The Veterinary department of the
Federation has an active and varied role to play in
the growth and welfare of the equine sporting industry.
The activities of the Veterinary department include
veterinary coverage during all sporting events both
within the UAE and whenever called for in overseas
centers. This includes Endurance, Show Jumping,
Dressage and Racing.
all registered horses with proper documents.
jointly with the UAE Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries as members of the Higher Technical Committee
to evolve guidelines to protect and raise the level
of equine health in the country.
guidance and advice to all its members to ensure
optimum health status of horses in the country.
assistance to all members in educating them on the
modalities of import and export of horses.
study and research in various aspects of equine
sports in order to ensure optimum equine health
Providing veterinary coverage
during all sporting events both within the UAE and
whenever called for at overseas centers.
A number of equine sporting disciplines
are popular in the UAE. Veterinary officials deputed
by the Federation are always available to provide
all necessary assistance.
Most of our endurance rides are
held in three major villages specially constructed
for this sport with well-equipped clinics. During
all events, these clinics are manned by experienced
During the ride, the Veterinary Commission
will advise the person responsible to present the
horse to the clinic if required for suitable treatment.
Horses requiring major treatment and hospitalization
are referred to the Equine Hospital.
The Show jumping competitions are
held at various Equestrian Centers.
MEDICATION CONTROL PROGRAMME
During all our events, it is ensured that at least
five per cent of participating horses in Endurance
rides and International Show Jumping Competitions
are subjected for Medication Control Program. Both
the Urine & Blood are collected as per procedure laid
down by the FEI. The samples collected are then sent
to the Central laboratory approved by the FEI.
VACCINATION IDENTITY DOCUMENT
This is an Identity document approved by the UAE
National Federation. It contains all the relevant
information of a horse including its diagram, age,
color, sex and Equine Influenza vaccination details.
For rides of CEI.3* and above all horses must be
presented for veterinary inspection with an original
FEI Passport /FEI approved National Passport along
with FEI Recognition Card with up to-date equine
influenza vaccination record.
For rides of CEI.2* and CEI.1* FEI passport is not
required if competing in their country of residence.
Horses can be presented with an FEI approved passport
or a duly authenticated UAE Equestrian and Racing
Federation Vaccination Identity Document with
up-to–date influenza vaccination record.
Horses can be presented for all National Competition
Rides & Federation Qualification Rides with an
approved passport or a duly authenticated UAE
Equestrian and Racing Federation Vaccination Identity
Document with up-to–date influenza vaccination record.
Procedure to obtain an FEI Passport
for a horse:
An Application requesting for an FEI Passport must
be made to the National Federation along with the
copy of any one of the following supporting
• A copy of the Import Health Certificate
• A Copy of any previous identity document – UAE
National Passport/or other national passport/Breed
• If the horse is imported recently, a copy of the
sale deed/import health certificate with ownership
details/a transfer of ownership letter from previous
owner, if different from the import documents.
• If the horse is above 4 yrs of age and doesn’t
have any previous identity document, a declaration
which is available at the Federation must be signed.
• A fee of AED 600/- must be paid if the owner is
not an account holder with the Emirates Equestrian
• Once the NF is satisfied with the necessary
documents, it will issue a blank document after
entering the name of the horse, date of expiry and
• Once the owner/stable concerned obtains the
passport, necessary arrangement have to be made with
one of the NF approved veterinarians (list enclosed)
to fill in the identification markings and
• Then the owner or his authorized person must sign
in the page 10 in the appropriate column and return
the passport to the National Federation for
• The NF after ascertaining that the documentation
is complete will stamp and authenticate the
passport. Please note the Passport is an invalid
document without the stamp and signature of the
Secretary General and may be refused to identity the
horse in any event.
The Passport will not be authenticated at the ride
site/show jumping arena.
The application for an FEI passport must be complete
along with the necessary supporting documents.
Incomplete applications will delay the issue of
Minimum time required to issue a new FEI passport is
2 working days.
On receipt of the passport make sure that it is
being filled in by an approved veterinarian and
returned to the Federation without any delay.
Minimum time required for authenticating a passport
is 3 days. Hence the horse passport must be
submitted for endorsement at least three days before
The signature of the New Owner in the passport is a
must while endorsing the document.
For Transfer of Ownership, the new owner must submit
the Transfer of Ownership application form and also
must sign in the Passport before submitting for
On receipt of the passport by the owner,
- The owner's signature must be affixed in the
- The diagram & the description page must be completed
with all distinguishing marks/whorls described satisfactorily
by the National Federation approved veterinarian.
- The Equine Influenza vaccination details must
be entered and endorsed by the veterinarian.
The schedule for Equine Influenza
vaccination as laid down by the Federation Equestre
Internationale in Annexe VII of their Veterinary Regulations
2006 is as follows;
1. Primary course of vaccination: Two doses of vaccine
have to be administered between a minimum of 21 days
to a maximum of 92 days apart. 2. The first booster
vaccination must be given no more than 6 months +
21 days after the second vaccination of the primary
course. A shorter interval is obviously permitted.
3. Booster vaccination: Booster vaccinations must
be given at every 6 months intervals. However, to
avoid the interruption of the horses' competition
schedule, it is permissible to extend the 6 months
booster date by a maximum of 21days.
4. None of these injections may be given within seven
days of any sporting event. In calculating the days,
the day of injection is excluded
In the event of any disruption in
the afore-mentioned vaccination schedule, the vaccination
has to be restarted from two primary vaccinations.
Please note that if the horses are not vaccinated
as per the rules, the FEI will impose a fine and may
even remove the horse from the site. For the further
details on the penalty imposed, please refer the following
Guidelines for Equine Influenza
EQUINE INFLUENZA VACCINATION
From 1 January 2005 onwards, influenza vaccination for
all horses competing in FEI competitions requires a
vaccination within six months + 21 days of the
1. All horses intending to participate in FEI
competition must have at least received an initial
primary course of two vaccinations, given between 21
and 92 days apart. Thereafter, a third dose (referred
to as the first booster) must be given within 6 months
+ 21 days after the date of administration of the
second primary dose, with at least annual boosters
given subsequently (i.e. within one year of the last
2. If the horse is scheduled to take part in an FEI
competition, the last booster must have been given
within 6 months + 21 days of arrival at the FEI event.
(The 21‐day window has been provided to enable
vaccination requirements to fit in with the
3. No vaccination shall be given within 7 days of the
day of arrival at the FEI event.
4. All horses that were certified as correctly
vaccinated under the previous FEI equine influenza
vaccination rule prior to 1st January 2005, do not
need to start a primary course again provided that
they have complied with the previous rule of primary
course and annual re-vaccinations and the new rule of
a booster vaccination within 6 months + 21 days of the
day of arrival at the FEI event.
Vaccines, Administration and Certification
• All proprietary equine influenza vaccines are
acceptable to the FEI irrespective of the route of
• All vaccines must be administered by a Veterinarian.
• The vaccination should be administered according to
the manufacturer’s instructions, (i.e. intramuscular
injection or intranasal).
• The details of the vaccine, serial/batch number, the
date and route of administration must be recorded in
the FEI passport.
• Where vaccination details are to be entered into new
FEI passports/recognition cards or duplicates, if the
vaccination history of the horse is very long, the
Veterinarian who completes the descriptive page of the
passport/recognition card may use a specific statement
to certify that the vaccinations have been
administered in accordance with FEI regulations (for
the extract of the wording see Veterinary Regulations,
As from 1 January 2006 a system of fines is being
imposed by the Appeal Committee/Ground Jury for
failure to comply with 6‐month booster vaccination
prior to event arrival.
o Less than one week after the 3-week vaccination
window: CHF 200
o Less than two weeks after the 3-week vaccination
window: CHF 300
o Less than four weeks after the 3-week vaccination
window: CHF 400
o More than four weeks after the 3-week vaccination
window: CHF 500, and
cancellation of the horse’s participation in the
• If there is no evidence of any current vaccination
in passport: or if the period at any stage is more
than 12 months a maximum penalty of CHF 500 can be
imposed. The horse should not be allowed to compete.
It must be put in isolation and sent away from the
event as soon as possible.
• Provided the current passport contains a statement
that the vaccination history of the horse has been
checked and found to be correct (for exact wording see
VR, Annex XII.I.11), the lack of information available
on the primary vaccination course need not lead to a
penalty, and a repeat primary course is not required.
For horses starting vaccinations after 1st January
2005, when the first booster has not been given (6
months +/- 21 days after the second injection of the
primary course), the horse should receive a new
primary course followed by a booster vaccination 6
months (+/- 21 days) later. A warning should be
written down in the passport. The horse may compete
providing that it complies with the rules in every
• Any infringements of vaccination dates should be
noted on the vaccination page in the passport so that
it is not reported again at a future event. Please
write in CAPITAL letters; remember that others will be
dependent on the information that you have written in
the passport. If possible, add a copy of the
vaccination page with the infringement to your Vet
Report to the FEI.
After completing the description and the diagram,
it should be returned to the Federation for validation.
FEI Passport Re-validation:
FEI Passports are valid for 4 years. So they must
be re-validated every four years. On submission and
payment of the re-validation fee, the Federation will
affix the re-validation sticker and stamp, which will
there-by extend the validity of the passport by a
further four years.
I. COMPLETION OF PASSPORTS
1. A passport, which must be extended every four
years, must remain with the horsethroughout its life
and must accompany it at all times.
2. National Federations are responsible for issuing
FEI passports and must transmit the following
information to the FEI before they receive the FEI
2.1 original horse name, and/or current horse name
2.2 UELN and/or MICROCHIP number;
2.3 sex, colour and date of birth of the horse;
2.4 name, nationality and address of the owner(s);
2.5 copy of the description/diagram;
2.6 studbook or breed or country of birth
3. National Federations are also responsible to
transmit the following changes without delay:
3.1 change of the National Federation administering;
3.2 change of owner and nationality;
3.3 change of name of the horse or the addition of a
second (commercial) name;
3.4 changes in the description and diagram page, (e.g.
4. The horse must be present when the description and
the marking of the diagram in the passport is
completed. Only veterinarians approved by the National
Federations are authorized to complete this page and
the description must be in accordance with the FEI
booklet on Identification of Horses.
5. The National Federation is required to enter name
and address of owner(s) of the horse and the owner
must sign the passport where specified. (Please refer
GR Art. 139). National Federations should also be
aware of European Commission or other national or
international legislation relating to identification
6. National Federations must inform owners that they
are responsible for any special entries required to be
made, such as recording the full equine influenza
vaccination history of the horse (see point 11) in
accordance with the ruling currently in force. The
vaccination history entered in the passport must be
dated, stamped and signed by the veterinarian who
vaccinated the horse.
7. The passport completed by the National Federation
approved veterinarian must be returned to the National
Federation to be checked, authenticated by the
signature of an official of the National Federation
and the National Federation official stamp and be
recorded by National Federation.
8. For passports and recognition cards, National
Federations are obliged to make two copies of the
description diagram, retain one and send the second
copy to the FEI for registration and record purposes.
EXTRACTS FROM GENERAL REGULATIONS
Article 137 - HORSE PASSPORTS
1. Every Horse entered for any Competition at CNs or
CIMs (see Appendix E) in a foreign country (see GRs
139.2), and all Horses entered for other CIs, CIOs,
FEI Championships, Regional, Olympic Games and
Paralympic Games, whether at home or in foreign
countries (see GRs 141.2), must have an official,
valid FEI Passport, or a National Passport approved by
the FEI and accompanied by an FEI Recognition Card
and, when applicable, must be registered with the FEI,
as a means of identification and to establish
2. Horses taking part in CNs and CIMs, 1* (see
Appendix E) in their country of residence are not
required to have such a passport as is mentioned in
paragraph 1. All such Horses must be properly
registered and identifiable and, unless there is no
national requirement for equine influenza vaccination
in the host country and in the country of origin all
Horses must have a valid vaccination certificate.
3. All FEI and/or National Passports must include the
full name, address and signature of the Owner as
registered by the NF. The description of the Horse and
the diagram must be accurately completed, and the FEI
and/or National Passport must include a record of all
vaccinations and medication control tests. Whenever
the name of a Horse with an FEI and/or National
Passport is changed, or any pertinent changes are made
to an FEI and/or National Passport, the NF must notify
4. NFs are responsible for issuing FEI Passports and
FEI Recognition Card for all Horses required to have
them and for ensuring that the FEI and/or National
Passports are correctly completed, as specified in the
Veterinary Regulations, prior to being authenticated
by the stamp of the NF and the signature of an
Official of the NF. NFs must provide the
identification page to the FEI for registration. The
Person Responsible for a Horse at an Event is
responsible for the accuracy of the FEI and/or
National Passport and for presenting it at
the Passport Control, except for Events with borrowed
Horses (Art.111) where it is the responsibility of the
5. A Horse may only have one FEI Passport or one
National Passport with an FEI Recognition Card as per
paragraph 1 of this Article and one permanent FEI
number. If an NF is satisfied that an FEI and/or
National Passport has been lost or if any section of
the FEI and/or National Passport is full, it may issue
an FEI and/or National Passport clearly marked
"duplicate" and bearing the same number as the
original FEI Passport. The issue of a duplicate FEI
and/or National Passport must be reported to the FEI
6. OCs must arrange for each Horse to be positively
identified at the Passport Control during the
examination on arrival, in accordance with the VRs.
Any case of misleading or inaccurate information in an
FEI and/or National Passport, or if the Horse cannot
be positively identified, must be reported to the
President of the Appeal Committee, who must report the
case to the Secretary General, giving the number of
the FEI and/or National Passport with the FEI
Recognation Card and the name of the Horse.
7. If any Horse arrives at a CI, CIO, FEI
Championship, Regional Games or Olympic Games without
an FEI and/or National Passport with an FEI
Recognition Card, or if its FEI or National Passport
is inaccurate, it must not be allowed to compete
unless the Appeal Committee (or the Ground Jury if
there is no Appeal Committee) gives its Approval. Only
in exceptional circumstances may a Horse without an
FEI or National Passport or without an FEI Recognition
Card be allowed to compete.
8. All Horses taking part in FEI Events must be
registered with the FEI.
Article 138 - NAMES OF HORSES
1. In principle, the first registered name of a Horse
entered in the passport shall be the original name
under which it was originally registered by its NF,
and this name must remain permanently in the passport.
2. The first registered name may not be the name of a
commercial company or product. If this name is
considered to be the name of a commercial company or
product, a new first registered name must be entered
and remain permanently in the passport.
3. A commercial prefix/suffix may be added to the name
mentioned in paragraphs 1 and 2 above, and must be
entered in the passport. However, at Regional and
Olympic Games under the patronage of the IOC, such
prefix/suffix cannot appear in a programme or be used
in any other way.
4. If a new first name shall be used and entered in
the passport and/or the commercial prefix/suffix be
changed, the Horse must carry the new name and/or the
new prefix/suffix for the next 12 months as follows:
new name and/or new prefix/suffix ex previous
name/prefix/ suffix (see VRs).
Article 139 - OWNERS AND LESSEES OF HORSES
1. NFs must keep a register of the Owners and lessees
of Horses with official passports. Changes of Owners
and records of Leasing Agreements must be entered in
the FEI and/or National Passport and authenticated by
the stamp and signature of an official of the NF.
2. The nationality of a Horse is that of its Owner or
of the lessee, where a lease is current, or of the
country in which the company owning or leasing it is
registered. A company may, however, own a Horse in
partnership with an individual, see paragraph 3.
3. When one or more Horses belong to a partnership of
Owners of different nationalities, the Owners must
declare to the FEI, before making the first entry, the
nationality under which the Horse or Horses will
compete and that nationality must be entered in the
FEI and/or National passport. The Horses must retain
that nationality until the partnership is dissolved or
the Horses are sold. Any consequent change of
nationality must be reported to the FEI.
4. Horses entered for the Olympic Games must be the
property of Owners of the same nationality as the
Athlete by 31st December of the year preceding the
Games (see Olympic Regulations).
5. Athletes may take part in all Competitions except
Olympic Games with Horses
belonging to Owners of a different nationality (see
also Art. 118 ‐ Person Responsible).
9.1. Residents abroad and whose horses are kept in
their country of residence must apply to the National
Federation of their country of residence for
passports, in accordance with the procedure laid down
in this section. The National Federation of the
owner's country of residence must inform the owner's
home National Federation of such action.
9.2. Owners living in their own country and whose
horses are kept in a foreign country must apply to the
National Federation of the country where the horses
are kept for the issue of a passport or the validation
of a national passport with recognition card.
10. The passport should be held by the Person
Responsible or the person accompanying the horse, but
it must be returned to the National Federation for
endorsement in the following cases:
11. Vaccination history: The horse’s vaccination
history has to be checked by an approved National
Federation’s veterinarian and, if correct, the
following statement may be used:
"The vaccination history of this horse is correct to
date. Last vaccination on ... (enter date)" in the
cases mentioned bellow:
• Newly issued passports
The veterinarian authenticating such a statement has
to be the same who filled in the description and
II. NATIONAL PASSPORTS
1. National Federations or National Equestrian
Authorities that issue their own passports may apply
to the FEI to have their passports approved for use
instead of the FEI Passport.
The names of countries for which National Passports
have been approved will be published in the FEI
2. The completion of approved National Passports must
be in accordance with the procedure as laid down in
section I. (see FEI booklet Identification of Horses,
3. Following approval, National Passports become
International with the addition of an FEI plastic
cover and recognition card. Only with such a cover and
valid recognition card may a horse compete
4. At least the sex and colour of the horse must be
completed in one of the official FEI languages; it is
strongly recommended that for the description of the
horse the English language is used.
III. CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP AND NATIONALITY
When a horse is sold to an owner of another
nationality, the new owner must send the passport to
his National Federation for registration and recording
as required in section I.
The new National Federation is responsible for
informing the FEI, and the original National
Federation, of the change of ownership and
IV. CHANGE OF NAME
1. When the name of a horse is changed, the owner must
send the passport to his/her National Federation for
recording. The National Federation is responsible for
registering the change of name which must be stated in
the FEI passport.
2. The Original Name of the horse entered in its
passport is the name under which it is first
registered with its Studbook National Federation. If
the horse's name has been changed before it receives
an FEI or FEI Approved Passport, the Original Name
must be entered first and must be retained as the
Original Name throughout the life of the horse. The
name must have three letters at least.
V. ISSUE OF DUPLICATE PASSPORT
1. If a passport is lost or irreparably damaged, or if
some or all pages are fully completed, a passport
marked duplicate may be issued by the National
Federation following the procedure in section I (see
FEI booklet Identification of Horses 5th edition). The
period of validity of the duplicate passport will be
for the remaining period of validity of the original
passport. The horse retains the same passport number
that must be entered by the National Federation in the
2. If the original passport is found, both passports
must be returned to the appropriate National
Federation. The original passport will be
re‐registered and returned to the owner.
The duplicate passport is to be destroyed and the FEI
VI. EXTENSION OF HORSE PASSPORTS
1. Horse/pony passports are valid for four years after
which period they require a
revalidation sticker affixed to the front page.
Revalidation stickers must indicate the passport
number and the expiry date of the sticker.
2. National Federations must order revalidation
stickers from the FEI.
3. The validity of the revalidation sticker must be
4. National Federations should make every effort to
ensure that Persons Responsible obtain revalidation
stickers from their National Federations in due time
before their horses compete.
5. The control of revalidation stickers is part of
Passport Control conducted by the Veterinary
Commission/Delegate at all international events.
6. If a passport does not contain the relevant
revalidation sticker the Veterinary
Commission/Delegate will instruct the Person
Responsible to purchase a revalidation sticker within
the succeeding 30 days. This fact will be recorded in
the passport and also in the Veterinary Report. The
horse will be allowed to compete during this period
However, under no circumstances will it be permitted
to do so following the expiration of the 30 days
unless the passport has been correctly extended in the
Change of Ownership:
Any change in the ownership of the horse with a passport
must be duly recorded with the Federation. A letter
confirming the sale issued by the erstwhile owner/
the application for transfer of ownership (available
with the Federation & website) must accompany the
passport for updating our records. The necessary endorsement
would be done in the passport and returned to the
Change of horse Name:
If an owner wishes to change the name of his horse,
the passport must be submitted to the Federation with
an application form for Change of horse name (available
with the Federation & website).
Duplicate passports are issued only in the following
- all sections in the passport are completely filled:
- passport is damaged or
- Passport is lost.
In such an event, a letter requesting
for a duplicate passport must be submitted by the
owner (together with a copy of the passport). On receipt
of this letter, together with the necessary payment,
a duplicate blank passport (which will bear the same
number as that of the original) will be issued for
completion. The same procedure as mentioned under
'passport completion' will have to be followed.
Change of nationality:
The nationality of the horse is always that of the
owner. In case of joint ownership where the joint
owners are of different nationalities, they must arrive
at a decision to declare the nationality of the horse.
The nationality of the horse in such cases will be
that of one of the joint-owners.
Article 118 - PERSONS
1. The Person Responsible for a Horse has legal
responsibility for that Horse, including
responsibility under the GRs and the VRs and unless
otherwise stated is liable under the Legal System
2. It is the obligation of the Person Responsible and
of every other person subject to the Statutes, GRs and
Sport Rules to know the Statutes, GRs and relevant
Sport Rules, and lack of such knowledge does not
relieve these persons from liabilities under the
Statutes, GRs and Sport Rules.
3. The Person Responsible shall be the Athlete who
rides or drives the Horse during an Event, but the
Owner and other support personnel including but not
limited to grooms and veterinarians may be regarded as
additional Persons Responsible if they are present at
the Event or have made a relevant Decision about the
Horse. In vaulting, the lunger shall be an additional
4. Athlete under 18 years of age:
4.1 . If the Athlete is under 18 years of age when the
entry is submitted, the NF or Chef d’Equipe must
nominate a representative for the Athlete.
4.2 . The representative may be a parent of the
Athlete, the Chef d'Equipe, the team coach, the team
veterinarian, the Owner or some other responsible
adult and shall be communicated to the OC and the NF
with the entry.
4.3 . If the NF and Chef d’Equipe fail to nominate the
representative, either parent of the Athlete may be
considered as the representative.
4.4 . The minor Athlete shall remain the Person
4.5 . The representative may represent the minor
Person Responsible in all dealings with the OC, the
NFs and the FEI Officials, including, but not limited
to, witnessing the medication process.
4.6 . When the representative is from another NF than
the Person Responsible’s, all communications shall
take place through the Person Responsible’s NF.
5. The Person Responsible, together with the Chef
d’Equipe if present, is responsible for the condition,
fitness and management and for declaring or scratching
of each and every Horse under his jurisdiction.
6. The Person Responsible is responsible for any act
performed in the stables to any Horse under his
jurisdiction, by himself or by any other person with
access to the Horse, and is responsible while riding,
driving or exercising any Horse under his
jurisdiction. The Person Responsible is not relieved
from such responsibility as a result of the lack or
insufficiency of stable security.
7. If, for any reason, the Person Responsible is
unable or is prevented from caring for the Horses
under his jurisdiction he must immediately notify the
Secretary of the OC and the Veterinary Commission.
Article 142 - ABUSE OF HORSES
1. No person may abuse a Horse during an Event or at
any other time.
2. Any person witnessing an Abuse must report it in
the form of a protest (Art 163) without delay. If an
Abuse is witnessed during or in direct connection with
an Event, it should be reported as a protest (Art 163)
to an Official. If the Abuse is witnessed at any other
time it should be reported as a protest (Art 163) to
the Secretary General for referral to the FEI
Article 155 – STEWARDS
1. OCs of all International Events must appoint a
Chief Steward and an appropriate number of Stewards
under the authority of the Chief Steward, wearing
distinctive identification such as badges, arm bands,
bibs, etc, with complete freedom of access to all
areas mentioned in paragraph 3 below.
2. OCs are responsible for all administrative matters
relating to the Appointment of the Chief Steward and
3. During the whole Event in every part of the
stables, in exercise and schooling areas, collecting
rings and all other areas under control of the OC, the
Chief Steward and the Stewards officiating with him at
the Event shall:
(i) assist the Athletes in conducting reasonable
(ii) intervene in time in order to prevent any abuse
of Horse by riders, grooms, owners or any other
(iii) intervene in order to prevent any contravention
of the Statutes, GRs or Sport Rules or of the common
principles of behaviour, fairness and accepted
standards of sportsmanship;
(iv) be familiar and assist with doping and medication
4. One Steward must be on duty at the collecting ring
whenever it is in use.
5. Any irregularities must be reported immediately by
the Chief Steward to the President of the Ground Jury.
6. The Chief Steward is required to send a report to
the Secretary General on the
stewarding of the Event as a whole and on any incident
which occurs during that Event. A copy of the report
must be given to the Technical Delegate and to the OC
of the Event.
7. The Chief Steward must be a person experienced in
equestrian sports, particularly in the Discipline of
the Event where he is appointed to officiate. He must
speak at least one official language of the FEI. The
name of the appointed Chief Steward must be published
in the schedule and in the programme of the Event.
8. The FEI maintains a list of all qualified FEI
Stewards who have been recommended by their NFs and
accepted by the relevant Technical Committee. The
Chief Stewards must be selected from the appropriate
list of FEI Stewards.
9. The qualifications for an FEI Steward are specified
in the Sport Rules of each Discipline or in the FEI
10. The NFs must appoint a Steward General in order to
maintain communication with the FEI on stewarding
matters. The FEI maintains a list of all Stewards
11. The Steward General must:
(i) attend an FEI seminar for Steward Generals;
(ii) direct and control the stewarding of all
International Events organised in his country.
12. Stewards are Event Officials
Working jointly with the UAE
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as members of
the Higher Technical Committee to evolve guidelines
to protect and raise the level of equine health in
The Secretary General and the Veterinary
Officer of the Federation are members of the Higher
Technical Committee operating under the auspices of
the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Matters
relating to equine health status are dealt with and
guidelines are formulated. These guidelines, among
other issues, determine the scope of movement of horses
to and from the UAE and quarantine regulations.
Offering guidance and advice to
all its members to ensure optimum health status of
horses in the country.
The UAE has been declared a disease-free
zone. Every effort is being taken by the Ministry
of Agriculture and Fisheries, Government of UAE, to
maintain this optimum state of equine health in the
country. The Federation on its part also imparts advice
to its members to take all possible care of their
horses. From time to time, circulars and bulletins
are being sent to all members and stables advising
on the need to vaccinate their horses to avoid spread
Offering assistance to all members
in import and export of horses in educating them on
the modalities of.
Many of our members import horses
from various overseas centers. Similarly horses from
the UAE are also exported to overseas centers. Such
shipments could be for participating in sporting events
or otherwise. We offer guidance to all on the modalities
and requirements for such import and export shipments.
The Department of Animal Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture
and Fisheries is the best source for up-to-date rules
BEST CONDITIONED HORSE COMPETITION
The Best conditioned horse competition is organized
for the first 10 horses to cross the finish line within
1 hour from the first finisher. Among those, if any
one of them is eliminated at the final vet gate by
the veterinary commission or if the heart rate doesn't
come down to the stipulated parameter, that particular
horse will be automatically disqualified from entering
into the Best Condition competition.
The Panel of FEI Judges consists
of veterinarians and members of Ground Jury evaluate
the horses based on the following parameters.
A. Metabolic assessment
I. Recovery Rate- The time taken by the
rider to present his horse at each vet gate after
arrival is recorded in the Vet Card. The average
of this presentation time( vet In time) is calculated
and awarded points from the table printed in the
II. Heart rate (Cardiac recovery Index score)- The
difference between pre and post heart rate at each
vet gate is recorded in the Vet Card. The average
is calculated and awarded points from the table
printed in the BC form.
III. Hydration- The following four parameters are
checked during the BC competition-
a. Skin-testing (in terms of seconds)
b. Capillary refill (in terms of seconds)
c. Mucus membrane (in terms of grading- A, B, C
d. Gut sounds (in terms of grading- A, B, C & D)
Points are accordingly awarded and
the average is derived.
B. Lesions and Soundness
I. Lesions - The following three parameters
are checked during the BC competition -
a. Girth, saddle, tack
Points are awarded depending on absence
of lesions, presence of mild lesions, moderate lesions.
Severe lesions would result in the elimination of
C. Quality of Movement
I. Attitude - Points are awarded by the
panel of judges depending on their reading of the
horse's general appearance, brightness and demeanor.
II. Action - Points are awarded by the panel of
judges depending on their reading of the horse's
willingness to trot, impulsion and rhythm.
The average of the two (I and II)
is calculated and awarded to the horse.
D. Finish Time Bonus
The top Finisher is awarded a maximum of 10 points.
The remaining contenders are awarded points based
on time of finish behind the winner using computer
programmed formula. The contenders are then ranked
depending on the total points scored.