FEI News
22 Sep 2005

FEI Secretary General Appointed

The FEI President, HRH The Infanta Do? Pilar de Borb? is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Claude Falciola (SUI) as FEI Secretary General on 14 September 2005.

A Swiss national from Geneva, Jean-Claude Falciola studied Engineering at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich and completed his formal education with an MBA at Stanford University (USA). He started his professional life in the pharmaceutical field with Eli Lilly and then joined Renardet Sauti, a major international engineering firm as CFO. For the past 27 years, Jean-Claude Falciola has been a partner with Egon Zehnder International, the world leading management consulting firm, specialised in the assessment and recruitment of business leaders. In the course of his broad international career, Jean-Claude Falciola has held senior management roles throughout the world, including the Middle East, Finland and Russia, while managing a large range of professional relations at the most senior level in organisations.

After many candidates from the horse and business worlds were assessed, Jean-Claude Falciola was appointed thanks to of his rounded and extensive experience in many types of businesses. An established team builder and manager, Jean-Claude Falciola (62) met all the relevant criteria.

A recreational rider, Jean-Claude Falciola has been involved in skiing for most of his life and has developed a keen interest in sport and the business surrounding it. Very much involved in the world of sport, he was able to establish close contacts with the IOC.

Jean-Claude Falciola?s primary task will be to manage the FEI head office in Lausanne in the context of structural changes.

His wide business experience will add significantly to the administration of the FEI, the sports side of which is managed extremely effectively by the Sports Director Michael Stone and the discipline Managers, who will provide all the support to him in this area.

HRH The Infanta Do? Pilar de Borb?, FEI President said: ?Jean-Claude Falciola is an excellent communicator and listener. His broad background and experience as a combination of assets made him the front runner. He will be supported by a strong management team with a deep knowledge of all facets of the sport?.

"Sport having always been a main driver in my life and a source of great satisfaction, I could certainly not resist a call from the FEI. I am highly enthusiastic about this appointment and the task ahead. The FEI is an organisation with enormous potential. It is a challenge I am eager to address.? Said Jean-Claude Falciola.

Driving News from the FEI

"Shoulder In" Movement in Dressage Test 8

In an effort to provide Drivers with more information on what is being looked for by the Judges in the ?Shoulder In? movement in Dressage Test 8 for Driving, the following has been produced by Mrs D Brownlie (GBR) and Dr Klaus Christ (GER):


The leaders are taken slightly off the track to the inside, so that the hindquarters of the outside leader is in a position in front of the pole head.

The leaders? shoulders are taken to the inside with a bend that must go through the whole body.

The leaders? inside legs cross over the outside legs so that the horses are working on three tracks.

Impulsion and rhythm from the whole team must be maintained.


Wheelers must not flex to the outside Leaders must not only have flexion in their necks. The leaders must not be positioned too far to the inside track so that the inside wheeler is beyond the head of the pole. The leaders? hindquarters must not escape out.

The Committee welcomes any comments or suggestions in respect to this movement within the test.?

Reminder: Driving Course

Registration for the FEI Course for International Course Designer and Candidate Course Designer, Avenches, SUI, 1-2 October 2005 is still open, registration date having been extended by the organiser.

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