Lausanne (SUI) 24-25 April 2023

Please note that the online registration of the FEI Sports Forum 2023 is now closed as we have reached full capacity.

Thank you for your understanding. The Organising Team.

Welcome by the FEI President and the FEI Secretary General

Dear members of the international equestrian community,
Esteemed colleagues,
Dear friends,


It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 11th edition of the FEI Sports Forum, which will take place on 24 and 25 April 2023.


Every year since 2012, we have gathered in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, for exciting discussions, which never fail to be open and honest, and which are crucial for the development of our sport. In 2020 and 2021, due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, we had to shift to a virtual format, and although we missed face-to-face contacts, our dialogue never ceased.


This year we are delighted to meet again as a community at the prestigious IMD Business School in Lausanne to discuss, debate, and plan the future of equestrian sport.


The FEI Sports Forum 2023 will open with the all-important second report of the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission, which was created last June to address societal concerns related to the use of horses in sport and to provide an independent evidence based framework to guide FEI regulations, policies and practices in relation to equine welfare and wellbeing. The presentation of the report will be followed by a session dedicated to consultation and questions from the stakeholder community attending the Forum.


The afternoon of the first Sports Forum day will feature a session on the IT solutions and services made available by the FEI and which are meant to support athletes at all levels of the sport all the way up to Olympic gold. This session will be followed by an update on preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be given by representatives of the Organising Committee, GL Events Equestrian Sport, and FEI staff members.


Day Two will begin with an extensive session on various issues in Jumping events. It will be prepared directly by the representatives of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), Equestrian Organisers (EO), International Jumping Officials Club (IJOC), Jumping Owners Club (JOC) with input from the Athlete’s Committee Chair and the Jumping Athlete representative.


The rest of the day will focus on FEI key events requirements and it will be followed by a session on the FEI Endurance Rules, which this year are undergoing full revision, thus bringing proceedings to an end.


As for every edition of the Sports Forum, you will find all the information you need on this platform including a detailed timetable, information on each of the sessions, key deadlines, contact information, travel, accommodation and fees for registration.


We look forward to seeing you in Lausanne in April and to having interesting discussions that will continue to serve the best interest of our community.


Ingmar De Vos
FEI President

Sabrina Ibáñez
FEI Secretary General

    Last update: [15 February 2023]
Day 1   IMD, M100 Auditorium
Monday 24 April 2023
08:15 Registration opens - Welcome Coffee
09:00 Opening by Ingmar De Vos, FEI President followed by Prof. Cairns-Lee, IMD Representative
09:30 Session 1: Interim Report from the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission
10:30 Coffee break 


Session 1 (cont.) : Q&A Interim Report from the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission 

12:30 Lunch - IMD


Session 2: TechQuestrian: going for gold

15:15 Coffee break
15:45 Session 3: Paris 2024 Update Report
16:45 Wrap-up by the Secretary General

Departure by bus for the FEI Official Dinner
Chaplin's World Museum, Vevey
Dress code: Business casual

Day 2  IMD, M100 Auditorium
Tuesday 25 April 2023
08:30 Registration opens - Welcome Coffee
09:00 Session 4: Cost of Jumping Events, open discussion with the Athletes, Owners, Officials and Organisers
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Session 5: FEI Key Events Requirements 
13:00 Lunch - IMD
14:15 Session 6: FEI Endurance Full Rules Revision
16:15 Wrap-up by the Secretary General

Farewell Cocktail
FEI Headquarters

Dress code: Business Casual


All persons who register for the FEI Sports Forum will be charged a unique congress fee of CHF 350, which includes all meeting costs and meals (lunches and dinners, as mentioned in the timetable). Accomodation will be paid separately by each participant directly at the hotel.

National Federations representatives
In order to reduce the costs for National Federations wishing to send several o their representatives to the FEI Sports Forum the fees for 2023 will be as follows: 

  • 1st and 2nd delegate: CHF 350 per person;
  • 3rd delegate and thereafter: CHF 200 per person (This reduced fee applies only to NFs Representatives).

Accompanying Persons
Accompanying persons will be asked to pay a contribution of CHF 200 to participate to the dinners on 24 and 25 April.
The congress fee will be debited from your credit card when your registration and booking have been processed by the FEI.

Please use the online registration system that will enable you to register for the FEI Sports Forum and book your hotel room (if necessary).
If you need any assistance during the online registration process, do not hesitate to contact

This is the final deadline to register for the FEI Sports Forum. After this date, all registrations will be subject to availability.

03 APRIL 2023

Specific documents related to the sessions will be available in "Session Documents"



Technology & Sport Services

FEI Sports Forum participants are warmly invited to learn more about the IT systems and platforms made available by the FEI and to discover the innovations and developments that will be coming next.
The team will be at your disposal to answer your questions throughout the FEI Sports Forum at the FEI Technology and Sport Services desk in the main hall. 

FEI Solidarity

Always with the aim of assisting our Member National Federations develop equestrian sports and horse welfare in their own country, the FEI SOLIDARITY Team will be available throughout the FEI Sports Forum if you have any questions regarding the FEI SOLIDARITY programme and more.
To ensure availability, you can make an appointment directly with Céline Starbanov by email:

Day 1 - Monday 24 April - Morning from 09:00 CEST


Day 1 - Monday 24 April - Afternoon from 13:45 CEST



Day 2 - Tuesday 25 April - Morning from 09:00 CEST


Day 2 - Tuesday 25 April 2023 - Afternoon from 14:15 CEST