From January 2020, all ponies competing in FEI competitions must have an FEI measured certificate in their national passports.
A pony's regulatory height at the withers must not exceed:
When a new pony is registered on the FEI database, they must be measured at an official FEI measuring session. Measured in ponies will receive a FEI measuring certificate according to their age – ponies eight years or older will receive a lifetime certificate, while ponies younger than eight years will receive a 15 months interim certificate and they must be remeasured once it expires to optain the lifetime certificate.
Ponies can attend a measuring session in any country, but they are not be allowed to be measured by an FEI measuring vet from the national federation under which the pony is registered. This is taken into account at all UK measuring sessions.
Pony measuring is administered by the FEI Veterinary Department, which determines and maintains a calendar of FEI Measuring Sessions in conjunction with National Federations, appoints the Measuring Veterinarians and provides FEI approved measuring equipment. All measuring sessions are carried out at a measuring station, which is run in accordance with FEI regulations and requirements. British Showjumping run the administration side of the session on behalf of British Equestrian.
Pony Measuring is carried out using FEI-approved measuring sticks, which are calibrated and certified by the designated weights and measures approving body every three years, or using any other FEI approved measuring equipment.
All ponies must be free of any substances included on the equine prohibited substances list, and EADCM samples may be taken during measuring sessions.
FEI official vets may take DNA samples of any or all ponies – such samples will not be used for purposes other than identification of the pony.
Further information regarding FEI Pony Measuring can be found in Chapter IX of the 2023 Veterinary Regulations. Rules are subject to change but the latest copy can be found here:
Your pony must hold a current FEI registration at the time of pony measuring. You must bring your national passport – your pony will not be measured unless you present your national passport, which will be used to check your pony’s identification.
Pony measuring is carried out using FEI-approved measuring sticks that are calibrated and certified by the designated weights and measures approving body on an annual basis, or using any other FEI approved measuring equipment. Two FEI measuring veterinarians will undertake the process.
Ponies may be walked in hand prior to your session in the designated area.
Ponies may be accompanied by a companion horse or pony during measuring. There will be no stabling available for your companion.
All ponies attending the National Training Centre must have completed their primary equine influenza vaccination course in line with the FEI. A booster vaccination must have been administered in the six months prior to attending.
Yes. When you have your booking confirmed, you will be provided with a site map plan for the lunging area. All ponies will be trotted up before the measuring takes place on a hardstanding surface.
Ponies should normally be presented by the person responsible (PR), or their representative. FEI General Regulations Article 118.3. state that no more than two people will be able to accompany the pony during measuring –this must be the PR and/or their representative and one other person. The individual presenting must be at least 16 years of age.
Any person obstructing or interfering with the pony measuring procedure, which may include but is not restricted to photography or videography, will be instructed to leave the measuring area.
The maximum presentation time for the measurement is 10 minutes per pony. In the event of a pony failing to relax sufficiently to be measured, the PR may request a 20-minute presentation time at the next measurement session, subject to approval by the FEI Veterinary Department.
You will be asked that you leave the venue as soon as you can once your measurement session has taken place.
If a pony measures out, it's blocked from entering in any FEI pony competition and registered as a horse if required. It can be re-measured once during the same year at another measuring session, and once a year in the two following consecutive years. In total, it may be measured four times in three consecutive years. If the pony measures out, there will be no further measuring at that session. The pony will have to be presented at another measuring session during the same year or later on.
Where possible, an FEI representative will attend the entire pony measuring session. However, the non-attendance of an FEI representative for the entire pony measuring session will not invalidate the measurements taken. A minimum of three stewards will be appointed to facilitate the measuring and safety of all participants.
Yes, a measuring veterinarian can refuse to measure your pony for the following reasons:
The measuring veterinarians will mark and sign the pony’s passport, on the identification page, stating the date, and the words “Refusal to Measure” and reason for the refusal in red pen.
The Measuring Veterinarians assess the appearance of the withers for abnormalities. If the Measuring Veterinarians have a doubt about the shape of the withers:
a) The pony will be measured;
b) A steward and/or a Measuring Veterinarian will accompany the pony in order to have its withers radiographed on site during the measuring session;
c) The Measuring Veterinarian will state “Refusal to measure” in the pony’s passport;
d) The radiographs will be sent to a panel of expert veterinarians appointed by the FEI;
e) In case the panel concludes that the withers shape is normal and the pony had measured in during the measuring session, a measuring certificate will be stuck on top of the statement “Refusal to measure”;
f) In case the panel concludes that the withers shape is abnormal, the pony will be definitely changed to “horse” in the FEI database and not allowed to represent to a measuring session.
You will be notified if your pony measures out. The pony will not be allowed to be re-measured on the day. Your national federation will be notified, and your pony will be blocked from entering in any FEI pony competition; and registered as a horse.
Your pony can be re-measured once during the same year at another measuring session. It can be measured once a year in the two following consecutive years. In total it may be measured four times in three consecutive years.
The measuring veterinarians will put a remark in the passport: with shoes /without shoes, on the identification page of your national passport.
Once your pony measures in, a sticker will need to be stuck to the identity pages of your pony’s national passport. Once it is measured in, you will be eligible to compete at FEI competitions.
Measured in ponies will receive a FEI Measuring Certificate according to their age. Ponies eight years or older will receive a lifetime certificate, ponies younger than eight years will receive a 15 month interim certificate.
Yes. Horses attending pony measurements are subject to testing under the EADCM Regulations.
For the purpose of the application of the EADCM Regulations to a horse attending a pony measurement session, a horse shall be considered as being “in-competition” from the time of its arrival at the pony measurement station until its departure from the pony measurement station following completion of the measurement process (including all related paperwork) and EADCMP testing (where applicable) (the “pony measurement period”).
In addition to the consequences foreseen for violation of the EAD Rules and/or the ECM Rules under the EADCM Regulations, a violation of the EAD Rules and/or ECM Rules in connection with a test taken at a pony measurement session may, at the discretion of the FEI, lead to the invalidation of the results of the relevant pony measurement
A list of FEI pony measuring sessions can be found using the following links:
General questions regarding pony measuring: Please contact British Equestrian on 02476 313 434.
Specific logistical queries about a session you are booked on: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.