Stjórn FEIF sendi frá sér, rétt í þessu, yfirlýsingu vegna þeirra hrossa sem ekki hafa staðist skoðun að keppni lokinni, hér á Heimsmeistaramóti íslenska hestsins.
Í yfirlýsingunni kemur meðal annars fram.
Þeir dómarar sem starfa við útbúnaðar- og heilbrigðisskoðun vinna samkvæmt lögum og reglum FEIF. Þessar reglur hafa staðið óbreyttar í mörg ár og eru mjög skýrar.
Stjórn FEIF ber fullt traust til þeirra aðila sem starfa við útbúnaðar- og heilbrigðisskoðunina, enda eru þar að störfum vel menntaðir dómarar með margra ára reynslu af keppni á hæsta stigi.
Hér fyrir neðan má lesa yfirlýsingu FEIF í heild sinni.
The Board of FEIF issues the following statement regarding elimination of injured horses at the World Championships.
The officials in the health and equipment check work following established rules and regulations. These rules, regulations and the procedures and documents used in the work have been in place, unchanged, for many years.
The officials complete a written protocol for each inspection detailing their observations of the equipment used and any injuries. Any observed injuries are evaluated individually using a point-scale system. When the entire inspection is completed, a calculation is made combining the recorded points. If a horse receives a total of 4 or more points, the horse is eliminated from the test.
Before a final decision is taken to eliminate a horse, the Deputy Chief Judge reviews and confirms the findings including the calculation of the final wound score.
The Board of FEIF has full trust in the officials at the World Championships. All have been well trained and are experienced at competitions at the highest level. The Board of FEIF is completely confident the five gait checks were conducted according to the correct procedures.
In some cases, the standards followed by FEIF are higher and stricter than a veterinarian would consider for the treatment of an injured horse.