FEI Events – Important Information

NF News – FEI Board Meeting Resolutions 

Dear National Federations,

The FEI Board met via videoconference on 21 October. In addition to the allocation of the FEI Dressage and Para Dressage European Championships 2023 to Riesenbeck (GER) as communicated here, the FEI Board also discussed and agreed important updates to the EHV-1 By-Laws as well as a number of other key resolutions. These have all been summarised below.

  • EHV-1 By-Laws and updates on sanctions for non-compliance

Following feedback from the community and the opportunity for the FEI to study additional veterinary information around biosecurity, the FEI Board agreed to reduce the 10-day temperature-taking requirement to three days prior to arrival at an FEI Event, with immediate effect.

As a follow-up to the communique sent to you on 30 September 2021, please be reminded that full implementation of the EHV-1 By-Law Sanctions for non-compliance with requirements in Mainland Europe commences on 1 November 2021. 

The educational period during the month of October, which has allowed NFs, Athletes and Grooms to familiarise themselves with the sanctions, has been positive and the number of consecutive violations has been low.

Sanctions will be applied from 1 November 2021 for non-compliance with:

  • 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.

The relevant sanctions will apply per Horse and will be issued by FEI Headquarters following an automated process. Any applicable fine will be issued to the Person Responsible. Sanctions are not appealable.

Emailer alerts are being sent to Athletes and FEI Veterinarians to inform them of this important update to EHV-1 By-Law No.10 and with regards to the full implementation of the EHV-1 By-Law Sanctions for non-compliance with requirements in Mainland Europe commences on 1 November 2021. 

We encourage all NFs and equestrian associations to also actively reach out to their members/communities in this regard.

The EHV-1 By-Laws are available here and the Sanctions are described here.