In order for a horse to compete at international level under FEI Rules it must be registered with the FEI and have an FEI Recognition Card. The BEF and the competition disciplines are responsible for issuing these Recognition Cards. The Recognition Card is inserted with the Horse’s Passport into an FEI folder so that both documents are kept together.
Recognition cards can only be issued when the national passport is compliant. Horses residing in the UK must have a passport issued by an EU Member State. If you do not have a compliant passport you must obtain one prior to obtaining a Recognition Card. Recognition Cards can only be issued if your national passport has a Section IX within it. If you do not have one, you must obtain a duplicate passport from the original passport issuing organisation with one within.
This is mandatory for horses competing at most international FEI sanctioned events. Further information can be found on the FEI website.
If you are planning on competing at an FEI event and your horse requires an FEI Recognition Card and folder, please contact your discipline direct for information on how to apply. (Most disciplines require at least 6 weeks’ notice in advance before they can issue a Recognition Card).
Your horse's equine influenza vaccinations will need to be up to date in order for your FEI Registration to remain valid.
Click here to view more information on the FEI website
Full FEI Passports
Please note that as of the 1st October 2018, Defra no longer consider the full FEI passports as a compliant passport. You must obtain a national passport from an EU Member State and request the BEF or one of the competition disciplines to convert it into a Recognition Card for free.