All horses entering FEI competitions must be vaccinated against equine influenza (flu). Every horse's passport is checked at events to ensure that the horse has been vaccinated according to the FEI Veterinary Regulations. All vaccinations must be administered by a licensed vet.
Your horse's vaccination schedule against equine influenza will look like this...
First Vaccination Day 0 (e.g. 1 March 2014)
Second Vaccination 21 - 92 days (e.g. 1 April 2014)
First Booster Within seven months of second vaccination of the primary course (e.g. 1 October 2014).
Subsequent boosters Minimum within one year of previous booster vaccination
Booster if competing Within six months + 21 days (and not within seven clear days) of before arrival at a competition
No. Equines who have only received the first vaccination of the primary course aren’t allowed to compete or enter the FEI stables at an event.
Equines who have received the primary course (i.e first and second vaccinations) can compete, provided the vaccine hasn’t been given within seven days of arriving at an event venue.
Yes. Equines who received their primary course before 2005 are exempt from the first booster requirement within seven months. Subsequent boosters are to be given at intervals of no later than one calendar year after the primary course. Equines must still have had a vaccination within six months and 21 days on the day of arrival at the event.
Equines can compete for up to six months +21 days after the second vaccination of the primary course. However, they can’t compete if they have been vaccinated within seven days of arriving at an event venue.
Equines who have received the primary course can compete provided that the vaccine has not been given within seven days of arriving at an event venue.
No. Vaccinations must be correctly identified in the passport for an FEI RC to be issued.
An FEI RC will be issued if the equine has had the first and second vaccinations of the primary course correctly administered. Unfortunately, a FEI RC cannot be issued if there are any irregularities with the diagram page or vaccinations. Contact British Equestrian on 02475 313 433 if you require clarification.
It’s responsibility of the Person Responsible (PR) for the equine to ensure that their equine has been vaccinated according to the FEI Veterinary Regulations. Sanctions can be given at events for any irregularities or not entering details of equine influenza vaccinations in the equine’s passport.
Sanctions may be given by the Ground Jury to PRs whose equines don’t comply with the FEI’s vaccination requirements. PRs may be issued with a fine, ineligibility to compete or disqualification from the event. A full list of sanctions can be found in Annex VI of the FEI Veterinary Regulations, which can be found below.
Where vaccination details are to be recorded into duplicate FEI RCs, the following statement can be used: "The vaccination history of this equine is correct to date. Last vaccination on 00/00/00 (date).” The statement must be signed, stamped and dated by a licensed vet.
You can find information on the FEI website here.