Updated 9 October 2020
Protecting the future of the European equine industry
The International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) Task Force for Brexit and EU Animal Health Law, a collaboration of the key European Sport Horse and Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industries, has produced a dossier detailing proposed solutions aimed at securing the future of the European equine industry through safe and expedited movement of high health horses between EU Member States and Britain.
The 14-page dossier is available here.
Updated 10 February 2020
Following the departure of Great Britain from the European Union on 31 January, Britain and the EU and its remaining 27 Member States (EU-27) have agreed that the provisions of the Brexit deal between the two parties will come into force on 1 January 2021. This means that travelling with horses between Great Britain and EU-27 will remain the same throughout 2020. In summary, this means it’s business as usual for now. You can find the full legislative text here.
International Movement of Sport Horses
Horses competing at a high level of international sport are under constant training, supervision and rigorous management. These horses must be kept in good health to ensure performance, and to protect years of training and investment. It is in the interest of everyone competing at the top-level of equestrian sport to ensure that infectious disease does not enter the competition environment and risk the cancellation of events, or the spread of disease. All horses participating in international equestrian events are managed under the FEI Veterinary Framework and Structure by enforcing the FEI Veterinary Regulations. These regulations require:
The rapid expansion of the number of international equestrian events has led to an increased need for efficient and safe ways to move horses internationally. Facilitated international movement of high-level sport horses will enhance further development of equine industries, promote creation of employment and will very much increase the possibility of nations to participate in regional events. It will also facilitate nations in hosting events on their own territory.However, all international movement must always ensure only a minimal risk to the country importing temporarily horses to compete in international equestrian sports.
The FEI, the International Federation of Horseracing Authortities (IFHA) and the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) has developed the High health, high performance horse framework (HHP) with the objective to harmonise the conditions for the international movement of high-performance sport horses. For the continuous work to facilitate International movement of horses the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) was co-founded in 2014 by the FEI and IFHA. IHSC is now a partner with the OIE.
High health, High Performance (HHP) horse
The HHP framework has been developed at the request of the Member nations of the OIE and is based on existing OIE standards of compartmentalisation, identification and traceability, biosecurity and health certification.
HHP horses should be considered a sub-population of the global equine population, and as such they are kept under a high-level biosecurity management that ensures they represent a lower risk than other horses. They can therefore be considered a compartment with a higher health status compared to the horses outside this sub-population.
To find out more about the FEI, OIE and IFHA Public-Private Partnership to promote the international movements of competition horses, click here.
Preparing to Move Your Horse
Requirements for testing and/or quarantine may vary between countries. It is therefore essential to:
|Updates from the FEI Veterinary Department|
|Advice on the transport of FEI horses within Europe|