CHAPTER IV: ELIGIBILITY
826. MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ATHLETES AND TRAINERS
826.1 A person may participate as an Athlete in an Endurance Event from 1 January in the year
when this person reaches the age of 14.
826.2 To be registered with the FEI as the Trainer of a Horse, the Trainer must be 18 years old
827. MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR HORSES
827.1 The minimum age requirements for Horses are set out below:
Level of Event
Novice CEI 1* CEI 2* CEI 3*
CEIOs and Championships (other than Young Horse Championships, see Article 827.2)
Required minimum age
5 years old
6 years old
7 years old
8 years old
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)
827.2 Horses must be eight years old to participate in the Young Horse Championships. (For the
avoidance of doubt, eight years is a required age, not a minimum age).
827.3 A Horse is deemed to have its birthday on 1 January in the year that it was born.
827.4 The age of the Horse is determined as of the date of the Event for which eligibility to
participate is sought, and must be confirmed either through reliable registrations or
written veterinary opinion, which may be recorded in the Horse’s Passport.
828.1 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.
828.2 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).
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828.3 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.
829. PREGNANT MARES
A mare in advanced pregnancy, meaning over 120 days, or with foal at foot, may r participate) in
832. NOVICE QUALIFICATIONS
832.1 Subject to Article 832.4, all Horses and Athletes must have successfuly completed
their novice qualifications to be eligible to advance through the CEI star level qualification
832.2 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.
832.3 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.
832.4 Exemptions from novice qualification requirements:
832.4.1 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).
832.4.2 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.
832.4.3 The Athlete will be granted an exemption from the novice qualifications if the Athlete has successfully completed a cumulative minimum of 480 km in Competitions over 80 km or more in the prior to the request.
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.