Department updates in Main Eventing

  • 27 Mar 2024
    Last update of the FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database (FEI Tack App) before the Olympic & Paralympic Games in Paris 2024

    Please be informed that the next update of the FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress Database (FEI Tack App) will be released after the Easter holidays, on 8 April 2024.

    Further to feedback received from numerous Athletes and Officials, who are seeking clarity regarding the use of tack and equipment during the Olympic & Paralympic Games in Paris 2024, the FEI agreed that this would be the last update of the FEI Tack App prior to the Games. The temporary pause of updates to the FEI Tack App will be applied to all FEI Disciplines, including non-Olympic Disciplines.

    Following the conclusion of the Olympic & Paralympic Games in Paris 2024, the updates shall resume on every first Monday of the month, as per the usual process.

  • 21 Mar 2024
    Olympic & Paralympic Games - Update

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Olympic Games

    Paralympic Games

    General

     

     

    OLYMPIC GAMES

    Important Deadlines - Jumping - Dressage - Eventing

    2024

     

    28 MARCH

    NOCs/NFs to nominate long list of potential Athletes to Paris 2024 (to be submitted to the Paris2024 OC by the respective NOCs).

    24 JUNE

    FEI Deadline for achieving Olympic MERs for all Athlete/Horse combinations.

    25 JUNE

    FEI Deadline for NFs to send Certificates of Capability to FEI

    08 JULY

    Paris 2024 Sport Entry deadline – NOCs submit final entries.

    Tickets for National Federations for Olympic Games Equestrian competitions

    We are pleased to inform you that the FEI are in the position to offer a limited number of competition tickets to National Federations having obtained a qualification quota for the Olympic Games. These tickets are exclusively available for Presidents and Secretary Generals (nominative and non-transferable) and are solely for the competitions in which the qualified athletes of the respective National Federations will be participating. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
    Should you be interested in obtaining tickets. Please kindly contact Catrin Norinder with a copy to Nitia Lazzari by 02 April 2024.

    Individual Quota Places confirmation - Jumping - Dressage - Eventing

    Please be informed that ALL eligible NOCs/NFs have confirmed the use of their allocated Individual quota places by the deadline of 18 March 2024. 
    The current status for individual qualification quota places within each of the three Olympic disciplines – Jumping, Dressage, Eventing has been confirmed as follows. This list is subject to the completion of the respective Minimum Eligibility requirements (MERs), procedures and deadlines. 
    JUMPING

    • Olympic Ranking - Group A: Denmark and Norway
    • Olympic Ranking - Group B: Italy and Portugal
    • Olympic Ranking - Group C: Latvia and Greece
    • Olympic Ranking - Group D and E: Venezuela // through Pan Am Games: Colombia, Argentina, Chile 
    • Olympic Ranking - Group F: Egypt and Syria
    • Olympic Ranking - Group G: Thailand and New Zealand 
    • Olympic Ranking - Overall (NOC not yet qualified above): Luxembourg  

    EVENTING

    • Olympic Ranking - Group A: Denmark (1) and Finland (1*)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group B: Spain (1*) and Austria (1)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group C: Lithuania (1) and Hungary (1)
    • Olympic Ranking – Groups D & E: Chile (1), Argentina (1), Ecuador (2*)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group F:  South Africa (1) and Morocco (1)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group G:  China (2*)
    • Olympic Ranking - Overall (NOCs not yet qualified above): Spain (1*), Finland (1*), Czech Republic (1) 

    * These two nations have a total of two (2) individual quota places 
    DRESSAGE

    • Olympic Ranking - Group A: Norway and Ireland
    • Olympic Ranking - Group B: Luxembourg and Switzerland
    • Olympic Ranking - Group C: Lithuania and Moldova 
    • Olympic Ranking - Group D and E: Dominican Republic and Venezuela // through Pan Am Games: Brazil* and Ecuador
    • Olympic Ranking - Group F: Morocco and Palestine 
    • Olympic Ranking - Group G: New Zealand and Singapore 
    • Olympic Ranking - Overall (NOC not yet qualified above): India 
     * Allocation of one (1) individual quota place further to team quota place withdrawal
     
    The Qualification System documents including the list of NOCs having obtained Team and Individual Quota Places and Reserve NOCs for all three disciplines are available in the FEI Paris 2024 hub.

    Eventing - Olympic Minimum Elegibility Requirements

    Further to queries received from different National Federations, the interpretation of the terms “different events” included in Article 626.1 of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games has been clarified as follows.
    All Athletes/Horses who take part in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Eventing Competitions, and subject to the provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 below, must achieve the following minimum eligibility requirements (MERs) as a combination by obtaining “FEI qualifying results” at different events in the following level of Competition which take place from 1 January 2023 until (and including) 24 June 2024):
    (i) One (1) qualifying result at a CCI5*-L;
    or (ii) One (1) qualifying result in a CCI4*-L AND 1 qualifying result in a CCI4*-S
    (iii) Plus one (1) qualifying result in a CCI4*-S or 4*L or 5*L to be obtained after 1 January 2024 and on or before 24 June 2024 (the “Confirmation Result”)
    The legal interpretation of “Event” according to the FEI General regulations prevails: A complete meeting, "Show", "Championship" or "Games". While Olympic MERs may therefore be achieved at any events included in the list of OG MER events available here, we strongly encourage that they are obtained at different venues.
    The intention of this provision is to optimise the preparation of Athletes/Horse combinations for the Olympic Cross-Country.
    As a reminder, the preparation and qualification of all athletes and horses is the responsibility of the NFs.
    Should you have any questions, please contact Catrin Norinder with a copy to Nitia Lazzari.

    Veterinary - New documents available

    Kindly note that new Veterinary documents are now available on the FEI Paris 2024 Hub.

    • Pre-Arrival Testing: all of the Pre-Arrival Testing guidance and related submission forms for the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been finalised and are now available here.  
    • Medications for Team Veterinarians: The list of medications that will be available for the team vets at the on-site clinic in Versailles is available here.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the FEI Veterinary Department.

    PARALYMPIC GAMES

    Important deadlines Para Dressage

    2024

     

    03 MAY

    Deadline for Paris 2024 Organising Committee to receive accreditation application forms submitted by NPCs (“Accreditation Long List”). This deadline is for all stakeholder groups, including Athletes, NPC teams, Horse Owners etc.

    19 JUNE

    End of the period for Athlete/Horse combinations to attain a minimum eligibility score. Nominated Entries date – NFs deadline to send in Certificate of Capabilities.

    05 AUGUST

    Deadline for Paris 2024 Organising Committee to receive sport entry forms submitted by NPCs.

    Allocations of Qualifications Slots

    As per the Qualification Regulations, NPCs were notified of allocated qualification slots on 4 March, and had until 18 March to confirm the use of allocated places. The Qualification System document has been updated accordingly on the FEI Paris 2024 Hub.
    The FEI will inform NPCs of any reallocations, and the awarding of Bipartite Commission Invitations by 25 March, after which the final list will be published.
    The current status for team and individual qualification quota places for Para Dressage has been confirmed as follows. This list is subject to the completion of the respective Minimum Eligibility requirements (MERs), procedures and deadlines.

    Team Qualifications (three or four slots)

    • Host Country – France
    • 2022 FEI World Championships – Netherlands, Denmark, USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Italy
    • 2023 FEI European Championships – Sweden
    • FEI Para Equestrian Regional Team Ranking allocation – Canada, Singapore*, Australia
    • FEI Para Equestrian Team Ranking List Allocation – Austria, Norway
    • Completion of Team Quota – Ireland

    * Accepted three quota slots, one returned for reallocation

    Individual Qualifications (maximum 2 slots per NPC)
    ara Equestrian Individual Ranking List Allocation – Regional Distribution

    • Africa – South Africa
    • Americas – Brazil*, Mexico
    • Asia – Hong Kong, Japan*
    • Europe – Latvia, Poland, Finland*
    • Oceania – New Zealand
    • Completion of Quota - Hungary, Czech Republic, Finland*, Slovakia

    *These nations have a total of two (2) individual quota places

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for selection by an NPC, Athletes must:

    • Be internationally classified with a ‘Confirmed’ sport class status or a ‘Review’ sport class status with a review date after 31 December 2024.

    To be eligible for selection by an NPC, Athlete/Horse combinations must:

    • Have achieved at least one (1) sixty-four (64) percent score at a FEI Para Equestrian 3* or above event in an Individual or Team competition between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022, or have achieved at least one (1) sixty-four (64) percent score at a FEI Para Equestrian 3* or above event in a Grand Prix Test A or Grand Prix Test B from 1 January 2023 to 19 June 2024.

    We remind National Federations to verify their Athlete’s Classification Status, and please contact the Para Dressage department if there are any questions. Athletes must meet the Eligibility requirements by the deadline of 19 June 2024.

    Veterinary - New documents available

    Kindly note that new Veterinary documents are now available on the FEI Paris 2024 Hub.

    • Pre-Arrival Testing: all of the Pre-Arrival Testing guidance and related submission forms for the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been finalised and are now available here.  
    • Medications for Team Veterinarians: The list of medications that will be available for the team vets at the on-site clinic in Versailles is available here.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the FEI Veterinary Department.

    GENERAL

    Paris 2024 iconic poster revealed

    Summary of useful Paris 2024 links

    FEI History Hub

    Who was the first woman to take part in equestrian at Olympic Games?
    When did equestrian enter the Paralympic programme? 
    Visit the FEI History Hub and read up on all the fun facts of past editions of Olympic and Paralympic Games since the inclusion of equestrian sports.

     

  • 13 Mar 2024
    FEI World Championships 2026 in Aachen (GER)

    The Organising Committee of the FEI World Championships 2026 in Aachen would already like to share some useful information with all National Federations in order to facilitate you, your teams, athletes and horses in the best possible way. Below you will find information regarding the key contact persons within the Organising Committee, who are available should you already have questions regarding the FEI World Championships 2026.

    For all sports-related questions, please contact:
    Ms. Jana Kun: jana.kun@aachen2026.com.
    Jana will be your main sport liaison person.

    For all non-sport related issues, i.e. accommodation, accreditation, transport, please contact
    Ms. Jennifer Ingenhaag : jennifer.ingenhaag@aachen2026.com
    Jennifer will be your main non-sport liaison person.

    Ticketing:
    Please note that ticket sales for the Jumping and Dressage competitions have already started. Tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.aachen2026.com.
    As soon as tickets for the other disciplines are available, the Organising Committee will communicate this.
    For any questions regarding tickets, please contact:
    Ms. Lea Sous lea.sous@aachen2026.com

    Hotel / Accommodation:
    The Aachen tourism service will be the official partner for hotels and accommodation. The Organising Committee  kindly asks you do not contact the hotels directly, but always go via the Aachen tourism service.
    They can be contacted via:  aachen2026@aachen-tourismus.de.

    Lastly, the Organising Committee would like to create a list of contacts for all correspondences regarding the FEI World Championships Aachen 2026. Please send the names and email addresses of the people you would like to see added to this mailing list, so that they can stay up to date on the latest developments.
    Please send the contact details to: jennifer.ingenhaag@aachen2026.com.

    The Organising Committee of the FEI World Championships in Aachen 2026 looks forward to working together with you all and is available for any questions you may have.

  • 12 Mar 2024
    Sport Nationality Change Applications

    In order to streamline and enhance the processing of sport nationality change by the FEI, a new Application Form for Athletes aged over 18 years, is now available on Inside.FEI.org/Sport Nationality. When filled out accurately, this Application Form will enable the FEI to process requests more efficiently by:

    • Reducing the email correspondence regarding the Sport Nationality application,
    • Allowing the applying National Federation to identify and provide from the outset the necessary supporting documents; and
    • Allowing the FEI to identify all regulatory implications of the sport nationality change for the Athlete and inform the applying National Federation accordingly.

    The Sport Nationality Form includes detailed instructions. It can be filled out and signed electronically. It can also be printed, filled in by hand, and scanned before sharing with the FEI. 

    Kindly ensure that going forward all Sport Nationality applications for Athletes aged over 18 years will be submitted to the FEI using this form. Incomplete, unsigned and/or undocumented applications will not be processed by the FEI.  

  • 6 Mar 2024
    FEI Eventing Q&A session summary

    Yesterday, the FEI hosted an online Q&A session for all FEI Eventing Officials, following the announcement made last week regarding the termination of the Memorandum of Understanding between the FEI and the International Eventing Officials Club (IEOC). Thirty-seven Officials attended the meeting, which was co-hosted by FEI Legal Director Mikael Rentsch, Director of Eventing & Olympic Catrin Norinder and Director of Education & Officials Frank Spadinger. The aim of this session was to provide a platform for FEI Eventing Officials to raise questions and concerns they may have.

    The main questions revolved around the representation of FEI Eventing Officials within the FEI Eventing Committee, the reasons for the termination of the MOU with the IEOC and whether there would be any issue for FEI Eventing Officials who are also a member of the IEOC. Officials were encouraged to report incidents and issues directly to FEI Headquarters in order to ensure these were addressed within the Eventing Committee and at operational level in HQ.

    The session provided the opportunity for the FEI to clarify and reassure, that while FEI Eventing Officials are no longer officially represented by a stakeholder, this does not impact their relationship with the FEI, nor their duties as FEI Officials. Furthermore, FEI Eventing Officials continue to be well represented within the FEI Eventing Committee, not only through Anne-Mette Binder (DEN), but also through other Eventing Officials Members which make up this committee and are available to channel feedback to the FEI.

    As to the reasons for terminating the MOU with the IEOC, it was once again reiterated that this decision was based on trust issues and a general breakdown of the relationship. However, it was important for the FEI to clarify that this has no impact on FEI Eventing Officials, whether they are member of the IEOC or not. 

    Lastly, concerns were raised regarding the information flow between the FEI and FEI Eventing Officials. Here again, reassurance was provided and it was explained that information is available through various channels such as the National Federations, the FEI website as well as various newsletters, such as the FEI Update which provides the broader equestrian community with all relevant updates. Of course, the relevant FEI departments also remain directly available for any queries.

    We believe it was important to host this Q&A session for continued cooperation with FEI Officials and hope to have been able to provide clarifications where necessary. We would also like to thank all the participants for their input and their time.

    Should you have further questions please feel free to reach out to us. We would also like to take this opportunity to invite all FEI Eventing Officials not already subscribed to the FEI Update, to please do so by filling out the form available here.

    The FEI update is the official communication channel intended to keep all FEI stakeholders up to date on important information in regard to essential FEI topics. In addition, a dedicated email address Eventingofficials@fei.org allows for all Officials to contact the FEI Eventing department directly.

  • 1 Mar 2024
    IEOC no longer recognised as FEI Official Stakeholder 

    We would like to inform you that the FEI has decided to no longer recognise the International Eventing Officials Club (IEOC) as an official FEI Stakeholder and consequently has terminated its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the IEOC, effective immediately.

    The MOU was based on trust and the mutual commitment to foster the growth of equestrian sport together in a respectful and harmonious manner. Unfortunately, in the past months it has become evident that there is a breach of trust and a general breakdown of the relationship with the IEOC management. Seeing that no further dialogue and collaboration is possible, the FEI has decided to formally terminate the relationship with the IEOC, and thus terminate the MOU.

    Consequently, the IOEC will no longer benefit of the conditions offered to MOUs, and the FEI will no longer recognise the IEOC as the international organisation representing the collective views of the FEI Eventing Officials. We would like to stress however, that this decision does not impact the relationship of the FEI with its Eventing Officials in any way, with whom we wish to maintain a positive collaboration. I addition, we would like to remind NFs that the interests of the Eventing Officials are currently represented on the FEI Eventing Committee by an Eventing Official.

    A version of this communication is also being shared with all Eventing Officials, and we have organised a dedicated Q&A session for them on Tuesday 5 March at 15h00 CET in order to answer any questions they may have.

    In the meantime, should NFs have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact officials@fei.org.

  • 28 Feb 2024
    FEI Board Resolutions, 27 February 2024 - Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games

    The FEI Board held a teleconference on 27 February. The main resolutions taken on this occasion are listed below.

    Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games
    Eventing Competition Format

    The Board agreed with the proposed modifications to the Eventing Olympic Competition format, which will be shared with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by the set deadline of 1 March 2024 as per the official International Federations consultation process launched by the IOC.
    The details of the proposal were discussed during the online Eventing Seminar held on 20 January 2024 and are outlined in this press release.

    The details pertaining to the technical aspects of the proposed format will be discussed in detail next year in the framework of the revision of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games, once the IOC has provided its feedback.

  • 20 Feb 2024
    Olympic & Paralympic Games - Update

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Olympic Games

    Paralympic Games

    General

     
    OLYMPIC GAMES
    Important Deadlines - Jumping - Dressage - Eventing
    2024
    18 MARCH NOCs/NFs to confirm allocated individual & composite team quota places to the FEI
    28 MARCH NOCs/NFs to nominate long list of potential Athletes to Paris 2024*
    24 JUNE Deadline for achieving Olympic MERs for all Athlete/Horse combinations
    25 JUNE NFs to send FEI Certificates of Capability to the FEI
    08 JULY Paris 2024 Sport Entry deadline – NOCs submit final entries
    * IMPORTANT: NOCs will be required to nominate directly to Paris2024 OC, the long list of all Athletes who could possibly be entered for the Olympic Games by 28 March 2024.  This accreditation long list includes the NOC Delegation with all potential grooms, horse Owners, Team officials. For more information, please contact your NOC directly.
    Individual Quota Places confirmation
    Jumping - Dressage - Eventing

    The FEI has informed eligible NOCs/NFs of the allocation of Individual quota places on 19 February 2024. All eligible NOCs/NFs must now confirm or decline their allocated Individual quota place for the Paris2024 Olympic Games to the FEI in writing by 18 March 2024. An answer from both the respective NOC and NF is required. 
    The current status for individual qualification quota places within each of the three Olympic disciplines – Jumping, Dressage, Eventing - has been outlined below. This list is subject to the completion of the respective qualification requirements, procedures and deadlines.
     
    JUMPING

    • Olympic Ranking - Group A: Denmark and Norway
    • Olympic Ranking - Group B: Italy and Portugal
    • Olympic Ranking - Group C: Latvia and Greece
    • Olympic Ranking - Group D and E: Venezuela // through Pan Am Games: Colombia, Argentina, Chile 
    • Olympic Ranking - Group F: Egypt and Syria
    • Olympic Ranking - Group G: Thailand and New Zealand 
    • Highest ranked NOC not yet qualified: Luxembourg 

     
    EVENTING

    • Olympic Ranking - Group A: Denmark (1) and Finland (1*)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group B: Spain (1*) and Austria (1)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group C: Lithuania (1) and Hungary (1)
    • Olympic Ranking – Groups D & E: Chile (1), Argentina (1), Ecuador (2)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group F:  South Africa (1) and Morocco (1)
    • Olympic Ranking - Group G:  China (2)
    • Three (3) highest Ranked NOCs not yet qualified: Spain (1*), Finland (1*), Czech Republic (1)

    * These two nations have a total of two (2) individual quota places
     
    DRESSAGE

    • Olympic Ranking - Group A: Norway and Ireland
    • Olympic Ranking - Group B: Luxembourg and Switzerland
    • Olympic Ranking - Group C: Lithuania and Moldova 
    • Olympic Ranking - Group D and E: Dominican Republic and Venezuela // through Pan Am Games: Brazil* and Ecuador
    • Olympic Ranking - Group F: Morocco and Palestine 
    •  Olympic Ranking - Group G: New Zealand and Singapore 
    • Highest ranked NOC not yet qualified: India 

     * Allocation of one (1) individual quota place further to team quota place withdrawal

    The Qualification System documents including the list of NOCs having obtained Team and Individual Quota Places and Reserve NOCs for all three disciplines are available in the FEI Paris 2024 hub.

    Deadline to submit Horse Owner's information to the FEI

    Please note that the date for the registration of owners is lined up with the NOC deadline to submit the long list for accreditation to the Paris2024 Organising Committee.
    Article 620 – OWNERS OF HORSES
    1. Accreditation
    Each NOC may request accreditation for a maximum of two (2) Owners for each Horse allowed into the Olympic Stables during the Olympic Games. One (1) of those two (2) Owner’s name must be entered in the passport. Access will include the stables in accordance with Veterinary Regulations, training areas, Athletes’ and Olympic Family seating.
    2. Registered owners
    The National Federation (NF) of a Horse belonging to a partnership or a syndicate of Owners must inform the FEI by the date of the OCOG/IOC accreditation date (entry by number) for NOCs: 28 MARCH 2024, of the name of one (1) Owner to ensure that they are entered in the Olympic Accreditation system.

    Olympic Minimum Elegibility Requirements - Eventing

    Further to queries received from different National Federations, the wording of the below Article 626.1 of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games is confirmed as follows:


    All Athletes/Horses who take part in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Eventing Competitions, and subject to the provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 below, must achieve the following minimum eligibility requirements (MERs) as a combination by obtaining “FEI qualifying results” at different events in the following level of Competition which take place from 1 January 2023 until (and including) 24 June 2024):
    (i) One (1) qualifying result at a CCI5*-L;
    or (ii) One (1) qualifying result in a CCI4*-L AND 1 qualifying result in a CCI4*-S
    (iii) Plus one (1) qualifying result in a CCI4*-S or 4*L or 5*L to be obtained after 1 January 2024 and on or before 24 June 2024 (the “Confirmation Result”)

    Combinations obtaining all of their MER results at 4* level must achieve a minimum of three (3) MERs, one of which must be obtained at a long-format event. Alternatively, combinations obtaining one MER at 5* level must achieve a minimum of two (2) MER results. Of these MERs, all combinations must obtain at least one (1) MER result in 2024, the “confirmation result”.
     
    The list of events counting for achieving Olympic Minimum Eligibility Requirements for 2024 is available here.

    Should you have any question, please contact Catrin Norinder with a copy to Nitia Lazzari.

    PARALYMPIC GAMES
    Important Deadlines Para Dressage
    28 FEBRUARY Deadline to submit change of nationality requests to the IPC
    04 MARCH FEI notifies the NPCs in writing about the number of allocated qualification slots
    18 MARCH NPCs confirm in writing the use of allocated qualification slots

    Deadline for NPCs to submit Bipartite Commission Invitation applications to FEI
    25 MARCH FEI confirms in writing the reallocation of unused qualification slots and the awarding of Bipartite Commission Invitations
    03 MAY Deadline for Paris 2024 Organising Committee to receive accreditation application forms submitted by NPCs (“Accreditation Long List”)
    19 JUNE End of the period for Athlete/horse combinations to attain a minimum eligibility score

    NFs to send FEI Certificates of Capability to FEI
    05 AUGUST Deadline for Paris 2024 Organising Committee to receive sport entry forms submitted by NPCs
    GENERAL

    Remember to check out the Paris 2024 Hub, where you will find all the relevant information, guidelines and rules, as well as latest news, updates and deadlines with regards to the equestrian events of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
     
    Each tab opens a dedicated section, and you will find at the end of the table of contents links to the latest Media Updates as well as Department Updates with technical information and reminders regarding upcoming deadlines. This hub is continually being updated, and we include the date of publication for all documents when documents are published and subsequently updated.

    Who was the first woman to take part in equestrian at Olympic Games?
    When did equestrian enter the Paralympic programme?
     
    Visit the FEI History Hub and read up on all the fun facts of past editions of Olympic and Paralympic Games since the inclusion of equestrian sports.

     

  • 20 Feb 2024
    Eventing Risk Management Programme - Eventing Statistics Report 2012-2023

    The Eventing Statistics Report 2012 – 2023 has been finalised. 

    It is published on the FEI website under Eventing / Risk Management

    The Horse falls per fence type analysis has also been published on the same page.

  • 26 Jan 2024
    Communication to National Federations and Stakeholders involved in Eventing

    Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games – Eventing Format
    The Online Eventing Seminar held on 20 January was, as mentioned in the invitation, the opportunity to introduce a proposal supported by the FEI Eventing Committee for the Eventing format for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.
    General information on the Seminar is available in this press release.
    Below you will find details on the background for the proposal, a presentation of the format along with an outline of the next steps.

    General background information
    The proposal has been made further to information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the LA2028 Event Programme and quota will be confirmed by the IOC Executive Board after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the first quarter of 2025 (Q1 2025).

    In December 2023, the IOC asked International Federations (IFs) to formulate proposals for changes to the Event Programme in line with the principles of IOC Agenda 2020+5, the strategic roadmap of the IOC and the Olympic Movement, and tailored to the LA2028 vision and context. This includes focus on athletes, cost, complexity, gender equality, and global appeal.

    In order for the proposals for events to be included in the IOC consultation process and reviewed before the decision in Q1 2025, IFs were urged to make their submissions by 1 March 2024.

    Background information on the proposed Eventing format
    The proposed modifications to the Los Angeles 2028 Eventing Competition Format presented at the Eventing Seminar was the result of discussions between the FEI, IOC and the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the host broadcast organisation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    OBS are strong supporters of Eventing Cross Country as it generates spectacular images of the environment and provides iconic views of the host city, such as the London historical landmarks, the Rio sugarloaf mountains or the Tokyo skyline. OBS formulated a proposal to make Eventing more attractive to fans and new audiences, and increase the media value by capitalising on the Cross Country phase which is a unique draw for the discipline.

    We would like to clarify that discussions regarding proposed modifications to the Olympic format concern only Eventing and do not apply to either Jumping or Dressage as in these disciplines no changes are proposed.

    Eventing Format Proposal
    The OBS proposal supported by the FEI Eventing Committee as it is in line with Olympic principles, sees the team competition run on the short format (Dressage, Jumping, Cross Country) with Team medals awarded after the Cross Country while the Individual competition remains on the long format, as per previous Olympic Games, with the Jumping round held the day after the Cross Country to award the Individual medals. This would entail two medal days, with Team Medals awarded on Day Three after the Cross Country followed by Individual Medals on Day Four after the Final Individual Jumping Round.

    The day-by-day breakdown would be as follows:
    Day One & Day Two: Dressage and Jumping (all participants)*
    Day Three: Cross Country (all participants) & Team Medals
    Day Four:   
    Individual Jumping & Individual Medals
    *Timetabling on Days One and Two will be held in accordance with the logistical possibilities.

    The Team “short” format Cross Country will be run according to the current distance of 10 mins. This format is already in use at many events worldwide and would not bring drastic changes to the spirit of the discipline. It will focus even more attention on the unique attributes of the Cross Country adding greater excitement around the Team medals.

    FEI consultation
    Taking into account the very short time available for consultation, NFs involved in Eventing are kindly asked to provide thoughts or comments on the format described above by 20 February 2024 to Catrin.Norinder@fei.org, in order to allow the FEI HQ to finalise the submission and get FEI Board approval so that it can be provided to the IOC by 1 March.

    Feedback on the following questions will be helpful:

    • What advantages/challenges do you foresee in holding the Team competition as a short format whilst retaining the Individual competition on the long format?
    • What further advantages/challenges do you see with this proposed format?  
    •  Do you have any further suggestions, ideas or comments you would like to share?

    At this stage only the order of tests will be submitted to the IOC, no other information is required.

    Next steps
    If the format is approved by the IOC, veterinary matters, including horse inspections after Cross Country, would be reviewed in order to ensure optimal horse welfare. All other topics such as draw of starting orders, number of participants for the Individual Jumping test, etc. will be included in the revision of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games, which will take place in 2025 and will undergo a full stakeholder consultation process before being submitted for approval at the FEI General Assembly in November 2025.

    We thank you for your attention and kind cooperation in this important matter and look forward to hearing from you by 20 February.

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