Passports / Registration

All horses need passports

To find out all you need to know about horse passports/Identification Documents visit www.gov.uk/horse-passport/overview

Non-UK EU Passports

If your horse's passport needs to be updated with new ownership information but already has a non-UK EU passport, it is important to try wherever possible to contact the original passport organisation or the daughter studbook in the UK. A list of recognised bodies offically approved or recognised for maintaining or establishing studbooks in the UK can be found on the Defra website, please click on the Defra link above. If you are unable to contact the original PIO or a daughter studbook in the UK, the BEF can update it for you. For instructions on how to do this and to download a form, please view below: 

FEI Recognition Cards


The FEI recognition card  (RC) is a cover which surrounds a national passport and supports a horse at international competition by recording the information that is needed. A RC is mandatory for horses competing at most international FEI sanctioned events. Further information can be found on the FEI website. Please contact your discipline to apply for an FEI RC.

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FEI horse registration


It has been mandatory since January 2006 for all horses and riders to be registered with the FEI before competing at an International event at home or abroad. This is regardless of whether they hold an existing FEI Passport or have already previously competed at International level.

Horse Passports & Studbooks

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