Affiliation Process 

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FEI NATIONAL FEDERATIONS (NFS)

INTRODUCTION
There are 134 National Federations affiliated to the FEI. Each National Federation (NF) is the sole authority (besides the FEI itself) for FEI equestrian disciplines in the country where it is located.

The FEI works in conjunction with the National Federation of each country member to regulate and govern the equestrian disciplines recognised by the FEI. FEI Membership is open to the one national governing body from any country which is effectively in control of or is in a position to effectively control at least the Olympic equestrian disciplines,supported by its National Olympic Committee.

To view the list of all affiliated countries, click here.

 

WHY TO BECOME AN FEI AFFILIATE ?
By becoming an FEI Affiliate, NFs have the right to host international equestrian events under and according to FEI Statutes, General Regulations and Sport Rules. It also gives the right to attend and vote at the annual General Assembly and to benefit from FEI's development programmes aiming at promoting the sport.

Member NFs can apply for development assistance through the NF Liaison Office. They are permitted to participate at world and continental championships, to propose amendments to official rules or submit proposals for new rules through the Technical Committees concerned. They receive or have access to current information relevant to equestrian sport and its management as outlined by the FEI.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR FEI MEMBERSHIP

Any national equestrian structure applying for affiliation as a National Federation (NF) shall file an application with the FEI demonstrating that the applicant fulfils all conditions set for FEI membership. The application process will include the following steps:

Step 1 – OPENING OF AFFILIATION PROCESS

The applicant country sends to the FEI Secretary General through the  

  1. A letter of motivation
  2. The Questionnaire I for affiliation (click here to download the document)
  3. A letter of recommendation from a relevant national sports authority (e.g. Ministry of Sports, NOC, etc.)
Step 2 – VERIFICATION
  1. Cross-checking of information received by the FEI Secretary General's Office with, as applicable, Group Chair and/or Regional Officer
  2. If the affiliation process is to be continued:
  • Request for complementary information/adjustments through the Questionnaire II for affiliation (click here to download the document)
  • Inspection visit (by the Group Chair)
  • To move to Step 3
Step 3 – DECISION PROCESS
  1. Report and recommendation to the Bureau by the FEI Secretary General
  2. If the affiliation process is not to be continued: Letter to the applicant with reasons for rejecting the application
  3. Decision by the FEI General Assembly for affiliation (no provisional affiliation) and classification of the applicant in the NFs Classification Chart, including setting of fee and Regional Group membership
Step 4 – WELCOME TO THE NEW NF
  1. Welcome package to the new NF (including Rules, Statutes, FEI flag, FEI certificate of affiliation signed by the FEI President, FEI Focus, website  template, etc.); signature of Financial Undertaking for payment of annual fees.
  2. Visit of FEI Headquarters (at FEI's expense) by the new NF President and/or Secretary General: introduction to FEI procedures / departments. FEI's support  through development programmes to follow.
For any additional information on how to become an FEI member Federation, please contact our NF Liaison Office.

 

REGIONAL GROUPS
NFs are organised into nine Regional Groups. Their role is to promote and coordinate the development and the activities of equestrian sport within the Group area. They deal with matters of common interest to NFs in their Group and bring these to the attention of the FEI Bureau and General Assembly through their NFs; they present the Nominations Committee with candidates for eligibility to serve on Standings Committees.

The composition of Regional Groups is available here.

 

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