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

  • 22 Feb 2023
    Update on confirmed EHV-1 cases in Oliva (ESP)

    The FEI is working closely with the Spanish National Federation, the Spanish Veterinary Authority and the Organising Committee in Oliva following four confirmed cases of EHV-1 at Oliva (ESP). These four horses were among ten horses stabled in the same stable block that developed fever. They were immediately isolated and tested, with four returning a positive test for EHV-1. There have been no reports of any neurological signs in these horses.

    All the precautionary measures to minimise the risk of transmission have been swiftly applied, and ALL the horses attending Oliva from 7 February to 22 February - close to 1,000 horses – are now blocked in the FEI database. This includes any horses that may have already left Oliva to compete at other FEI events.

    For the 82 horses stabled in the same block as the four horses that tested positive, they are required to stay onsite for at least seven days with measures and testing protocols to be fulfilled prior to leaving the venue, while for the remaining horses, they can leave the venue as soon they have completed a pre-departure veterinary check.

    The PRs have all been notified, alongside their respective National Federations.

    All the horses that have been blocked in the FEI database are prevented from attending any FEI events until they have fulfilled certain health requirements which are imposed in order to minimize any potential transmission of the virus, both to their own horses and the wider horse population. The mandatory biosecurity measures include isolation for a minimum of 21 days, taking twice daily rectal temperatures and conducting laboratory testing for EHV-1. Release from isolation can only take place on the advice of a veterinarian and in order to be “un-blocked” and have access to FEI Events, the horses will need to comply with all the return to competition protocols and have the restriction lifted by the FEI Veterinary Department.  

    An FEI Update will be sent tomorrow to the greater equestrian community. We thank you for your cooperation and vigilance in all matters of biosecurity.  

    Should you have any questions regarding this matter, don’t hesitate to contact the Veterinary Department.

  • 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:

    - 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

    - Paris 2024 Olympic Games
    - Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

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


    Accreditation FOR HORSE OWNERS


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

  • 15 Dec 2022
    Update to the criteria for the allocation of FEI wild card invitations

    With the growing demand for FEI wild card invitations and with changes made to the Jumping Rules for 2023 allowing an additional FEI invitation to an Athlete attempting to earn a Certificate of Capability for the Olympic Games, the FEI Jumping Department and Jumping Committee have reviewed the existing criteria for the allocation of FEI wild card invitations over the past year.

    The updated version is available here and will come into force as of 1 January 2023.

    Please share this document amongst the Jumping Organisers and Athletes.

    For any questions please contact the Jumping Department.

  • 8 Dec 2022
    FEI Board Resolutions, 6 December 2022

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


    FEI Jumping Ponies Trophy 2023
    The Board approved the allocation of the following legs for the FEI Jumping Ponies Trophy 2023:

    Herning (DEN), 18-22 October 2023
    Lyon (FRA), 1-5 November 2023
    Stuttgart (GER), 15-19 November 2023
    Salzburg (AUT), 6-10 December 2023

    Mechelen (BEL), 26-30 December 2023

    FEI Jumping Youth Nations Cup™ 2023
    The Board approved the allocation of the following legs for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth 2023:

    European Qualifiers:
    Opglabbeek (BEL), 29 March-2 April 2023
    Gorla Minore (ITA), 5-9 April 2023
    Zduchovice (CZE), 19-23 April 2023
    Compiegne (FRA), 27-30 April 2023
    Lamprechtshausen (AUT), 3-7 May 2023
    Samorin (SVK), 11-14 May 2023
    Drammen (NOR), 27-30 May or 9-12 June 2023
    Zuidwolde (NED), 30 May-4 June 2023
    Hagen (GER), 13-18 June 2023
    Dielsdorf-Zurich (SUI), 23-27 August 2023

    Middle East Qualifier:
    Sharjah (UAE), 3-5 February 2023

    Opglabbeek (BEL) 13-17 September 2023


    FEI Medical/Maternity Leave Provisions
    The Board approved the modifications of the Jumping, Dressage, and Driving Ranking 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 Rules.

    Detailed explanations of these modifications is available in a dedicated press release published here.

    The updated versions of the respective Ranking Rules have been published.

    FEI Jumping Youth Nations Cup™ Rules 2023

    The Board approved the rules of the FEI Jumping Youth Nations Cup™ Series 2023. They will be available here.

    Paris 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES

    Appointment of the Jumping Course Designer
    The Board approved the joint appointment of Santiago Varela (ESP) and Gregory Bodo (FRA) as Co-Course Designers for the Jumping and Eventing Jumping Competitions of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

    Additional details on this appointment will be published in a dedicated press release 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.