Foreign Owners and Transfer Windows – Saddle up…it ain’t Football

Equestrian sport’s version of the transfer window shut on the 15th January, but the results are only becoming apparent now.

Many people are not aware that few top riders own the horses they compete on. Instead they ride and train with a horse that is owned by someone else who is free to sell the horse to anyone they choose.
The Olympic transfer deadline usually falls on 31 December. This time it was 15 January, this was voted in at the 2013 FEI general assembly, the reason for changing the date to 15 January from 31 December was to take account of office closures over the Christmas and New Year period for all associated organisations
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Being a Good Sport?

As the Olympics came to London for the first time in over sixty years, 2012 saw the popularity of sport increase beyond all imagination. Children were able to see sporting heroes competing on home ground, and those lucky enough even got to sit close enough to feel the atmosphere.

In recent months, the exposure of the widespread Russian doping scandal has put a dampener on what truly was a magnificent summer of sport. Following which, cycling championships have been tarnished with the discovery of an electric bike and, despite strong-willed speeches from President Lord Coe this week, leading brand Nestle, has now ceased its sponsorship of the Kids IAAF Athletics due to doping and corruption scandals.
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