International Federation for Equestrian Sports

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International Federation for Equestrian Sports
Sport Equestrian
Jurisdiction International
Founded 1921
Affiliation International Olympic Committee, ASOIF
Affiliation date 1921, 1983
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
President HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein
Chief Exec Ingmar De Vos
Official website

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (French: Fédération Équestre Internationale; FEI) is the international governing body of equestrian sports.

The FEI headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. An FEI code of conduct[1] protects the welfare of the horses from physical abuse or doping.


The FEI recognizes seven disciplines under global governance in both regular and para-equestrianism competition:

The following two disciplines are under regional governance:

The FEI does not govern or provide rules for horse racing or polo, but in the latter case, it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federation of International Polo.


Olympic and Paralympic Games[edit]

Jumping, Dressage and Eventing have part of the Olympics since 1912. Para-Equestrian Dressage has been part of the Paralympic games since 1996.

FEI World Equestrian Games[edit]

The FEI has organized the FEI World Equestrian Games every four years since 1990. The idea of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) came into being in the mid-1980s and was strongly supported by HRH Prince Philip, who was then FEI President.

The WEG encompasses the World Championship titles in all the FEI global disciplines.[10]

World Cup[edit]

The FEI World Cup is an indoor series and takes place throughout the world with qualifying leagues leading to a final in each of the disciplines. The FEI World Cup series began with Show jumping in 1978 and has since been extended to the disciplines of Dressage, Driving and Vaulting. Main events include:

World, continental and regional championships[edit]

FEI World, Continental and Regional Championhsips are held in all the FEI disciplines and age categories. Events include:

  • World Eventing Championships for Young Horses
  • FEI World Driving Championships for Four-in-Hand
  • FEI World Driving Championships for Singles
  • FEI World Endurance Championships for Seniors
  • FEI World Vaulting Championships for Seniors
  • FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships



The FEI was formed in 1921 with the joining of the national organizations of Belgium (BEL), Denmark (DEN), France (FRA), Italy (ITA), Japan (JPN), Norway (NOR), Sweden (SWE) and the United States of America (USA). Today, there are 132 National Equestrian Federations affiliated with the FEI.[11]


There have been 12 different presidents of the organization, serving 13 individual terms. Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford is the only individual to have served twice.[12]

# President Nation Term
1 Baron du Teil France 1921–1927
2 General Gerrit Johannes Maris Netherlands 1927–1929
3 Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford Netherlands 1929–1931
4 General Guy V. Henry USA 1931–1935
5 Baron Max Von Holzing-Bertstett Germany 1935–1936
6 Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford Netherlands 1936–1939
7 Magnus Rydman Finland 1939–1946
8 Baron Gaston de Trannoy Belgium 1946–1954
9 Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld Netherlands 1954–1964
10 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh UK 1964–1986
11 Anne, Princess Royal UK 1986–1994
12 Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz Spain 1994–2006
13 Princess Haya bint Al Hussein Jordan 2006–


  1. ^ The FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse[dead link]
  2. ^ "Disciplines - Dressage - About Dressage". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Disciplines - Driving - About Driving". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Disciplines - Driving - About Para Equestrian Driving". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Disciplines - Endurance - About Endurance". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Disciplines - Eventing - About Eventing". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Disciplines - Reining". 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Disciplines - Jumping - About Jumping". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Disciplines - Vaulting - About Vaulting". Retrieved 2013-04-09. [dead link]
  10. ^ "FEI Championships". FEI. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "FEI Members". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  12. ^ Prior to the election of the current president, HRH Princess Haya of Jordan, the constitution was changed so that no president could serve more than two terms. Successive FEI Presidents[dead link]

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