Equestrian Bahamas has gained international federation status with the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), the governing body for international equestrian sport. The official ratification took place at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow, Russia, this week.
The Bahamas joins Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands as members of Group IV of the FEI, which in total is comprised of 137 national federations.
Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) President Romell Knowles called it “tremendous news”. He praised the Equestrian Bahamas Federation, noting that their “dedication and persistence paid off – not only for equestrian sport but for the Olympic family and by extension The Bahamas at large.”
Equestrian Bahamas President Cathy Ramsingh-Pierre was elated at the success of the federation in achieving this goal.
“Gaining international federation status will impact our sport at every level,” she said. “From our continued development of the fundamentals here at home, all the way to the Bahamian equestrians who are already competing at a high level abroad, they will now be able to carry our flag in international equestrian competition.”
Ramsingh-Pierre praised the efforts of all involved.
“I would like to thank the entire team of officers and directors of Equestrian Bahamas, as well as all the riders, trainers, parents and other horse enthusiasts, and especially the Bahamas Olympic Committee for their tremendous support in our quest to build equestrian sport in The Bahamas and realize this goal,” she said.
Peter Vlasov, member of the Board of Directors of Equestrian Bahamas, represented The Bahamas at the general assembly and accepted the official certification of recognition on behalf of the federation.