International

INTERNATIONAL (FEI) COMPETITION

All international horse sports are governed by the rules of the Federation Equestre International (FEI). The FEI deals with National Federations (NFs). Our National Federation is the British Equestrian Federation (BEF). All international fixtures are run under the FEI rules, these can be found here: FEI Eventing Rules

To enter and compete at any FEI international event you must have:

1. Current Rider FEI Registration

2. Current Horse FEI Registration

3. Up to date vaccinations

4. Must be microchipped

5. Sufficient MERs  

6. Downloaded and complete 10 day temperatures on the FEI HorseApp

For full FEI International Fixtures list go to: eventing Events | FEI.org

     Please see below for more information on entering an international event.

FEI REGISTRATION & VACCINATIONS

HORSE AND RIDER REGISTRATION

To compete at an FEI competition both horse and rider must be registered with the FEI.

Registrations must be renewed ANNUALLY at the cost of £17 per rider and £17 per horse.

To register a NEW RIDER OR HORSE for an FEI registration please complete this form: FEI_Horse___Rider_Reg_Forms_2018.pdf (cloudinary.com)

and need to be sent to the BE office info@britisheventing.com

To RENEW A RIDER OR HORSE please email your name, membership number, horse name and horse registration number to info@britisheventing.com

Please note that FEI registrations and renewals can take up to 14 days to process in busy periods, however there is a fast-track option available at an extra fee of £20.

FEI PASSPORTS

A horse will need an FEI passport / recognition card if they are competing at CCI4*- S and above in the UK OR at any competition outside the UK.

The earliest a passport / recognition card can be revalidated is two months before the expiry date on the passport.

To apply for an FEI passport / recognition card, send this form Horse and pony passport application.pdf (cloudinary.com) to info@britisheventing.com

Horses can compete in FEI competitions without  a FEI passport / recognition card for the following classes:

Standard Internationals: CCI1*, CCI2* & CCI3*

Youth and Championships: CCIP1, CCIP2, CCIJ1*, CCIY2*, CCIYH1*, CCIYH2* & CCIU252*

MICROCHIPS

All horses applying for an FEI registration for the first time must be microchipped.

 

To update or change the passport details including revalidation please contact: info@britisheventing.com

VACCINATIONS

It is stated within the FEI rule that:

Annex 2, 2.4 - All horses competing under FEI Rules are required to be vaccinated in accordance with FEI Veterinary Regulations and Eventing Rules. These require that booster vaccinations be given within six months of the arrival at the stables, which may be extended by 21 days in order to provide a window for revaccination; a shorter interval is permitted, but this will set the date for the next booster vaccination.

You will need to make sure that your vaccination record in your horse's passport is up to date and complete, showing the full history including the primary course and all yearly boosters – all passports will be checked.

EHV

The FEI HorseApp will now be required for all riders anywhere in the world from 1 January 2022. ALL horses competing at ALL FEI Events must fulfil the Horse Health Requirements via the FEI HorseApp.  More information can be found here: Horse Health | FEI

The FEI has stated:

EHV-1 By-Law No. 5. Mandatory rectal temperature checks of all horses twice daily at Events, with the readings entered in the FEI HorseApp.
EHV-1 By-Law No. 10. Horse Health Status Self-declaration by Athlete/Groom including horse rectal temperatures for the THREE days prior to arrival at the Event, both entered in the FEI HorseApp.

For further information on EHV rules and the FEI HorseApp please go to the EHV tab on this page. 

To ensure your horse has obtained all the correct vaccinations to compete please go to: Vaccinations | FEI

FEI HORSE APP & EHV

The FEI HorseApp will now be required for all riders anywhere in the world from 1 January 2022. ALL horses competing at ALL FEI Events must fulfil the Horse Health Requirements via the FEI HorseApp.  More information can be found here: Horse Health | FEI

The FEI has stated:

EHV-1 By-Law No. 5. Mandatory rectal temperature checks of all horses twice daily at Events, with the readings entered in the FEI HorseApp.
EHV-1 By-Law No. 10. Horse Health Status Self-declaration by Athlete/Groom including horse rectal temperatures for the THREE days prior to arrival at the Event, both entered in the FEI HorseApp.

Summary of Horse Health Requirements for  ALL FEI Events:

1. Two daily temperature readings for every Horse competing at FEI Events for the THREE days leading up to the arrival at an FEI Event

·        To be entered in the FEI HorseApp.

·        Must be done on a daily basis.

·        Step by step guidelines can be found on the FEI “How to” Database here.

·        For clarification, the three days prior to an arrival by a rider at the Event are calculated as per this example: If they plan to arrive at the Event on the Thursday, they will have to enter the temperatures for the three preceding days, which are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

 

2. Horse Health FEI Self-Certification form for all Horses attending an FEI Event

  • To be entered in the FEI HorseApp.

  • Must be done the day before or day of arrival at FEI Event.

  • Step by step guidelines can be found on the FEI “How to” Database here.

3. Entering of two daily temperature readings for each Horse whilst at an FEI Event

  • To be entered in the FEI HorseApp.

  • It is no longer required to record temperatures on a chart on the stable door.

  • Step by step guidelines can be found on the FEI “How to” Database here.

 

If any of the Horse Health Requirements are not fulfilled, the EHV-1 By-Law Sanctions will apply and these sanctions cannot be appealed.

What are the Sanctions?

They are outlined in the table below;

 

Offence

Sanction

First offence

Warning

Second offence

CHF 200 fine

Third offence

CHF 300 fine and Horse blocked for at least 10 days until required temperatures entered:

    • By-Law No.5: The Horse is eliminated by the Ground Jury

    • By-Law No.10: The Horse can compete in the particular Event and is then blocked

Fourth or further offence

CHF 400 fine and Horse blocked for at least one month until required temperatures entered:

    • By-Law No.5: The Horse is eliminated by the Ground Jury

    • By-Law No.10: The Horse is NOT allowed to enter the venue

False registration of temperature

Reported to FEI HQ for possible further disciplinary action

 

 

 

Where can I find more Information About the App and Sanctions?

  • the EHV-1 By-Law Sanctions and how they will work can be found here.

  • the FEI HorseApp and information on how to use it can be found here.

How can Violations be Removed?

If for example, the system sanctions a horse because the Self-Certification Form was not filled in for a specific Event – and the FEI find out that the horse was never at that Event – the FEI would remove the sanction and therefore the Horse Health Requirements will be recalculated and the violation removed.

 

If a horse arrives at an Event and has not done the temperatures prior to its arrival or the Self-Certification Form, the Vet on site will examine the horse and will be notified of this. The Vet will inform the Person Responsible that they can still enter the information to save themselves from violating the Horse Health Requirements. The Person Responsible will have until midnight of the day they arrive to fill in the temperatures and the Self-Certification Form. If they do this there will be no sanction, but if they do not, a sanction is applied and cannot be appealed. 

 

Other people can be nominated via the HorseApp to enter the horse’s temperature so there is never an excuse that there was insufficient reception/wi-fi etc.

 

How will the Fines be Issued?

The FEI will issue the fines. BE will contact the rider regarding this but it is the riders responsibility to pay this fine.

 

Where can I find out more?

The FEI “How to” platform is full of useful information with easy screen shots, step by step instructions and is a great resource for finding help - FEI How To

The HorseApp specific help links can be found here:

·        How to enter Horse temperatures on the FEI HorseApp

·        How to create my FEI account on a FEI mobile application

·        How to submit my Horse Health Self-Certification Form on the FEI HorseApp

·        How to manage My Horses on the FEI HorseApp

·        How to upload a PCR test on the FEI HorseApp

·        How to log in to the FEI HorseApp

·        How to check-in a Horse using the FEI HorseApp

·        How to report an incorrect Person associated with my Horse

Exporting EQUINES

From the 15th January 2022, to export horses abroad you will require a CPH number. This CPH number will be required to be inputted on to the Defra Health Certificates issued by your official vet (OV).

Please click HERE to download the DEFRA form that must be completed and returned to - Equine.Registration@apha.gov.uk. You should receive your CPH numbers from Defra within 2-3 days after submitting the form.

Please note that this is a requirement from DEFRA and all forms should be sent to their email address.

International Horse Transport

For more information, we advise you look to and contact: International Horse Transport | Peden Bloodstock

And for further information on travelling horses, go to the BEF website: Travelling to Europe - British Equestrian

FEI RULES 2022

ALL International (FEI) competitions are run under FEI Rules and Regulations. 

Members wishing to compete in any FEI competitions are reminded to look at the relevant FEI Rules and Regulations.

On the Eventing Rules page there is also a useful 'Use of Tack Equipment' reference document.

 

FEI EVENTING DRESSAGE TESTS

FEI Eventing Dressage Tests 2022 - https://inside.fei.org/fei/your-role/organisers/eventing/dressage-tests

 

 

ENTRIES

To enter an international competition BOTH the horse and rider must have a current FEI registration. These must be renewed annually.

UK Home FEI Internationals -  

Entries for UK FEI events can be made on the British Eventing Website on the event specific page.

Overseas FEI Internationals -  

For an overseas event you must download and fill out this form: Application for Overseas Events 2011.indd (cloudinary.com) (please ignore the payment section of the form, this form is due to be revised without it as this is now included in the Premier Membership) and send it to international@britisheventing.com.

Please note your application will be declined if this form is not filled out and FEI registrations are invalid. We do not accept applications in any other format.

If you are uncertain whether you/your horse are qualified for the level that you wish to enter, please contact International on 02475313659 or international@britisheventing.com to check your qualifications.

COVID - 19 TRAVEL GUIDANCE

For those aiming to travel abroad, we advise you to look to the Government guidelines for elite sport: Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for elite sport - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Minimum Entry Requirements (MERs)

Please note to enter an international event you must meet BOTH FEI MERs AND GBR MERs.

It states in our BE Rules and Members Handbook, that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure MERs are fulfilled. Failure to do so will be a breach of these rules.

For International classes an MER is the following:

           Dressage test with no more than 45 penalties

           No cross-country jumping penalties, and no more than 30 time penalties (75 seconds) at one, two, three and four star level, no more than 40 penalties (100 seconds) at five star major

           No more than 16 show jumping penalties

If you do not know which category FEI athlete you are, you can find out on the FEI website. If you have not entered an international event before, you will be an uncategorised rider.

Please see below the list of MERs required:

LEVEL

RIDER CATEGORY 

FEI REQUIRMENTS 

(to be achieved by horse & rider combination unless stated below)

 

GBR REQUIRMENTS

(to be achieved by horse & rider as a combination OR separately) 

CCI1* - Intro ALL ATHLETES     3 x BE100/ BE100 PLUS/ BE105
CCI2* - Short ALL ATHLETES     2 x Novice
CCI3* - Short A, B, C & D Athletes     1 x CCI2* S/L OR 1 x Intermediate
  Uncategorised Athletes 1 x CCI2* S PLUS 1 x Intermediate
CCI4* - Short A & B Athletes 1 x CCI3* S (Horse only) PLUS 2 x CCI3* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
         
   C, D & Uncategorised Athletes 3 x CCI3* S PLUS 1 x CCI3* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
CCI2* - Long ALL ATHLETES     4 x Novice PLUS 1 x Intermediate OR 4 x Novice PLUS 1 x CCI2* S OR 6 x Novice
CCI3* - Long A, B & C Athletes 1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S (Horse only) PLUS 1 x CCI3* S OR 2 x Intermediate
  D Athletes 1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S PLUS 1 x CCI3* S OR 2 x Intermediate
         
  Uncategorised Athletes
 
2 x CCI3* S AND (1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S) PLUS 1 x Advanced OR 2 x Intermediate
CCI4* - Long A & B Athletes 1 x CCI3* L (Horse only) PLUS 1 x CCI4* S PLUS (1 x CCI4* S OR 1 x Advanced)
         
   C, D & Uncategorised Athletes

2 x CCI3* L AND 1 x CCI4* S

OR 1 x CCI3* L AND 2 x CCI4* S

PLUS 1 x CCI4* S PLUS (1 x CCI4* S OR 1 x Advanced)
CCI5* - Long A Athletes with horses having not yet obtained an MER at CCI5* L Competition 1 x CCI4* L PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L PLUS (1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  A Athletes with horses having already obtained an MER at CCI5* L Competition 2 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L PLUS (1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  B Athletes 1 x CCI4* L AND 3 x CCI4* S    
         
   C, D & Uncategorised Athletes 2 x CCI4* L AND 3 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced

You can find a full list of MERs for every level of competition both National and International HERE.

The International Levels

From 2019, the FEI renamed the international classes; the new nomenclature can be found in the table below.

S = Short

L = Long 

Relating to the difference in the length of the cross country course.

New class code from 2019 Previously known as Maximum Height
CCI1*-Intro New introductory level 1.05m
CCI2*-S CIC1* 1.10m
CCI2*-L CCI1* 1.10m
CCI3*-S CIC2* 1.15m
CCI3*-L CCI2* 1.15m
CCI4*-S CIC3* 1.20m
CCI4*-L CCI3* 1.20m
CCI5*-L CCI4* 1.30m
Olympic Games and WEG - Special category Olympic Games and WEG 1.30m

Useful documents

Contact

For information on international competition and qualification please contact Tirion Budd on 02475 313659 or tirion.budd@britisheventing.com

Championships

British Eventing have a host of Championships at International level. Use this page to find links to selection policies, dates of upcoming Championships and eligibility requirements.

Minimum eligibility requirements

BE Rules and Members' Handbook