In response to the recent damning article, Broken or fixed: the FEI equipment approval process, the equestrian community has criticised attempts made by the FEI to cover up equipment testing scandals, likening those involved to a naughty schoolboy who claims: “the dog ate my homework.”
The FEI continues to make false claims in an attempt to cover up multiple equipment testing scandals involving lies, deception, corruption, and fraud.
The article written by well-respected journalist Mr. Andy Brown of the independent and world-renowned investigation company, The Sports Integrity Initiative, has further exposed to the equestrian community an outright violation of equipment testing rules and process and the FEI’s blatant disregard for horse welfare, rider safety and commitment to the truth.
The equestrian community has rightfully responded with outrage at the FEI.
The Response and Comments Following the Investigation and Article are Warranted:
The FEI officials involved have faced ongoing criticism from the equestrian community, including allegations of corruption, since 2014, when they repeatedly failed to follow the correct equipment testing rule and process in several cases of equipment testing, including the WTP Bit and STS Irons.
The FEI ruling stated that after equipment testing, the equipment company must be supplied with the equipment testing results form by the 30th of June. The form results must be filled in and signed by the FEI Equipment Working Group only, a process designed to eliminate corruption and promote fair commercial competition.
Mr. Adrian Morgante, the winner of 13 international awards for his revolutionary horse industry products and the inventor of the WTP Bit and STS Irons, says the equestrian community is rightfully concerned about corruption within the FEI. He fears the abolition of a transparent equipment testing process will continue to allow acts of corruption within the FEI to go unchecked, putting horse welfare and riders’ lives at risk.
Three legal firms, equestrian riders, and Mr. Morgante have been requesting the Equipment Working Group signed testing reports for more than four years. The FEI has not supplied a reason why they have not provided them. Further, the FEI has never claimed they couldn’t supply the Equipment Working Group signed reports because of any legal action pending.
However, when the highly acclaimed journalist Mr. Brown of The Sports Integrity Initiative asked for the WTP Bit and STS Irons testing reports, the FEI claimed they couldn’t supply them: ‘The FEI has filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against him,’ wrote a FEI spokesperson in an email. ‘There is no lawsuit at this stage as the matter currently sits with the Prosecutor.’
During four years of correspondence with the equipment manufacturers, the FEI has never claimed they couldn’t supply the Equipment Working Group signed and dated reports because of any legal action pending; they just ignored all requests without reason.
Legal Opinion: Fei Caught out in Lies, Fabrications and Glaring Contradictions
We found the FEI claim contradictive as this was before the FEI supplied the false report on 25 July 2018 from the Chairman of the Dressage Committee, Mr. Frank Kemperman. Therefore, the FEI can provide the reports; unfortunately, for them, they submitted a fraudulent document and were caught out.
The FEI stated just recently to Mr. Brown it is with the prosecutor; however, we believe this to be a fabrication as there is no evidence of a complaint been filed with the Swiss authorities against Mr. Morgante or is sitting with a prosector for a decision. Further, as it would have been with the prosecutor before they filed the alleged complaint on 3 July 2018, sixteen months ago. It is understandable why Mr. Morgante has never been contacted, as the FEI would be compelled to provide the reports to him and the Swiss authorities, exposing the FEI lies and deception.
The FEI stated the WTP NP Bit has never been approved; however, when the FEI was asked the specific question, did the Equipment Working Group signed testing reports approve the bit, the FEI ignored the question: “WHY?” obviously because they did approve the bit.
Further, the report Ms. Power eluded to is the fake and backdated report she supplied from the Chairman of the Dressage Committee, Mr. Kemperman, on 25 July 2018. Further, the FEI informed Mr. Brown they could not provide the signed reports because of legal action pending with a prosecutor, a glaring contradiction.
The FEI ruling stated that after Equipment testing, the equipment company must be supplied with the equipment testing results form by the 30th of June. The form results must be filled in and signed by the FEI Equipment Working Group only.
As journalist Mr. Brown reported: