Welcome to Jumping

Jumping is the best known – and probably most readily understood – of all the FEI disciplines and is one of the three Olympic equestrian sports, along with Dressage and Eventing. As in all equestrian disciplines, men and women compete on equal terms in Jumping in both individual and team events.

Jumping is a spectacular mix of courage, control and technical ability that takes horse and rider over 10 to 13 “knockable” obstacles, some of which may be double or treble combinations, with penalties incurred for each obstacle knocked down or refused. Jumping has also produced some of equestrian sport’s most memorable Olympic moments.

An example of this came in 1956 in Stockholm when Halla, still the only horse to have won three Olympic Jumping gold medals, threw her rider, Hans Günter Winkler, into the air after taking off for a fence too early. Winkler landed awkwardly back in the saddle, tearing a groin muscle in the process, but he knew that failure to continue in the competition would eliminate not only Halla and himself but the whole German team. He carried on valiantly despite being unable to give Halla direction, Halla completed the course without any faults, Germany won the team gold medal and Halla and Winkler the individual gold.

Winkler went on to become the only rider to win five Olympic Jumping gold medals, while household names associated with Jumping are Winkler’s fellow German multi-Olympic gold medallists Alwin Schöckemöhle and Ludger Beerbaum. Canada’s Ian Millar, meanwhile, equalled the record for the most Olympic appearances by any athlete in London in 2012, his tenth Olympic Games.

Latest Department Updates

  • 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.

  • 13 Sep 2022
    FEI Jumping Guidelines for use of Tack, Saddlery and Dress

    In view of frequent questions concerning FEI Jumping Tack, Saddlery and Dress, the attached Guidelines have been created to help stakeholders better understand the Rules. The Guidelines are published on Inside.FEI.org, on the FEI Jumping 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 Jumping competitions.

    The Guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the FEI Jumping Rules, current version. In case of any discrepancies, the Jumping Rules will prevail.

    In addition, all items that are allowed are only allowed under the condition that they are used correctly and do not have a negative impact on horse welfare.

    Please share these Guidelines amongst the Jumping 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 Jumping department.

  • 22 Mar 2022
    Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Regulations consultation sessions

    Online consultations on the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 were conducted on 21 and 22 March.

    Participants had the opportunity to discuss the Jumping, Dressage and Para Dressage Regulations in individual sessions as part of the wide-ranging Paris 2024 consultation process. The discussion on the Eventing Regulations will take place on 28 March.

    The consultations are an opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the feedback that was received on the pre-competition and competition Regulations for each discipline.

    This feedback was collected through an online questionnaire circulated to stakeholders on 7 December 2021, and the information was reviewed by Consultative Groups set up for each Olympic and Paralympic discipline.

    The questionnaire was sent to athletes, officials and other Tokyo 2020 stakeholders, in addition to representatives of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), the International Jumping Officials Club (IJOC), the Jumping Owner’s Club (JOC), the International Dressage Riders Club (IDRC), the International Dressage Trainers Club (IDTC), the International Dressage Officials Club (IDOC), the International Eventing Officials Club (IEOC), FEI Regional Group Chairs, and the relevant FEI Technical Committees.

    The information from the consultation sessions will now be consolidated and discussed by the relevant FEI Technical Committees before being put forward to the FEI Sports Forum for discussion on 25 April. The documents for discussion at the FEI Sports Forum, which will include the proposals of the Technical Committees, will be published in advance on the FEI Sports Forum Hub.

    Key dates in the consultation process are as follows:

    7 December 2021
    Online questionnaire circulated to 302 Athletes; 51 National Federations; 35 Officials; 7 MOUs Stakeholders and 3 Discipline Managers. All of these stakeholders participated directly at Tokyo 2020 Olympic or Paralympic Games. The deadline for returning the questionnaire was 15 February 2022.

    21 March 2022
    Online Session - Paris 2024 Olympic Dressage Regulations
    Online Session - Paris 2024 Paralympic Regulations

    22 March 2022
    Online Session - Paris 2024 Olympic Jumping Regulations

    28 March
    Online Session - Paris 2024 Olympic Eventing Regulations

    25 April
    FEI Sports Forum – Sessions dedicated to all the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Regulations.

    July 2022
    Revised Regulations to be sent to National Federations for further feedback.

    October 2022
    Proposed Olympic and Paralympic Regulations for Paris 2024 will be published, four weeks prior to the FEI General Assembly.

    November 2022
    NFs and other stakeholders will have one last opportunity to comment on the Regulations during the Rules Session, which will take place the day before the General Assembly.

    The regulations will be put to a vote at the FEI General Assembly and the documents will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2023 for approval.

  • 12 Mar 2022
    The “IJOC Award” presented to Willem Luiten (NED)

    A special ceremony was held at the Dutch Masters in ‘s-Hertogenbosch to recognise Willem Luiten (NED), former President of the International Jumping Officials Club. Presented by, Stephan Ellenbruch (GER), Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee, Glenn Maes (BEL), President of the International Jumping Officials Club (IJOC) and Laura van de Graaf (NED) IJOC Board Treasurer, the “IJOC Award” was given to Willem Luiten for his outstanding contribution to IJOC and equestrian sport more generally.

    Willem Luiten has been involved in the sport of Jumping at many levels and for a long time, including but not limited to his management role in the Dutch National Federation, national and international judging, and breeding. He is also the proud father of Marten Luiten, the FEI Dressage European Young Riders Champion for two consecutive years.

    Following his presidential election in IJOC in 2018, Willem focused on key areas for the development of the Club. The “President’s Blog” as he called it was his invention to develop communication with members. He further strengthened the position of the Club via the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the FEI, propelling the Club to a wider member network and increasing collaboration with the FEI to represent the interests of FEI Jumping Officials in the decision-making process.

    Willem stepped down from his role in 2021 due to health reasons but is dedication and achievements will be long respected by all stakeholders in the world of equestrian sport.

    In his statement, the current president of the IJOC, Glenn Maes, said: “It is with great respect that I can honour Willem for his career on behalf of the IJOC Board and the member officials of our club around the world. Years ago, Willem and I started our international judging careers together and since then I have highly respected Willem for his commitment and engagement for our sport and for the IJOC”.

  • 18 Feb 2022
    FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2021/2022 – Revised Rules due to Covid-19

    Taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Jumping World Cup™ calendar 2021/2022 (2020/2021 for the South African League), the Board approved a number of by-laws for qualification for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2022. These had been established specifically for the Leagues and Sub-leagues in which all qualifiers had been cancelled. The FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2021/2022 Rules have been updated. You will find the key modifications outlined below:

    Covid-19 By-Laws for Qualification for the 2022 Final approved on 17 February 2022:
    Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Jumping World Cup™ calendar for 2021/2022 (2020/2021 for the South African League), the following By-Laws for qualification for the 2022 Final have been established for (Sub-) Leagues in which all qualifiers have been cancelled. These By-Laws may be further updated depending on the evolution of the situation in the various Leagues.
    1. Leagues cancelled
    For Leagues in which all qualifying Events for the 2021/2022 season (2020/2021 season for the South African League) are cancelled, the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 of NFs included in the Leagues concerned will be used to determine the respective qualifications.
    2. Sub-Leagues cancelled (Arab League)
    For Sub-Leagues in which all qualifying Events for the 2021/2022 season are cancelled, the standings for each Sub-League (North African and Middle East) will be established taking into account all qualifying Events combined over the Sub-Leagues. Qualification for the 2022 Final will be determined using the final Sub-League standings.
    FEI Jumping World Cup™ rules affected by the above Covid-19 By-Laws (Covid-19 By-Laws are indicated in italics)
    Article 657 - QUALIFICATION FOR THE FEI WORLD CUP™ FINAL
    1. Qualification per League
    Qualified for the Final are:
    1.1. Western Europe
    Eighteen Western European Athletes with the highest total points in the Western European League.
    1.2. North America
    Athletes obtain FEI World Cup™ points for their country of citizenship, i.e. USA, Canada or Mexico, regardless of where they are domiciled in North America.
    1.2.1. Seven USA Athletes from East USA (USEF AHSA Zones 1-7).
    1.2.2. Three USA Athletes West USA (USEF AHSA Zones 8-12).
    1.2.3. Two Canadian Athletes (the two Athletes with the most points).
    1.2.4. Two Mexican Athletes (the two Athletes with the most points).
    1.3. Extra Athletes
    Any Athlete (extra Athlete) from another League, or who is a citizen of a nation not part of a League, domiciled in a country of the League in which he/she is participating, having gained at least as many points as the last qualified Athlete in that League (prior to substitution) is qualified for the Final in the League in which he/she has competed. For the North American League, an Athlete who is a citizen of a nation not part of the North American League or from another League, and who is domiciled in USEF Zones 1-7 or eastern Canada, respectively in USEF Zones 8-12, western Canada or Mexico, must obtain at least as many points as the last qualified East USA, respectively West USA, Athlete (prior to substitution) to qualify for the Final as an extra Athlete.
    1.4. Qualification of Finalists from other Leagues
    1.4.1 Number of Finalists from other Leagues
    The number of finalists from other Leagues will be determined by the FEI Jumping Committee according to the overall standard of their own League.
    1.4.2 South African League
    The winner of the South African League will qualify for the Final of the following season, i.e. the League winner of the 2020/2021 season will qualify for the 2022 Final. The Horse(s) with which the qualified Athlete participates at the Final must have completed at least one FEI World Cup™ Competition in which the Athlete was eligible to earn points, as the nominated FEI World Cup™ Horse, during the season in which the Athlete qualified (refer to Art. 657.1.10).
    N/A for qualification for the 2022 Final, in which case the following will apply:
    The Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the League concerned will be used to determine the respective qualification.

    1.5. Substitution of FEI World Cup™ qualified Athletes
    In case not all qualified Athletes accept their qualification place for the Final, the following applies:
    1.5.1 Western European
    18 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 27th place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
    1.5.2 North America
    14 places, extra Athletes excluded, as follows:
    • 7 USA Athletes - East USA (USEF Zones 1-7)
    • 3 USA Athletes – West USA (USEF Zones 8-12)
    • 2 CAN Athletes
    • 2 MEX Athletes
    Substitution in descending order of the final North American League standings, extra Athletes included.
    1.5.3 Central Europe
    3 places, extra Athletes excluded; substitution up to 4th place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
    1.5.4 South America South (consists of ARG, BRA, CHI and URU)*
    2 places, extra Athletes excluded; substitution up to 4th place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
    1.5.5 Australia
    2 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 3rd place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
    1.5.6 Central America and Caribbean Islands, Japan, South America North (South America North consists of BOL, COL, ECU, PER + VEN)*, New Zealand, China, South East Asia, Central Asia and South Africa
    1 place, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 2nd place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
    N/A for cancelled Leagues in the 2021/2022 season (2020/2021 season for the South African League), in which case the following will apply:
    1 place, selected from the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the League concerned, no substitution.

    1.5.7 Arab League
    1.5.7.1 Middle East Sub-League: 3 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 5th place in the final Sub-League standings, extra Athletes included.
    1.5.7.2 North African Sub-League: 2 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 5th place in the final Sub-League standings, extra Athletes included.
    N/A for the 2021/2022 season, for which the following will apply:
    2 places, extra Athletes excluded, through the final North African Sub-League standings season 2021/2022, no substitution.

    1.5.8 Korea
    1 place, extra Athletes excluded, no substitution
    1.5.9 Eurasian League:
    3 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 2nd place in the final standings, extra Athletes included
    Annex C – RULES FOR THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN LEAGUE
    11. Qualification for the FEI World Cup™ Final
    The number of Athletes qualified for the Final from the South East Asian League will be one through the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the China League. There will be substitution to second place in the South East Asian League Overall Standings.
    Annex D – RULES FOR THE ARAB LEAGUE
    12. Qualification for the FEI World Cup™ Final
    The number of Athletes qualified for the Final from the Middle East Sub-League will be three; the number of Athletes qualified for the Final from the North African Sub-League will be two. There will be substitution to fifth place in the respective Middle East Sub-League overall Standings. There will be no substitution in the North African Sub-League overall Standings.
    Annex G – RULES FOR THE CHINA LEAGUE
    5. Qualification for the FEI World Cup™ Final
    One Athlete from the China League (Chinese, Hong Kong or Chinese Taipei Athlete) will qualify for the FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final through the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the China League. There will be substitution to the second place in the China League standings (refer to Art. 657.1.5.6).
    © Copyright FEI – 17 February 2022

  • 9 Dec 2021
    FEI Events Standards Stakeholder Survey

    The FEI has created a stakeholders survey to ensure the maintenance and continued improvement, of an already existing high standard, at FEI Events. This survey will help the FEI better understand the expectations of its key stakeholders, and the information collected will help guide the future approach of the FEI to ensuring that these are met.

    The survey launches today and will be open until Monday 14 February 2022. We encourage everyone to take part in this survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, and thank you in advance for your time.

    Take the FEI Events Standards Stakeholder Survey - https://inside.fei.org/hub/fei-events-standards-stakeholders-survey

  • 1 Apr 2021
    EHV Relief Fund Brings Showjumping Community Together for a Common Cause

    The entire showjumping community has been devastated by the current linked outbreaks in Spain of the neurological form of EHV-1 that has impacted horses in 10 countries in mainland Europe. Through the hard work and dedication of many in our community, progress is clearly being made towards bringing the immediate situation under control. However, many riders and owners are facing severe financial hardship due to the costs of emergency veterinary treatment for their horses during the crisis.

    In order to provide support for those affected by these unforeseen and, in many cases, very substantial expenses, the EHV Relief Fund has been established. The brainchild of showjumping athletes Emile Hendrix, Peter Charles and Frederick Goltz, the Fund has the support of the FEI, European Equestrian Federation, International Jumping Riders Club, Jumping Owners Club and Equestrian Organisers. In addition, Riders Help Riders, the fundraising campaign set up by German event organiser and sports marketer Axel Milkau, has joined forces with the Fund. Collectively, this group have set themselves up as the Sponsors of the Fund.

    The mandate of the Fund is to provide financial support to riders and owners for the legitimate veterinary expenses resulting directly from the EHV-1 outbreaks in Spain. All proceeds raised by the Fund will be applied to this mission. Any administrative or other costs of the Fund will be borne by the Sponsors. 

    Guidelines for the submission of funding requests will be published in due course, but the basic principle will be to:

    • compile all applicable expenses;
    • raise as much money as possible;
    • allocate funds raised to cover the greatest percentage of the applicable expenses possible.

    The Sponsors have created an oversight committee to manage distribution of the funds based on this mandate. The Sponsors are committed to full transparency and the accounts of the Fund will be published when it is wound-up.

    “Despite these desperately distressing times, it has been heartwarming to see in practice what we all know to be true: that in our sport, the welfare of the horse comes first, no matter the circumstance”, Frederick Goltz said. “As part of that special community ethos, we would hope that the broader showjumping community will help to bear some of the costs, particularly in an environment made all the more difficult by Covid-19.”

    A total of €250,000 has already been pledged to the Fund, including monies committed by the Sponsors, other donors, and the very successful fundraising effort already undertaken by the Riders Help Riders team.

    “Thank you to those who have already joined our effort and we very much hope that everyone in the showjumping community will consider helping as much as they are able”, Peter Charles said. 

    Questions about the Fund can be addressed to EHVRelief@FEI.org

    Donations can be paid directly to the dedicated bank account that has been set up through the FEI:

    Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Place St-François 14, 1003 Lausanne - Switzerland
    Account holder: Federation Equestre Internationale, IBAN: CH72 0076 7000 E536 6418 5, Account: E 5366.41.85 EUR, BIC/Swift: BCVLCH2LXXX
    Reference: EHV_relief_fund

    Sponsors: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI); European Equestrian Federation (EEF); International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC); Jumping Owners Club (JOC); Equestrian Organisers (EO); Riders Help Riders; Emile Hendrix; Peter Charles; Frederick Goltz.

  • 19 Mar 2021
    New FEI Jumping Calendar Measures 

    The FEI Board has approved four recommendations from the FEI Jumping Calendar Task Force to allow greater flexibility around Date Clash Rules, Calendar Applications, Date Change Applications due to EHV-1, as well as new dates for the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021, Lanaken (BEL).
    These Calendar measures seek to mitigate the negative effects of Covid-19 and EHV-1, and in particular to allow as many Events as possible to take place leading up to Tokyo 2020. They will provide Athletes more opportunities to compete to obtain the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) and Confirmation Results, and to train for the Olympic Games as well as for other Championships, while for Organisers, these measures provide more flexibility to re-schedule their cancelled or postponed Events. 
    The FEI Jumping Calendar measures approved by the FEI Board today are:

    • Application of Date Clash Rules until Tokyo 2020 (Emergency Board Resolution)
      The FEI Board approved that all Jumping Event Organisers may, until the end of the Tokyo 2020 Games (Sunday 8 August 2021), organise their Events (subject to the Calendar applications deadline mentioned below) on their selected dates and no Dates Clash Rules shall apply during that time.
    • Deadlines for Calendar Applications (Emergency Board Resolution)
      The FEI Board approved the reduction of deadlines for Calendar applications as follows:
    • CSI5*/ CSI4: from 10 weeks to 6 weeks
    • CSIO5*/CSIO4*/CSIO3*/CSIO2*/CSIO1*/CSI3*/CSIOY/J/P/Ch: from 8 weeks to 6 weeks
    • Date change Applications due to EHV-1
      Taking into account the above Deadlines for Calendar Applications, the FEI Board consequently approved that for any Event taking place between 12 April and 30 April 2021, the 6 weeks deadline shall be considered as met if the request for the date change was made at least 6 weeks prior to the new date of the Event.
    • New Dates for the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021, Lanaken (BEL)
      The FEI Board approved the new dates requested by the Organiser, which are 22-25 September 2021.

    A communication is also being sent to FEI Jumping Athletes informing them of changes to the deadlines for calendar applications as well as Jumping Events that have been added or moved in the FEI Calendar today.
    And lastly, we would like to also highlight that the FEI will be announcing Calendar Measures for the other disciplines in the coming days, following input from each of the dedicated Calendar Task Forces.

  • 18 Feb 2021
    Information on date clash between the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) and CSI5* GCT/GCL Shanghai (CHN)

    Information on date clash between the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) and CSI5* GCT/GCL Shanghai (CHN)

    Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Calendar and in the interest of the sport, the FEI has agreed to the date clash between the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) and CSI5* GCT/GCL Shanghai (CHN). Both Organisers have agreed that any NF will be entitled to select and enter any Athlete for the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) without any consequences or sanction from GCT/GCL against Athletes that are members of a GCL Team and that this should not be regarded as a breach of any contractual obligation between the Athlete and GCT/GCL and/or Team owner.

    Furthermore, neither Event will make a special effort to attract Athletes from each other, while being aware that the choice ultimately rests with the Athletes and the National Federations. Chefs d’équipe and national selectors, together with the IJRC, will be requested to cooperate to attract top Athletes to both Events. The FEI will work with NFs and the IJRC to attract top athletes to both events.

  • 12 Feb 2021
    FEI 2021 Rules Explainer Videos now available on FEI Campus

    The FEI Education & Officials Department have recently published explainer videos for the major FEI Jumping 2021 Rule changes.

    These videos are mainly aimed at Officials and Athletes who are required to be up-to-date with the different rules. For the wider audience these videos will serve a rather informative purpose, providing a deeper understanding of our sport. The goal of these short videos is to highlight the most impactful rule changes and their rationale in each discipline, as well as more general regulations including the Equine Anti-Doping Controlled Medication Regulations and the Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes which underwent a full review in 2020.

    Here are the direct links to the below listed videos on FEI Campus by clicking on the relevant name:

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