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The United States has voted to leave the FEI and form a breakaway global governing body for endurance — if a clean-up of the sport does not prove successful this year.

The motion, which dominated last weekend’s American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), addressed the “growing alarm among AERC members that mounting drug violation and fatalities and fractures in some region VII [Middle East] countries are injuring the reputation of our sport worldwide.

The AERC wants to see “measurable progress” by 1 January 2015. This should “include, but not be limited to, greater transparency in public reporting of fatalities and fractures occurring at or associated with FEI endurance rides”.

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This article was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (13 March 2014)