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 eight 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

Jumping, Dressage and Eventing have been a part of the Olympics since 1912. Para-Equestrian Dressage has been part of the Paralympic games since 1996. Jumping has been part of the Youth Olympic Games since its creation in Singapore in 2010. For more equestrian information about the Olympics, the Paralympic and the Youth Olympic games (results, images, statistics), please visit the FEI History Hub.[10]

FEI World Equestrian Games

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.[11]

World Cup

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

FEI World, Continental and Regional Championships 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, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States of America.[12] Today, there are 134 National Equestrian Federations affiliated with the FEI.[13]

Year Number of
affiliated nations
1921 8
1928 21
1938 31
1960 48
1970 54
1975 62
1986 81
2014 132
2015 133
2016 134


FEI Headquarter in Lausanne, Switzerland.

There have been 13 different presidents of the organization. Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford is the only individual to have served twice. Nowadays, a President can serve for a maximum of two terms. Since 2014, the President of the FEI is Ingmar De Vos from Belgium.

# 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 2006-2014
14 Ingmar De Vos Belgium Since 2014


  1. ^ The FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse
  2. ^ "Disciplines – Dressage – About Dressage". Fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Disciplines – Driving – About Driving". Fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Disciplines – Endurance – About Endurance". Fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Disciplines – Eventing – About Eventing". Fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Disciplines – Driving – About Para Equestrian Driving". Fei.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Disciplines – Reining". Fei.org. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Disciplines – Jumping – About Jumping". Fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Disciplines – Vaulting – About Vaulting". Fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  10. ^ http://history.fei.org/node/107
  11. ^ "FEI Championships". FEI. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Allen, K; Schumacher, SA (2015). "Chapter 26: Impact of FEI rules on sport horse medications". In Sprayberry, KA; Robinson, NE. Robinson's Current Therapy in Equine Medicine (7th ed.). Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 112–115. ISBN 9780323242165. 
  13. ^ "FEI National Federation Members". fei.org. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 

External links