2020 Horse and Athlete ELIGIBILITY AND NOVICE QUALIFICATIONS

ELIGIBILITY

826.  MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ATHLETES AND TRAINERS
A person may participate as an Athlete in an Endurance Event from 1 January in the year when he reaches the age of 14.
To be registered with the FEI as the Trainer of a Horse, the Trainer must be 18 years old or older.

827.  MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR HORSES
The minimum age requirements for Horses are set out below:

LEVEL OF EVENT           REQUIRED AGE

Novice                                      5 years

1*                                              6 years

2*                                              7 years

3*                                              8 years

Championships                        Horse must be at least one year older than the minimum age requirement that applies to a CEI of the same star level as the Championship. (For example, to participate in a 2* Championship, the Horse must be 8 years old or older 3* 9 years or older)

828.  REGISTRATION
To participate in Competitions, all Athletes, Horses, and Trainers must be registered with the FEI and the applicable registration fees must have been paid to the FEI, in accordance with the FEI General Regulations.  When Endurance Horses are registered with the FEI, the name of the Trainer for that Horse must also be registered and a registration fee paid (except that if the registered Trainer is also a registered Athlete, no additional Trainer registration fee will be charged).

Any change in the Trainer of the Horse must be notified to the FEI without delay. If the registered Trainer of a Horse changes, the Horse may not participate in any Competition for a period of 30 days, starting from the date of notification of the change to the FEI.

832.  NOVICE QUALIFICATIONS

Subject to Article 832.4, all Horses and Athletes must have successfully completed their novice qualifications to be eligible to advance through the CEI star level qualification process.  Novice qualifications must be administered by each National Federation. The novice qualification eligibility form must be filled in on the FEI online platform prior to the relevant National Federation making the first FEI entry for the Athlete or Horse.

Novice qualification procedure: Horses and Athletes must have successfully completed (not necessarily as a Combination) two novice rides of 40-79 km (in one day) and two novice rides of 80-100 km each restricted to a speed of no more than 16 km/hour (calculated in accordance with Article 838.2). The required 80-100 km rides may be completed either as (i) two single-day events, or (ii) one single-day event and one multi-day event (for the multi-day event, 40-50km must be completed per day for two consecutive days at the same Competition). All qualifying novice rides must be completed within a two-year period.

Exemptions from novice qualification requirements: 

A National Federation may ask the FEI to exempt an Athlete or Horse from the novice qualifications if they meet the conditions in Articles 832.4.2 (Horse) or 832.4.3 (Athlete).   The Horse will be granted an exemption from the novice qualifications if (i) it is eight years or older at the time of the request, and (ii) in the three years prior to the request it has successfully completed a cumulative minimum of 480 km in Competitions over distances of 80 km, including at least one competition of 80km or more at the age of eight or older.   The Athlete will be granted an exemption from the novice qualifications if he has successfully completed a cumulative minimum of 480 km in Competitions over 80 km or more in the three years prior to the request.