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The future of eventing will be discussed at four open consultation forums organised by the FEI over the next ten months.

Open to national federations, organising committees, rider and officials they will form part of the consultation process to decide the future format for eventing and 2013 rules revision.

Forums will be held on 25 August in Luhmühlen during the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships, on 19 October in Guadalajara during the Pan American Games, on a day during the Australian International three-day-event at Adelaide (17-20 November) and in New Zealand next May.

Highlighted areas for discussion will include competition formats — including the possible merging of CIC and CCI classes — and the qualification of horses and riders.

The consultation process for the 2013 rules revision began in June 2011 with initial comments and suggestions now being taken forward to these open forums for discussion.

FEI eventing committee chair Giuseppe Della Chiesa said: “The future development of eventing will be at the heart of these forums.

“The feedback we have received so far from the global eventing community has been extremely constructive.

“We are looking forward to discussing these key issues face-to-face and in further detail at the forums.”

After the final forum the recommended rules revisions for eventing will then be finalised and presented to the FEI General Assembly in November 2012 for implementation on 1 January 2013.