Welcome to Dressage

Dressage, the highest expression of horse training, is considered the most artistic of the equestrian sports and can be traced as far back as ancient Greece. The horse has to perform at a walk, trot and canter, and all tests are ridden from memory and follow a prescribed pattern of movements. The only exception is the Freestyle which is specially choreographed for each horse and is performed to music.

Of all the exponents of Dressage Germany’s Reiner Kilmke is perhaps the best known, after winning six gold and two bronze medals between 1964 and 1976, a record for equestrian events. And Dressage has also produced its share of heroic achievements, none more so than Denmark’s Lis Hartel.

Hartel, who became one of the first women to take part in Olympic Dressage, was paralysed by polio in 1944, when she was 23 and expecting her first child. Despite remaining paralysed below the knees, she was chosen to represent her country in the Helsinki Olympics of 1952 and responded by winning the silver medal. When gold medallist Henri Saint Cyr helped her up on to the podium, it was one of the most emotional moments in Olympic history.

The popularity of Dressage has increased rapidly in recent years and the sport now regularly attracts huge crowds. Dressage is undoubtedly the most aesthetically pleasing of the disciplines in the FEI stable and the pure magic of top-class Freestyle under floodlights, as sport and art combine, guarantees that the popularity of Dressage will continue to grow. Furthermore, Para-Equestrian Dressage is the only equestrian discipline that is included in the Paralympic Games, where it has been a regular fixture since 1996.

FEI DRESSAGE RECORDSUpdated 01/11/2022

Latest Department Updates

  • 22 Dec 2022
    Latest information about Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    As 2022 draws to a close, we are pleased to bring to your attention the latest information on preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The attached document contains detailed updates on:

    GENERAL INFORMATION
    - Paris 2024 Equestrian Delivery Entity: Appointment of GL Events Equestrian Sport
    - Jumping Co-Course Designers for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
    - Eventing Course Designer Pierre Le Goupil Paris 2024
    - Competition schedule for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
    - Eventing Horse Inspection

    FEI RULES AND REGULATIONS
    - Paris 2024 Olympic Games
    - Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

    QUALIFICATION OF NATIONS
    - Qualification systems for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
    - FEI Olympic Group Qualification Events (Jumping, Dressage, Eventing)
    - Paris 2024 Paralympic Games - Para Dressage Qualification System

    PARIS 2024 VENUE TESTING ACTIVITIES

    Accreditation FOR HORSE OWNERS

    TICKETING

    We hope you find this information useful and take the opportunity to wish a very Happy and Merry Holiday Season!

  • 8 Dec 2022
    FEI Board Resolutions, 6 December 2022

    The FEI Board held its monthly teleconference on 6 December. The main resolutions related to Dressage taken on this occasion are listed below.

     

    • FEI Dressage World Cup™ Season 2023/2024.

    The Board approved the allocation of the following legs for the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Western European League for the season 2023/2024:

    Herning (DEN), 18-22 October 2023
    Lyon (FRA), 1-5 November 2023
    Stuttgart (GER), 15-19 November 2023
    Madrid (ESP), 24-25 November 2023
    London (GBR), 14-15 December 2023
    Mechelen (BEL), 26-30 December 2023
    Basel (SUI), 10-14 January 2024
    Amsterdam (NED), 25-28 January 2024
    Neumünster (GER), 15-18 February 2024
    Gothenburg (SWE), 22-24 February 2024
    s’Hertogenbosch (NED), 7-10 March 2024

     

    • FEI Medical/Maternity Leave Provisions.

    The Board approved the modifications of the Jumping, Dressage, and Driving Ranking List Rules regarding maternity leave. The minimum period for maternity leave was shortened from six months to three months. The maximum period of 12 months remained unchanged. Athletes will have the possibility to choose the initial length of their maternity period and the possibility to come back earlier or later than originally indicated, provided the minimum and maximum periods are respected.

    The Board also approved the incorporation of medical and maternity leave provisions into the FEI Endurance and the FEI Para Dressage Ranking List Rules. Detailed explanations of these modifications is available in a dedicated press release published here. The updated versions of the respective FEI World Ranking List Rules have been published.

     

    • FEI Dressage World Ranking List Rules 2023.

    The Board approves the FEI Dressage World Ranking List Rules, effective 1 January 2023 with the modification to the maternity leave provisions as outlined above, as well as with the addition of two (2) new ranking level lists. The updated rules are available here.

     

    • FEI Dressage North American Youth Championships.

    The Board approved the addition of a U25 category to the FEI Dressage North American Youth Championships.

  • 11 Nov 2022
    FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022 – Board Meeting I Key Decisions

    The FEI Board approved amendments and clarifications to the FEI Dressage Nations CupTM Rules and the FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championship for Young Horses Rules (both rules effective from 1 January 2023).

    The approval of the FEI Dressage World Ranking List Rules, effective from 1 January 2023 was postponed to the FEI Board Meeting in December 2022, to accommodate the consultation process currently underway regarding Medical and Maternity Leave Ranking Rules for all disciplines.

    Both Rules are published on the FEI website here.

  • 2 Nov 2022
    Qualification Criteria for Championships 2024

    Qualification criteria for all Championships 2024 have been approved by the Dressage Committee and are published here.

  • 26 Oct 2022
    FEI Secretary General approves FEI Calendar 2023

    We are pleased to inform you that the FEI Secretary General has approved the FEI Calendar for 2023 for all disciplines. It can be consulted online in the FEI Database.

    In accordance with the FEI General Regulations, Article 112 Official Calendar, National Federations (NFs) had until 1 October 2022 at the latest to send in applications and modifications to CIs taking place in 2023 to the Secretary General. The Secretary General approves the official Calendar for the following year.

    Approval of the 5* Jumping Calendar for 2024 is scheduled for late November/early December 2022 but could be postponed should the FEI General Assembly in Cape Town (RSA) approve FEI’s proposal to change the deadline for receipt of applications for 5* to 1 May (the year before the Event takes place).

    In addition, the Secretary General has extended the measure taken on 28 February 2022 to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the FEI Calendar. As a consequence, no FEI events will be accepted/entered in either country in the FEI Calendar for 2023.

    The other measures approved by the FEI Executive Board in February remain in place, as follows:

    • Cancellation or relocation of Officials’ course scheduled to be held in Russia and Belarus (if any);
    • Freezing all FEI Solidarity projects planned for/ongoing in Russia and Belarus; and
    • Cancellation of any other FEI activities scheduled to take place in Russia and Belarus.

    Detailed information on the decision taken by the FEI Executive Board on 28 February is available here.

    The Secretary General has also confirmed that the FEI Board’s Emergency Board Resolution of 2 March 2022 prohibiting all Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses and Officials from participating in FEI Events remains in place until further notice.

    Should you have any questions, please send an email to calendar@fei.org.

  • 14 Oct 2022
    FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022 - Agenda & Annexes / Recruitment begins for new FEI Director Dressage, Para Dressage & Vaulting

    FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022 - Agenda & Annexes
    We are pleased to inform you that the Agenda & Annexes for the FEI Hybrid General Assembly taking place in Cape Town (RSA) from 10 to 13 November 2022, have been published in the GA hub on Inside.FEI.org.

    You will also find the supporting documents for the FEI Sessions (Equine Ethics & Wellbeing Commission; General Regulations & Calendar related proposals; Rules Session; and, Paris 2024 Rules) to be held on 12 November also available in the Meeting Documents section of the GA hub.

    For further information on the FEI Hybrid General Assembly 2022, visit the GA hub and don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

    Recruitment begins for new FEI Director Dressage, Para Dressage & Vaulting
    The FEI is looking to recruit a new Director for the Dressage, Para Dressage & Vaulting Department to replace outgoing Director Bettina De Rham, who will be leaving at the end of the year to explore new horizons and to whom we wish all the very best and thank for her many years of service.

    The detailed job description can be found here and the FEI encourages NFs and Associate Members to share this news with relevant professionals that meet the requirements of this important role.   

    The deadline to apply is 25 November 2022.

  • 13 Oct 2022
    Draft Schedules 2023 now available online

    The new and updated Draft Schedules 2023, to be used for all international events taking place next year, are now available on inside.FEI.org.
    Below you will find the direct links to the schedules for each discipline as well as the relevant contact email should you require further information and/or assistance:
     
    Click here for Jumping // Person in charge : jenni.saynajarvi@fei.org and/or kevin.Guttmann@fei.org
    Click here for Dressage // Person in charge: philippe.maynier@fei.org
    Click here for Para Dressage // Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org
    Click here for Eventing // Contact email: eventingschedules@fei.org
    Click here for Vaulting // Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org
    Click here for Driving // Contact email:  driving@fei.org
    Click here for Endurance // Contact email: endurance@fei.org

  • 26 Sep 2022
    FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 // FEI Series 2023-2024 Bid Process opens

    FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 – Re-opened Bid
    See below a clarification to one of the bid criteria that was included in the FEI Update on 12 September 2022. Please kindly note that there was a typo in the original bid criteria where it was stated that the OC must have previously organised a CEI3* or a CEI2* 140. That criteria should have been written as follows:

    • The potential Organiser (OC)/proposed venue must have successfully hosted a CEI3* or a CEI2* in the past 12 months.
      • The CEI3* or the CEI2* must have been organised over 1 day.

    NFs are kindly requested to inform their Endurance Organisers accordingly. As mentioned in the FEI Update of 12 September 2022, bids should be sent to bidding@fei.org no later than Monday, 10 October 2022.

    FEI Series 2023-2024 bid process opens
    The FEI is pleased to announce that the bid process for the 2023/2024 season of the FEI series listed below will open on Tuesday, 27 September 2022.

    All interested organisers and/or National Federations (Applicants) are invited to submit their applications via the FEI Bidding Platform, using the application form available in the platform for that purpose, until Friday, 21 October 2022.

    The FEI series opened for applications are the following:

    • FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth
    • FEI Jumping Ponies’ Trophy
    • FEI Dressage World Cup™ (WEL)
    • FEI Eventing Nations Cup™
    • FEI Driving World Cup™

    Please find here below an overview of the relevant dates concerning the present bid process.

    We kindly ask all National Federations to share this information with the organisers. Should you have any questions, please contact bidding@fei.org.

  • 18 Aug 2022
    FEI Dressage World Ranking Lists Rules – Effective from 1 September 2022

    The Board approved the proposed modifications to the FEI Dressage World Ranking Rules.

    According to the new rules:

    Art. 1.1. The FEI Dressage World Ranking lists are separated in two lists, one with an Athletes’ World ranking and one with a Horses’ World ranking.

    Art. 1.4. Points for the FEI Dressage World Ranking lists are awarded for the highest percentage scores obtained by Athletes and by Horses, in a maximum of six (6) tests over a rolling period of eight (8) months.

    Art. 1.5. At the end of each month, the World Rankings are calculated on an eight (8) consecutive months basis, taking into account the results obtained during the relevant months and the previous seven consecutive (7) months (eight (8) months in total). At each calculation, one month will be dropped to always total an eight (8) months calculation basis.

    The new version will be effective as of 1 September 2022 and will be published in full here.

  • 22 Jul 2022
    FEI Dressage and FEI Para Dressage Tack, Equipment and Dress Guidelines

    In view of frequent questions concerning FEI Dressage and FEI Para Dressage Tack, Equipment and Dress, these Guidelines have been created to help stakeholders better understand the Rules. The Guidelines are published on the FEI Dressage Rules page and FEI Para Dressage Rules page. It is a document to be used by Athletes, Officials as well as other stakeholders, and will be updated as necessary with any clarifications needed. The Guidelines are based on a non-exhaustive list of questions asked about the use of Equipment and Dress at FEI Dressage and FEI Para Dressage competitions.

    The Guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the FEI Dressage Rules and FEI Para Dressage Rules, current versions. In case of any discrepancies, the FEI Dressage/Para Dressage Rules will prevail.

    Please share these Guidelines amongst the Dressage and Para Dressage Officials and Athletes. The most current version of the Guidelines will always be published on the relevant Rules pages linked above and the FEI Rules App.

    For any questions please contact the FEI Dressage and Para Dressage department.

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