The International Horseball Federation (FIHB) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU) have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI.
The MOUs are based on a mutual commitment to equestrian sport and fostering its growth, and the FEI will increase collaboration with the FIHB and the FISU as part of these new agreements. The two organisations will work in close cooperation with the FEI, continuing to enhance best practice and the development of equestrian sport.
Founded in 1999, the FIHB was created to govern the sport of horseball worldwide, and maintain contact with the FEI. Horseball, a mix of “basketball and rugby on horseback”, is now played on five continents.
“As the sport of horseball becomes more widely known, the FIHB are delighted to be officially associated with the FEI, which raises our profile worldwide”, FIHB President Frederico Cannas said. “We believe our partnership with the FEI, together with their back-up and support, is key to bringing our sport to a higher level.”
The International University Sports Federation, FISU, was founded in 1949 and, developed within university institutions to effectively communicate sports values and uphold best sports practice through the university spirit. The FISU’s main responsibility is the supervision of both the Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships.
“Recognising our formal agreement with the FEI, and working in close association with them, will ensure our sport has a stronger future on a global scale”, FISU President, Claude-Louis Gallien said. “As an international organisation, we uphold the same principles and interests, enabling the development and excellence of university sport worldwide.”
“We are looking forward to strengthening our collaboration with both the FIHB and FISU, and to broaden the appeal of equestrian sport by working alongside like-minded organisations which share our core values”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
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FEI President Ingmar De Vos (left) receives horseball from FIHB President Frederico Cannas (right) to commemorate the signing of the MOU at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) today. (FEI)