The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) is the world governing body for all international equestrian sport, including jumping, dressage and para dressage, eventing, driving and para driving, endurance and vaulting.
The FEI Recognition Card (RC) is a cover that wraps around your equine’s national passport. An FEI RC is mandatory for equines competing at most international FEI-sanctioned events. Further information can be found on the FEI website.
FEI RCs are not compulsory for horses competing in their country of residence for CIM events.
You can compete using just your national passport. From 1 January 2017, all equines must be identifiable with a national passport approved by the FEI. If an equine is competing at a CIM in the country in which the equine resides, the equine must be registered with the FEI and be identifiable.
Please note if a FEI RC is presented to the FEI Veterinarian Official at a CIM event and an irregularity is detected, he/she must impose a sanction according to the regulations. Please remember to just present your national passport in this instance.
A CIM is a Minor International Event. A list of CIMs by Discipline can be found below. For example you would not require a FEI RC if you were competing in a horse's country of residence for a Jumping CSI1* but if you were travelling abroad you would need one.
Your equine must be registered on the FEI database and a copy of their national passport uploaded to the FEI database. Please contact the discipline you compete with – they’ll be able to do this as part of the passport application process or if you’re competing at lower level CIMs.
Unfortunately, a FEI RC can’t be issued if there are any irregularities with the diagram page or vaccinations. Contact British Equestrian on 02475 313 433 if you require further clarification.
Please contact your discipline to apply for a FEI RC.
British Eventing: 02476 698856
British Showjumping: 02476 698800
British Dressage/ Para Dressage: 02476 698830
Endurance GB: 02475 313353
British Carriage Driving: 07494 876 814
Contact your discipline to request a duplicate RC. If the national equine passport has been lost, too, you must obtain a duplicate one first.
An RC must be renewed every four years if you intend to compete in FEI competitions.
There may be some lower level FEI competitions where an RC isn’t required, but you will need to check with the organiser of the event.
You don’t need to renew an RC once it has expired if you’re no longer planning to compete at FEI competitions.
If you are competing in a FEI CIM event and your RC has expired, do not present the RC part at the vet inspection otherwise you will be sanctioned for not revalidating it. Just present the national passport for inspection.
Please contact your discipline to arrange for the passport to be revalidated. You’ll need to send them your RC and national passport. Your Flu vaccinations will be checked for compliancy according to the FEI rules.
Changing the ownership on the RC cannot be done online by an owner.
Please contact your discipline to arrange for the passport to be updated. You’ll need to send them your RC and national equine passport so that both the ownership details match on the RC and the national passport.
If your national passport is from a UK Passport Issuing Organisation, we would recommend that you arrange for the ownership details to be updated by them first before sending it to your discipline for updating the RC.
Please do not send the RC to the National Passport Issuing Organisation as this can only be updated by the National Federation.
Name changes are highly discouraged by the FEI.
The Horse Birth Name must remain the same for the entire life of the Horse in the FEI Database and/or FEI Document.The equines birth name will still need to be recorded. In order to change the name of a horse once it has been issued a passport you will need to contact your discipline.
Any modification/change to the current name of the Horse or the creation of a different current name than the Horse Birth Name is considered a name change by the FEI.
Inappropriate names: Horse names that are offensive towards other persons, that could be considered political, religious or racial propaganda, or which are discriminatory in any way (an “Inappropriate Name”) will not be accepted by the BEF or by the FEI, whether that is the birth name of the Horse or a requested name change. Even after a name has previously been accepted by the FEI, whether as a requested name change or the original birth name of the Horse, the FEI reserves the right, acting in its sole discretion, to subsequently require a name change if the FEI determines, based on validated information, that the name in question is an Inappropriate Name.
Horse Name Criteria and Name Change Fees
Free of charge - back to the birth name
Free of charge - use of the National Sport name - The use of the Horse’s National Sport Name as the Horse’s Current Name in accordance with the following criteria:
Invoiced - higher fee - Any Horse Name Change for a Horse created or already existing in the FEI Database is invoiced following the criteria below.
1. Complete change of Current Name: i.e. VLEUT => GUCCIO TEQUILA DU TYL => AL MAZYOUNA
2. Commercial Names: The FEI consider a commercial name as:
Invoiced - lower fee
1. Addition of Breed or Breeding associations’ initials
2. Addition of non-profit organisation or state organisation name initials
3. Addition of Non-Commercial Initials
4. Addition of Stable Name or Initials
5. Name Shortening
6. Addition of Horse Pedigree Names
7. Small name change
A small name change that does not fall into any cases above in the higher rate. This can include but is not limited to:
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 6 months +21 days (and not within seven clear days) of before arrival at a competition
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.
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.