International Federation for Equestrian Sports

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The Fédération Équestre Internationale (commonly known as the FEI) or in English, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, is the international governing body of equestrian (horse) 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.



It FEI recognizes eight disciplines under global governance:

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.


FEI World Equestrian Games

The FEI has organized the FEI World Equestrian Games every four years since 1990 which encompasses the following World Championship titles.


World Cup


(See Concours de Saut International for show jumping)
(See Concours Complet International for eventing)


The FEI was formed in 1921 with the joining of the national organizations of Belgium (BEL), Denmark (DEN), France (FRA), Italy (ITA), Japan (JPN), Norway (NOR), Sweden (SWE) and the United States of America (USA). Today, there are 134 National Organizations who are affiliated with the FEI, the newest members being Albania, Cambodia, and Yemen who joined in 2007.

National Federations


There have been 12 different presidents of the organization, serving 13 individual terms. Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford is the only individual to have served twice.[2]

1France Baron du Teil1921–1927
2Netherlands General Gerrit Johannes Maris1927–1929
3Netherlands Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford1929–1931
4United States General Guy V. Henry1931–1935
5Nazi Germany Baron Max Von Holzing-Bertstett1935–1936
6Netherlands Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford1936–1939
7Finland Magnus Rydman1939–1946
8Belgium Baron Gaston de Trannoy1946–1954
9Netherlands HRH Bernard, Prince of the Netherlands1954–1964
10United Kingdom HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh1964–1986
11United Kingdom HRH The Princess Royal1986–1994
12Spain HRH La Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz1994–2006
13Jordan HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein2006–


  1. ^ The FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse
  2. ^ Successive FEI Presidents

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