The FEI, the international equestrian federation, wants to create an Olympic Council to better protect the sport's place on the Olympic programme.
The proposal will be put to the FEI’s extraordinary general assembly to be held in Lausanne on April 29, where members will also vote to amend the statutes in order to prolong the tenure of the FEI president beyond the present two-term limit.
During the FEI Bureau's monthly teleconference on February 13, it was announced that the main goal of the Olympic Council will be to "liaise on a more permanent basis between the FEI and the members of the Olympic Family with an equestrian background."
It proposes that the council will comprise the FEI president, all International Olympic Committee members (and honorary members) with an equestrian background, other representatives invited by the FEI president, the chairs of the FEI Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing committees, and the FEI secretary general.
The council would be chaired by the FEI president.
Ingmar De Vos, secretary general of the FEI, said: "The bureau strongly believes the FEI should undertake all the necessary and possible actions to protect the place of equestrian sport in the Olympic programme."
Equestrian proved to be a major success at the London 2012 Olympics, but the FEI is keen not to rest on its laurels, as the IOC looks at ways to revamp the Olympic programme.
Princess Haya of Jordan, the FEI president, is due to step down this year after serving the maximum two terms in office, but at the organisation's general assembly in Montreux, Switzerland last year, 100 of the body's 132 national federations signed a petition requesting the convening of an EGM to amend the statutes that would allow her to seek re-election for a third term.
That presidential election will now take place in mid-December, not early November as originally planned. The FEI said it had taken the decision to delay its general assembly by one month, and stage it after the IOC's extraordinary session in Monte Carlo on December 8 and 9.
The FEI Bureau explained: "Key decisions concerning the Olympic programme are expected to be taken by the IOC session. As a result, the FEI General Assembly, which was originally scheduled to take place from 3 to 6 November 2014, will now be organised from 11 to 14 December 2014."