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Our Mission

The South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF) is the national governing body for all equestrian sports in South Africa. These sports include the FEI-recognized disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, Showjumping, Vaulting, Endurance, Reining, Para-equestrian, and Driving, with the non-FEI disciplines of Western Mounted Games, Mounted Archery, Showing, Saddle Seat, Equitation, Tentpegging, English Mounted Games, Polo and Polocrosse.

SAEF governs the official relations with the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), with its affiliation established since 1947. It also oversees the interactions between the South African government with equestrian athletes and professionals. SAEF is registered with SASCOC as the officially recognised Equestrian Federation. The South African Equestrian Federation is the main body for the administration of Equestrian Sport in South Africa. The commitment to success is encouraged at every level of the sport and over the 17 disciplines affiliated with the SAEF.

Deliver Value to our Members

We recognise the landscape of participation is changing. The SAEF strives to become more meaningful and connected within the community. This will be achieved through increased levels of communication and user-friendly digital resources while seeking to provide greater flexibility for access into the sport through the development and execution of highly effective pathways for athletes, coaches, and officials.

A big part of this success is the tireless commitment and excellence shown by our sports administrators, coaches, officials, volunteers, owners and our athletes of all ages performing at all levels as well as the importance placed on sportsmanship and the welfare of horses.

 The Welfare of the Horse is paramount

The SAEF requires all those involved in equestrian sport to adhere to the SAEF’s Code of Conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the Horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.

Strive to increase the visibility of Equestrian Sport across South Africa

We will identify opportunities to highlight and promote equestrian sport in an effort to raise its profile across South Africa. We will build and foster relationships with external stakeholders and corporate partners to ensure we remain current for our members. We will initiate change in our business to constantly improve the environment in which we operate, to ensure we maximise the visibility of the sport.

Build our foundation

We will build a financial and cultural foundation from which the sport can extend its reach and capacity. Strong governance, effective leadership, efficient procedures and best practice administration management will ensure we achieve success.

Strive for Unity

We will work proactively with all levels of the sport including Provincial Federations, Discipline Associations, Members and volunteers to collaborate and achieve the best outcomes for the sport.

 

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