In order to compete at an FEI championship championships, the YR must have successfully completed three FEI 120 km (75 mile) 2* events or higher rides, one of which must be at COC speed of 14 kph (ride time of 8:33 if the course is 120 km) with the horse they plan to compete on at the championship. You must be a current USEF member ($84) and the year is from December 1 – November 30. The FEI year is the calendar year and runs from January 1 – December 31. The FEI Registration is free for riders age 17 and under as of January 1 and is $15 for anyone 18 years old or older. You apply for your FEI Registration and USEF Member numbers through USEF at www.usef.org and login to your account.
Currently, the horse must be 8 years old to compete in an FEI championship. Additionally, horses must have successfully completed at least two 2* events or higher, of which one must be no less than 14 kph and the same or higher distance of the Championship. Horses being competed at the 3* level or higher are required to have an FEI Passport. This requires that the horse have a lifetime recording with USEF ($200), a current FEI Horse Registration, and be have a microchip. Horses competing at 1* and 2* events must now have a national passport unless they started FEI events before this requirement. Some horses may still compete on log sheets. The FEI and national Passport and microchip are used for identification and to document your horse’s vaccination records. Details may be found on the USEF website (www.usef.org).
Article 815 – ELIGIBILITY 815.1 Any person from the year in which he/she reaches his/her 14th birthday and who is duly authorised by his/her National Federation is eligible to take part in all Endurance Rides (CEIs, CEIOs and Championships – Senior and Junior/Young Rider). 815.2 Horses: 815.2.1 Horses must be at least 5 years old to qualify as novices. 815.2.2 For CEIs 1-Star through 2-Star Competitions Horses must be at least 6 years old to participate. 815.2.3 For 3-Star Competitions Horses must be at least 7 years old to participate. 815.2.4 For 4-Star, CEIOs and Championships (excluding Young Horse Championships where the minimum age must be 7 years) Horses must be at least 8 years of age. 815.2.5 Mares obviously in advanced pregnancies, meaning over 120 days, or with foal at foot cannot be entered in any CEI Event. 815.2.6 All ages are 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 within Passports. Horses are deemed to have their birthday on the 1st January. 2019 ENDURANCE RULES CHAPTER II DEFINITION OF ENDURANCE EVENTS 19 815.3 Mandatory Rest for Horses (refer to Notes for Guidance):
815.3.1 After competing in a CEI or National Events, a Horse must be given a mandatory minimum rest period, as defined, before it is again eligible to participate in a National or FEI Competition:
Distance completed 0 – 46 km 5 days
Over 46 – 86 km 12 days Over 86 – 126 km 19 days
Over 126 km -146 km 26 days
Over 146 Km 33 days
Extended rest periods will apply if a horse has Failed to Qualify following immediate invasive treatment or for irregular gait reasons (see articles 815.3.2 and 815.3.3). The total rest period commences at Midnight at the end of the day that the ride finishes (24.00 hours), as denoted by the maximum ride time allowed, and finishes at the same time on the last full day of the rest period. The published ride start time of the horse’s next ride must fall after the expiry of the rest period. 815.3.2 Extended Rest Periods for Invasive Treatment: Any treatment of a horse which involves the puncture or incision of the skin or insertion of any instrument or foreign material into the body is considered Invasive Treatment. (Exceptions to the rule would be the administration of oral electrolytes or acupuncture.) Any metabolic condition diagnosed in a horse which has Failed to Qualify that left untreated would compromise or threaten the welfare of the Horse would be considered a condition requiring Invasive Treatment. It is the responsibility of the FVD and the Treatment Veterinarian to review, on a case by case basis, the treated Horses at the end of an event and classify each case that is immediate Invasive Treatment, incurring mandatory rest, or Authorised Treatment not incurring mandatory rest. If a Horse has Failed to Qualify for metabolic reasons which require immediate invasive treatment at any CEI or National Event in a rolling year, it must be given a mandatory rest period as below before it is again eligible to participate in a FEI or National competition. Invasive Treatment 1st Incident 60 days in total Invasive Treatment 2nd Incident 90 days in total The extended rest period for a 2nd incident comes into effect if the horse has Failed to Qualify for metabolic reasons which require immediate invasive treatment at any 2 consecutive CEI or National Events or twice within any 3 month period.
2019 ENDURANCE RULES CHAPTER II DEFINITION OF ENDURANCE EVENTS 20 815.3.3 Extended Rest Periods for Irregular gait If a Horse has Failed to Qualify for Irregular gait reasons at any CEI or National Event in a rolling year, it must be given, in addition to the rest period defined under article 815.3.1, an additional mandatory rest period as set out below before it is again eligible to participate in another FEI or National competition. Irregular gait 1st Incident 14 days in addition Irregular gait 2nd Incident 21 days in addition The additional extended rest period for a 2nd incident comes into effect if the horse has Failed to Qualify for irregular gait reasons at any 2 consecutive CEI or National Events. Failure to Qualify for irregular gait reasons at a 3rd consecutive CEI or National Event will incur a mandatory rest period of: Irregular gait 3rd Incident 90 days in addition 815.3.4 If a Horse has Failed to Qualify for irregular gait at any 4 consecutives CEI or National Events in a rolling year, it must be given a mandatory rest period of 6 months and pass a veterinary examination 4 weeks prior to first competition before it is again eligible to participate in a CEI or National Events. If a Horse has Failed to Qualify for irregular gait reasons more than 4 consecutive CEI or National Events, the horse will be banned from future Endurance competition.
815.3.5 National results cannot interfere with extended rest periods applied to FEI Horses who have failed to qualify due to irregular gaits or metabolic reasons at consecutive CEI or National Events.
815.3.6 The FEI in consultation with the FEI Technical Committee and FEI Veterinary Department may decide to create a supplementary schedule. Athlete Penalty Points will be awarded to each Athlete should their Horse be eliminated at an FEI Event due to metabolic reasons and/or Catastrophic Injuries. Penalty points are accumulated from the first penalty rolling forward for a period of 12 months. Thereafter on the first anniversary of each point penalty such penalty is dropped from the running total. 100 penalty points will result in an automatic two month suspension period. After such suspension the points total is reduced to zero. • Each metabolic elimination results in 10 penalty points. • If a Horse is eliminated for a metabolic reason that requires immediate invasive treatment the Athlete concerned will receive 25 penalty points. • If a Horse suffers a Severe Injury and/or a Catastrophic Injury during an FEI Competition the Athlete concerned will receive 80 penalty points. • If a Horse is participating in a CEI or National Event during the mandatory minimum rest period (as set out in article 815.3.1 above), the Athlete will receive 100 penalty points (refer to Notes for Guidance). 2019 ENDURANCE RULES CHAPTER II DEFINITION OF ENDURANCE EVENTS 21 • If a Horse is not brought to the Final Veterinary Inspection the Athlete will receive 100 penalty points. • Contrary to Article 169.7.1 of the GRs incorrect behaviour towards (a) Event Officials or any other party connected with the Event (other Athlete, journalist, public etc.) and/or (b) Doping Control Officers, Testing Veterinarian, Chaperones and/or any other person involved in the collection of a doping control sample will entail a penalty of 100 points. In addition to the sanctions listed above, other sanctions may also be applicable and violations of the relevant rules may be brought in front of the FEI Tribunal. 815.3.7 If a Horse ridden by an Athlete suffers a Severe Injury and/or a Catastrophic Injury within 12 months of a Severe Injury and/or a Catastrophic Injury occurring to any previous Horse ridden by that same Athlete that Athlete, will be automatically suspended for six months. 1. Catastrophic injury is defined as an injury which, in the opinion of the Veterinary Commission, requires immediate euthanasia or contributes to the death of a Horse in Competition howsoever caused. 2- Severe Injury is defined as: I) A Musculoskeletal (fracture, serious tendon, ligament, or muscle) Injury or; II) Metabolic Injury (serious colic, acute kidney injury, myopathy that fails to respond to treatment) or; III) Other condition that, in the opinion of the Treating Veterinarian, Foreign Veterinary Delegate, and President of the Veterinary Commission, requires further assessment and continued appropriate veterinary care beyond the period of competition. Article 816 – QUALIFICATION PROCEDURE