8 Jan 2024
Reminder, Olympic Registration & Change of Horse Ownership/Nationality deadline 15 January 2024

This important deadline of Monday, 15 January 2024, which applies to all (potential) Paris 2024 Olympic Games Horses is approaching.

Kindly note that further to Article 139 of the FEI General Regulations and Article 606 of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games Paris 2024:

  • The nationality of the Owner of a Horse competing at Paris 2024 must be the same as the nationality of the Athlete riding the Horse.
  • Only Horses owned by Owner(s) having the same nationality of the Athlete (i.e. not leased horses) can participate at Paris 2024.
  • The Owner of the orse and its nationality must be entered in the FEI Database by 15 January 2024.
  • Where a Horse has multiple Owners of different nationalities, the nationality of the Horse ownership must be declared with the FEI by 15 January 2024 (via the FEI Database) and must match the nation for which the Horse will compete during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games; one of the multiple Owners must have the nationality of the nation for whom the Horse will compete. For example, if there are 3 owners of a Horse and one owner has nationality X, one owner has nationality Y and one owner has nationality Z, the Horse must be registered with one of these nationalities (X or Y or Z) by 15 January 2024 and can only compete for that registered nation at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

 Please refer to the image below of how this is represented on the FEI Database:

The nationality highlighted in orange is the declared nationality of the ownership and, as of 15 January 2024, the only nation for which the Horse can compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

  • If the nationality of the Horse is changed between 15 January 2024 and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the Horse will not be eligible to compete at Paris 2024 (the Owners can change provided the nationality of the ownership is maintained).
  • As per the FEI General Regulations, “Owner” means a person or entity having a property interest in whole or in part of one or more horses.
  • The horse may be owned by individual(s) and/or company(ies) and/or by a partnership of individual(s) and/or company(ies).
  • If the Horse is owned by a company, the nationality of the Horse is that of the country where the company is registered. The name of the company and its nationality must be entered in the FEI Database as the Owner of the Horse by 15 January 2024 as mentioned above.
  • When a Horse is owned by a company it is not mandatory to enter the name of an individual (with legal ownership in the company) in the FEI Database prior to 15 January 2024.

Please kindly note that the 15 January 2024 deadline is applied strictly and the FEI cannot grant exceptions, regardless of the reason for missing the deadline (e.g., technical issues etc). Therefore, we strongly encourage all NFs with a team or individual quota place for Paris 2024 (or who might obtain a quota place via the reallocation process) to update and check the ownerships of all potential Olympic Games Horses via the FEI Database prior to the 15 January 2024 deadline. Please double check this even if you believe that all is in order.
For any questions on updating Horse ownerships on the FEI Database, please contact passport@fei.org
Please kindly note that the same provisions do not apply to the Paralympics, and Horse Owners as well as Nationality changes do not have to follow the same Rules as in the Olympic Games. Please contact the Para Dressage Department if you have any questions.