Dear National Federations,
As you are all aware and in accordance with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, as of 1 January 2022 all Horses competing at all FEI Events worldwide must fulfil the Horse Health Requirements via the FEI HorseApp.
The Horse Health Requirements were devised and implemented in response to the severe EHV-1 outbreak in mainland Europe last year, and are vital for the health and welfare of horses at FEI Events by providing an important biosecurity system to reduce the risk of an outbreak of an infectious disease.
Sanctions for non-compliance with these requirements are already in force for Horses competing at FEI Events in Mainland Europe and these will be introduced worldwide as of 1 September 2022. The month of August will be used as a transitional month for all FEI Events outside of Mainland Europe and will provide an opportunity to educate the community and allow all Stakeholders to get acquainted with the processes and sanctions that will be applied as of 1 September 2022. Throughout the month of August, “mock” sanctions and the corresponding notifications will be issued for non-compliance of the Horse Health Requirements outside of Mainland Europe leading into the official worldwide roll out of the sanctions system for all FEI Events as of 1 September 2022.
We have sent a message to all FEI Athletes – see attached – and we urge all National Federations to inform their Athletes and to use this month of education to ensure their Stakeholders are fully up to speed on the Horse Health Requirements prior to sanctions being officially implemented on 1 September 2022.
Please note the sanctions issued for Horses competing at FEI Events in Mainland Europe continue to apply as per the FEI Veterinary Regulations – this educational phase is for the rest of the community and similar to what was done in October 2021 for Mainland Europe.
A summary of the revised sanctions as laid out in Annex VI of the FEI Veterinary Regulations can be found here.