International Federation for Equestrian Sports

International Federation for Equestrian Sports
Sport Equestrian
Jurisdiction International
Abbreviation FEI
Founded 1921
Affiliation International Olympic Committee, ASOIF
Affiliation date 1921, 1983
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
President Ingmar De Vos
Official website
www.fei.org

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (French: Fédération Équestre Internationale, FEI) is the international governing body of equestrian sports.

The FEI headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. An FEI code of conduct[1] protects the welfare of the horses from physical abuse or doping.

Disciplines

The FEI recognizes eight disciplines under global governance in both regular and para-equestrianism competition:

The following two disciplines are under regional governance:

The FEI does not govern or provide rules for horse racing or polo, but in the latter case, it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federation of International Polo.

Events

Olympic and Paralympic Games

Jumping, Dressage and Eventing have been a part of the Olympics since 1912. Para-Equestrian Dressage has been part of the Paralympic games since 1996. Jumping has been part of the Youth Olympic Games since its creation in Singapore in 2010. For more equestrian information about the Olympics, the Paralympic and the Youth Olympic games (results, images, statistics), please visit the FEI History Hub.[10]

FEI World Equestrian Games

The FEI has organized the FEI World Equestrian Games every four years since 1990. The idea of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) came into being in the mid-1980s and was strongly supported by HRH Prince Philip, who was then FEI President.

The WEG encompasses the World Championship titles in all the FEI global disciplines.[11]

World Cup

The FEI World Cup is an indoor series and takes place throughout the world with qualifying leagues leading to a final in each of the disciplines. The FEI World Cup series began with show jumping in 1978 and has since been extended to the disciplines of dressage, driving, and vaulting. Main events include:

World, continental and regional championships

FEI World, Continental and Regional Championships are held in all the FEI disciplines and age categories. Events include:

  • World Eventing Championships for Young Horses
  • FEI World Driving Championships for Four-in-Hand
  • FEI World Driving Championships for Singles
  • FEI World Endurance Championships for Seniors
  • FEI World Vaulting Championships for Seniors
  • FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

Ratings

History

The FEI was formed in 1921 with the joining of the national organizations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States of America.[12] Today, there are 134 National Equestrian Federations affiliated with the FEI.[13]

Year Number of
affiliated nations
19218
192821
193831
196048
197054
197562
198681
2014132
2015133
2016134

Presidents

There have been 13 different presidents of the organization. Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford is the only individual to have served twice. Nowadays, a President can serve for a maximum of two terms. Since 2014, the President of the FEI is Ingmar De Vos from Belgium.

# President Nation Term
1Baron du TeilFrance1921–1927
2General Gerrit Johannes MarisNetherlands1927–1929
3Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van UffordNetherlands1929–1931
4General Guy V. HenryUSA1931–1935
5Baron Max Von Holzing-BertstettGermany1935–1936
6Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van UffordNetherlands1936–1939
7Magnus RydmanFinland1939–1946
8Baron Gaston de TrannoyBelgium1946–1954
9Prince Bernhard of Lippe-BiesterfeldNetherlands 1954–1964
10Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghUK1964–1986
11Anne, Princess RoyalUK1986–1994
12Infanta Pilar, Duchess of BadajozSpain1994–2006
13Princess Haya bint Al HusseinJordan2006-2014
14Ingmar De VosBelgiumSince 2014

References

  1. The FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse
  2. "Disciplines – Dressage – About Dressage". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. "Disciplines – Driving – About Driving". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  4. "Disciplines – Endurance – About Endurance". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  5. "Disciplines – Eventing – About Eventing". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. "Disciplines – Driving – About Para Equestrian Driving". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. "Disciplines – Reining". Fei.org. 2 August 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  8. "Disciplines – Jumping – About Jumping". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  9. "Disciplines – Vaulting – About Vaulting". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  10. "Olympic & Paralympic Welcome Page - FEI History Hub". history.fei.org. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  11. "FEI Championships". FEI. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  12. Allen, K; Schumacher, SA (2015). "Chapter 26: Impact of FEI rules on sport horse medications". In Sprayberry, KA; Robinson, NE. Robinson's Current Therapy in Equine Medicine (7th ed.). Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 112–115. ISBN 9780323242165.
  13. "FEI National Federation Members". fei.org. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
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