Department updates in Main Para Dressage

  • 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.

     

  • 2 Jan 2024
    FEI publishes Olympic and Paralympic Rankings for Paris 2024 

    We wish you a very Happy New Olympic and Paralympic Year!

    Please click here to read the press release announcing the publication of the Olympic and Paralympic Rankings for Paris 2024.

    Thank you for your attention.

  • 11 Dec 2023
    Draft Schedules 2024 now available on Inside.FEI.org

    The updated Draft Schedules 2024, 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 Draft Schedules for each Discipline as well as the relevant contact email should you require further information and/or assistance: 
    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 Vaulting
    Person in charge: laetitia.gillieron@fei.org

    Click here for Driving and here for Para Driving
    Contact email: driving@fei.org

    Click here for Endurance
    Contact email: endurance@fei.org

    The online schedules for Jumping and Eventing have also been updated.
    Contact email for Jumping: jumping@fei.org

    Contact email for Eventing: eventingschedules@fei.org

  • 17 Nov 2023
    Campaign launch "Think OutsideThe Box  "

    We are pleased to inform you that the FEI will be launching a new campaign tomorrow called “Think Outside The Box” to raise awareness and provide solutions to minimise the risk of potential contamination and Equine Anti-Doping and Medication Controlled Regulations (EADMCR) violations, as well as potential health risks for horses, arising from certain behaviours and actions or lack-of in and around the stables.

    Initially created to attract the attention of the key stakeholders concerned by the EADMCRs ie riders, grooms and support personnel, and in a bid to inform and educate around contamination – often an unfortunate situation that could be avoided if the right precautions had been taken - the campaign was expanded to include general best-practice recommendations to make it relevant to the wider equestrian community and promote safety and wellbeing for horses, regardless of their competition status.

    A joint collaboration between the Education and Legal departments at the FEI, with very engaging and “shareable” content (you will be surprised by the video), we encourage all our stakeholders to join us in the promotion of this campaign so we can reach as many people as possible, and hopefully reduce contamination cases emanating from ill-informed behaviour, as well as providing the best practice recommendations to avoid contamination for horses out of competition and any potential health threats this might entail. 

    Dedicated Hub & Digital Assets To Download – English, French & Spanish
    We have created a dedicated portal - www.fei.org/think - available in three languages (English, French and Spanish) and have an array of digital assets which you can download and use on all your channels to proactively promote the campaign to you members, fans and followers. Download assets directly on www.fei.org/think #FEIThinkOutsideTheBox 

    They Support Us
    You will see on the portal, we have a section – They Support Us – where we have included the logos of all our Official Stakeholders, so please do let us know if you would like to be removed from this section, simply by contacting Sebastien.Goyon@fei.org and alternatively if you are not included in this section, and would like to be featured, please also contact Sebastien.Goyon@fei.org and let him know you would like to be added to that section with your logo.   

    Campaign Merchandising
    And finally, we have produced some bright and impactful merchandising for this campaign, which is available to all our “supporters” so please don’t to hesitate contact Sebastien.Goyon@fei.org with the relevant delivery address and we will send you a pack of stickers, caps and tote bags with campaign branding. 

    Ambassadors
    We are also on the lookout for ambassadors – so if you would like to nominate/introduce us to potential ambassadors for the campaign, we are open to suggestions! 

    EMBARGOED
    Please note all of the above is EMBARGOED until Friday 17 November 20:00 CET when the campaign is officially launched. We kindly ask that you refrain from posting any information, assets, visual, etc until 16:00 on Friday unless reposting from FEI channels.  

    #FEIThinkOutsideTheBox

  • 2 Nov 2023
    FEI Para Equestrian Updates

    Para Equestrian Forum 2024

    The FEI Para Dressage department would like to invite applications from National Federations who would be interested in hosting the 2024 Para Equestrian Forum. The Para Equestrian Technical Committee has suggested that the Forum should be held in early April 2024 to fit in with the competition calendar. Please see attached the guidelines for hosting the FEI Para Equestrian Forum, and please send all applications to the Para Dressage department by 30 November. 

    Visual Impairment (VI) Classifications in 2024

    Due to the increased numbers of Athletes attending VI Classifications in 2023, the FEI would like to invite expressions of interest from NFs to host a VI Classification alongside a CPEDI so that more FEI VI Classification events are available to Athletes. The FEI would contribute to a portion of the expenses for running the event, and would help to liaise with IBSA to secure Classifiers.

    Please contact the Para Dressage department by 16 November for more information if your NF would be interested to host a VI Classification in 2024.

    Classification/Compensating Aids Requests Refresher – respecting deadlines

    The increase of Athletes attending Classification in 2023 shows the positive growth of Para Equestrian. We would like to remind National Federations that in 2024 the deadlines for Classification requests, Medical Review Requests and Compensating Aids Requests must be strictly adhered to as per the rules. As a reminder, Classification and Medical Review requests must be received at least six weeks in advance of the Classification event, and Compensating Aids requests at least two weeks in advance of the Event.

    All forms can be found on the FEI Classification Documentation page. For any questions please contact the Para Dressage department. 

    Qualification Rules 2024

    The Overall Para Dressage Qualification Criteria for 2024 has been published on the FEI Para Dressage Rules page. These criteria include clarification of the requirements for an Athlete to complete a CPEDI2* prior to starting at a CPEDI3*.

  • 20 Sep 2023
    Para Equestrian Classification research

    The research project led by Sarah Jane Hobbs, from the University of Central Lancashire, in collaboration with Hartpury University, is now completed with the publication of the final manuscript “Towards an Evidence-Based Classification System for Para Dressage: Associations between Impairment and Performance Measures” . The team, carrying out the initial three-year project, have produced four main publications listed below and several background research projects, which are all published on the FEI Classification Research webpage.

    Year 1

    Scoping Review - Performance Measures

    Published 24 April 2020

     

    Scoping Review - Impairment Measures

    Published 13 December 2022

    Year 2

    Qualitative Research Methods - Interviews with Para Dressage Stakeholders

    Published 3 November 2021

    Year 3

    Animals | Free Full-Text | Towards an Evidence-Based Classification System for Para Dressage: Associations between Impairment and Performance Measures (mdpi.com) Complete manuscript

    Published 31 August 2023

     

    Executive Summary

    Published 11 September 2023

     

    The next steps for the FEI will be to engage and work closely with an external consultant with extensive expertise in classification across sports to undertake a two-pronged review of:

    • The research conclusions and how these can be translated into improved Classification practices for Para Equestrian.
    • The current FEI Para Equestrian Classification System with a best-practice view, to determine where improvements are required to the system, for example, the athlete evaluation process.

    Recommendations from this review will be considered by the FEI Para Equestrian Technical Committee, FEI Classification Working Group and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Consultation with our Para equestrian community will also be undertaken to ensure we hear from all relevant stakeholders in regards to advances to the current Classification system including an implementation plan with consideration of the FEI Rules Revision cycle and Paralympic cycle, and inclusion of a transitional period for Athletes and National Federations.

    We are looking for a Classification expert with relevant experience reviewing and transitioning classification systems, preferably with experience in other sports classification systems. We invite you to put forward any contacts that you may have in the domain, and please send any proposals to the Para Dressage Department by 15 October at the latest.

    Please contact the Para Dressage Department for any questions or further information.

  • 31 Aug 2023
    FEI Calendar 2024 deadline - Reminder

    We wish to remind you that in accordance with Art. 112 of the FEI General Regulations, the dates for all 2024 International Events must be entered into the FEI online Calendar through FEI Database before 01 October. Exceptionally this year, the deadline is postponed to Monday, 02 October 2023 midnight CEST.

     

    At 23:59 CEST on 02 October 2023, the 2024 online Calendar will be blocked. Any modification requested after the deadline will need to be addressed to the FEI by email (calendar@fei.org) using the Calendar Form available on FEI Documents.

     

    You will find the full Memo which can also be accessed via the FEI Calendar here.

  • 30 Aug 2023
    FEI Board Resolutions, 29 August 2023 - Dressage and Para Dressage

    The FEI Board held a teleconference on 29 August. The main resolutions taken on this occasion are listed below.

    Allocation of FEI-Named Events

    FEI Dressage World Cup™ - Western European League 2024/25 (Qualifiers)
    The Board allocated the FEI Dressage World Cup™ - Western European League 2024/2025 Qualifiers to the following Organisers:

    • Herning (DEN), 17-20 October 2024
    • Lyon (FRA), 30 October – 3 November 2024
    • Stuttgart (GER), 13-17 November 2024
    • Madrid (ESP), 20 and 30 November 2024
    • London (GBR) 17-19 December 2024
    • Mechelen (BEL), 26-30 December 2024
    • Basel (SUI), 8-12 January 2025
    • Amsterdam (NED), 23-26 January 2025
    • Neumünster (GER), 13-16 February 2025
    • Gothenburg (SWE), 20-22 February 2025
    • S’Hertogenbosch (NED), 13-16 March 2025

    Dressage

    FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ Rules 2024
    The Board approved the proposed rules for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ 2024. The final version will include FEI Dressage World Championships, rather than FEI World Equestrian Games™.

    FEI Dressage World Cup™ Rules 2023/2024
    The Board approved the proposed rules for the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024.
    Both sets of rules will be available online here.

    Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Paralympic Games Appointment of the Assistant Technical Delegate
    The Board approved the appointment of Hanneke Gerritsen (NED) as Assistant Technical Delegate for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
    The list of Officials for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games appointed to date will be published here.

    FEI Annual Report 2022
    The Board approved the FEI Annual Report 2022. The Annual Report will be published online here in the coming days.

  • 24 Aug 2023
    FEI confirms bidders for FEI World Championships 2026

    The FEI has today confirmed the shortlisted bidders for the FEI World Championships 2026. The shortlist comprises five Organising Committees who have applied to host events in various disciplines, as follows:

    • Aachen (GER) – Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, Eventing, Driving Four-in-Hand, Vaulting
    • Boekelo (NED) – Eventing
    • Burghley (GBR) – Eventing
    • Al Ula (KSA) – Endurance
    • Samorin (SVK) – Endurance

    The FEI Board will allocate the FEI World Championships 2026 at its in-person Board Meeting on 18 November 2023 in Mexico City (MEX), following a thorough review by the FEI Evaluation Commission and taking into account recommendations by the Technical Committees.

    Following three decades of a unique host formula for senior World Championships under the FEI World Equestrian Games™ format, in 2022 the FEI returned to a more flexible approach accepting single and multiple World Championship bids with a focus on catering to the needs and specificities of each discipline. Herning (DEN) hosted hugely successful events in Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, and Vaulting whereas Eventing and Driving Four-in-Hand competitions took place at Pratoni Del Vivaro (ITA), venue of the 1960 Olympic equestrian events. The FEI Endurance World Championships 2022 were held at Butheeb (UAE) last February.

    “We are very pleased with the variety of bids we have received,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Following the outstanding FEI World Championships 2022 organised in Denmark, Italy and the UAE, we are confident this flexible approach with single and multiple bids serves not only the sport, but also the fans and the development of equestrian around the world, allowing different nations and venues to bid to host a major FEI event.”

    Olympic qualifications
    The FEI World Championships 2026 in Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, and Eventing will be the first qualifying events for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    A bit of history
    The FEI World Championships have a long history.

    Dressage is the FEI discipline with the longest tradition of Championships. A Grand Prix de Dressage, organised in Lucerne (SUI) as early as 1927, had hosted 12 riders representing five nations.

    Official FEI Dressage Championships were organised on all non-Olympic years between 1930 and 1939 in Switzerland, France, Austria, Hungary, Germany, and Great Britain. The last such event took place in August 1939, only days before the outbreak of World War II.

    The FEI tried to revive the event after the war with limited success. Participation gradually improved and European Championships were organised in 1963, which led to the first FEI Dressage World Championship held in Bern (SUI) three years later.

    The first Para Dressage Championship, which took place under the leadership of the FEI, was held in July 2007 only a year after Para Equestrian came under the FEI umbrella. The event enjoyed a truly international representation gathering 133 athletes from 35 nations. Since 2010, FEI Dressage and Para Dressage Championships are being held concurrently.

    The first FEI Jumping World Championship was organised in June 1953 at the Parc des Princes stadium in the south west of Paris (FRA). The event was drastically different from its modern equivalent as only 19 athletes from 11 countries, including Yugoslavia, Cambodia and the USA, competed. No women took part since female riders would not be able to enter Jumping competitions until 1956.

    The first FEI Eventing World Championship was organised in 1966, the same year as the first FEI Dressage World Championship, at the beautiful estate of Lord Burghley in Lincolnshire, Great Britain. The Championship gathered 39 athletes representing five nations: Argentina, Great Britain, Ireland, USA, USSR.

    The previous year the FEI had established the configuration according to which World Championships in the Olympic discipline of Jumping were held every four years in the non-Olympic even years and continental championships were organised in the odd years. This pattern is still in use today for all the FEI Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.

    The non-Olympic disciplines
    The first edition of the FEI Driving World Championship for Four-in-Hand was held in 1972 in Münster (GER) two years after Driving had become an FEI discipline. Since then, the event continues to be organised every two years.

    Endurance became an FEI discipline in 1982, one year before Vaulting. The championship histories of these two non-Olympic disciplines have run in parallel from the start with World Championships organised every other year on even years.

    FEI Endurance European Championships had been held in 1984 and 1985 until the first FEI Endurance World Championship was organised in September 1986 at Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA).

    In 1983, one year after Driving, Vaulting also joined the FEI. In 1984 the first FEI Vaulting European Championship was organised and was followed by another European edition in 1985. This second European edition was open to the rest of the world. A strong showing from the USA convinced the FEI the time had come for a World Championship. The first FEI Vaulting World Championship took place in in the small Swiss town of Bulle from 18 to 20 July 1986.

    FEI World Equestrian Games 1990 - 2018
    The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were held in the Swedish capital Stockholm with the 1912 Olympic stadium as the main venue. On the initiative of the then-FEI President HRH Prince Philip, the World Championships in all the FEI discipline were held in the same city from 14 July to 5 August 1990. Given the smooth organisation and success of these Games, what should have been a one-off event, was extended and seven more editions took place in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002, Aachen (GER) in 2006, Lexington, KY (USA) in 2010, Normandy (FRA) in 2014, and Tryon, NC (USA) in 2018. Please click here to visit the FEI History Hub where you will find more details about FEI World Championships.

  • 23 Aug 2023
    Judges Supervisory Panel simulation at FEI Para Dressage European Championships in Riesenbeck (GER), 4-10 September 2023

    As per the proposals published on the Rules Revision platform, the FEI Para Equestrian Technical Committee have proposed to include a Judges Supervisory Panel (JSP) at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The proposed JSP would consist of two members implementing a 6% rule based on unanimous decision, which means that if a judge’s final score for a Horse/Athlete combination varies (above or below) by 6 % or more from the average of the scores of the other Judges for the same combination, the JSP may, by unanimous decision, change that particular score to be the same as the next closest score. The Judges and Athletes concerned would be informed of the changes.

    We would also like to inform you that in preparation of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, a simulation of the proposed JSP will be run at the upcoming FEI Para Dressage European Championships in Riesenbeck (GER). The simulation will have no effect on the results of the European Championships and will not be made public, but instead is intended only to test the functioning of the JSP in preparation for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

    For any further information please contact the FEI Para Dressage Department.

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