All you need to know about competing in FEI classes, including FEI Rider and Horse registration, FEI passports and how to obtain an International Riders Licence.
FEI Registrations are MANDATORY under the rules of the FEI and must be renewed before entering your first FEI Competition each year. All registrations expire on 31st December each year regardless of when during the year athlete or horse is registered. Registration is free of charge for riders that are under the age of 18 as of January 1st.
FEI registrations for the following calendar year open on the 1st of November.
FEI Registration is not required for riders and horses who participate only in the FEI Children’s Competitions and World Challenges.
As of the 1st of January 2017 all newly registered horses with the FEI must obtain a national passport from ESNZ prior to registration (see FEI General Regulations Article 137). The National Passport must be filled out by a vet, include the horse’s microchip number and serves as a way to identify the horse by diagram and record the vaccination history. An approved National Passport can easily be upgraded to an FEI Passport as a Recognition Card once the horse reaches the level requiring an FEI Passport.
You must have FEI Registration if you are competing in the following:
To renew your current FEI Rider Registration or complete a new FEI Rider Registration ($30):
To renew a current FEI Horse Registration ($30) or complete a new FEI Horse Registration ($50) the horse must:
The FEI does not issue cards for FEI Registrations. You may find current Registrations on the FEI Database
Every horse that is registered with the FEI is required to have an FEI Medication Treatment Logbook maintained as a detailed register – it is an FEI Rule.
If you are competing your horse in any of the following FEI classes you will require an FEI passport:
An FEI passport costs NZ$350 and is valid for four years. Should the horse still require a FEI Passport following these 4 years it can be re-validated at a further cost of NZ$350 (increased charges may apply in four years’ time).
It may take up to four weeks for ESNZ to process an FEI Passport. ESNZ will charge an extra $20 for those FEI passports needing to be processed within 14 days of competition. To obtain an FEI Horse Passport or complete a new FEI Horse Passport Registration, the horse must:
A Riders Licence is a requirement if you are planning to ride overseas. Your ESNZ Full membership will need to be current as any license processed will run concurrently with your membership. When competing overseas you will be required to have an ESNZ Full Membership at $140/$90. Please note that if you intend to ride in FEI classes overseas you will also need to be FEI registered. Some National Federations also require that you become a member of the country in which you are competing for national classes. New Zealand has the same policy for Foreign Riders; they must be members of ESNZ to compete at national level.
Rider License fee (as of 1st August 2014) is $50
Complete a Rider Licence Form and submit it to ESNZ with payment and we can arrange for a Rider’s License to be processed and emailed to you.
A rider licence is approved by the discipline Sport Manager and the General Manager of ESNZ.
Please be aware that this can take a couple of days to process.
If a horse is competing at an FEI event in the country in which the horse lives, the horse must be
registered with the FEI and be identifiable.
From 1 January 2017 all newly FEI registered horses must have a national passport approved by the FEI (see FEI General Regulations Article 137).
The National Passport serves as a way to identify the horse by diagram and record the vaccination history.
An approved National Passport can easily be upgraded to an FEI Passport as a Recognition Card once the horse reaches the level requiring an FEI Passport.
Equine passports and FEI Recognition cards serve as a record of:
All new FEI registered horses from 1 January 2017.
All Horses upgrading to an FEI Passport/Recognition Card from 1 January 2017.
FEI Passports and Recognition Cards are obtained from National Federations, and must be re-validated every four years. National Passports are also obtained from National Federations, but do not require revalidation.
In order to obtain a National Passport, FEI Passport or Recognition Card the horse must be microchipped.
All horses being registered with the FEI for the first time must also be microchipped.
Only a registered veterinarian can complete the diagram and description pages and implant the microchip.
If you are competing in an FEI CIM (Concours International Mineur) event in the same country in which
your horse resides, for that horse’s first time, from 1 January 2017 you will need to obtain a national
passport and must have FEI registration.
FEI CIM events:
|Jumping||CSI1* & CSI2*, CSI Y, J, Ch, V, Am – Category B|
|Eventing||CCI1* & CCI2*, CIC1* & CIC2*|
|Dressage||CDI1* & CDI2*, CDI Y, J, Ch, P, YH|
|Endurance||CEI1* & CEI2*|
|Para-Equestrian||CPEDI1*, CPEDI2*, CPEAI1* & CPEAI2*, CPEI Y, J, Ch|
If you are competing in an FEI event that is higher than a CIM, as per below, or you are competing in a
CIM event in another country, then an FEI document (an FEI Passport or FEI Recognition Card) is required
and can be issued by your National Federation.
|Jumping||CSI3*, 4* & 5*, CSI-W World Cup|
|Eventing||CCI3* & 4*, CIC3*|
|Dressage||CDI3*, 4* & 5*, CDI-W World Cup|
|Endurance||CEI3* & 4*, CEIO|
Your horse will need;
1) FEI registration,
2) to be microchipped.
You will need these validated by ESNZ by mid December of the given year if you wish to compete in FEI competition in the following January and onwards. You will also need a National Passport, these are obtained from ESNZ.
FEI registrations (for horse and rider) for 2018 open from 1 November 2017.
The ESNZ National Passport is $20 and is included in the cost of registering a horse for the FEI for the first time. The ID section will be required to be completed by a registered veterinarian.
You must send the FEI document to your National Federation. They will certify the change of ownership and forward the information to the FEI.
This will be discussed with the disciplines in the next six months as we decide what we need to do moving
No, the ESNZ national passport is for FEI competition within NZ only; your horse will require an FEI passport for overseas competition.
No, the ESNZ Endurance/CTR logbooks serve as a record of the horse’s results in those competitions, at national and FEI level, and are not approved by the FEI for use as a national passport. The new national
passport is approved by the FEI, and serves as a record of attendance in FEI events only (not results). So
therefore, an Endurance horse, competing in FEI for the first time, will need a current ESNZ Endurance
logbook, AND a new national passport.