FEI Services

FEI Rider and Horse Registration

FEI Registrations are MANDATORY under the rules of the FEI and must be renewed before entering your first FEI Competition each year (the FEI season being 1 January – 31 December); all registrations expire on 31st December each year regardless of when during the year athlete or horse is registered.

FEI registrations for the following calendar year open on the 1st of November.

FEI Registration is not required for riders and horses who participate only in the FEI Children’s Competitions and World Challenges. Also Registration is free of charge for riders that are under the age of 18 as of January 1st.

As of the 1st January 2013 all NEW horses registered with the FEI are required to be micro chipped as per FEI Veterinary Regulations Articles 1001-1027

As of the 1st of January 2017 all newly registered horses with the FEI must obtain a national passport from ESNZ prior to registration (see FEI General Regulations Article 137). The National Passport must be filled out by a vet and serves as a way to identify the horse by diagram and record the vaccination history. An approved National Passport can easily be upgraded to an FEI Passport as a Recognition Card once the horse reaches the level requiring an FEI Passport.

You must have FEI Registration if you are competing in the following:

  • CSI: Jumping
  • CCI or CIC: Eventing
  • CDI: Dressage
  • CEI: Endurance

To renew your current FEI Rider Registration or complete a new FEI Rider Registration:

  • The Rider must be a current ESNZ Full Member.
  • The Rider must be a New Zealand Citizen or be eligible to hold a NZ Passport (ESNZ members who are not NZ citizens and hold a passport of another country must be registered by the National Federation of that country.

To renew a current FEI Horse Registration or complete a new FEI Horse Registration the horse must:

  • Have a current ESNZ Full Equine registration
  • Have microchip (unless registered with FEI prior to 2013)
  • Be recorded with the correct owners
  • Have a current FEI ID number or National Passport on record with ESNZ
  • Have at least one owner who is also a New Zealand Citizen and be eligible to hold a NZ passport.

FEI Registrations are mandatory for ALL Riders and Horses competing in any FEI International Event. Registration is free of charge for riders that are under the age of 18 as of January 1st. For all other competitors, the Rider Registration is NZ$30 and the Horse Registration is NZ$30.

Please note: The FEI does not issue cards for FEI Registrations. You may find current Registrations on the FEI Registration lists at https://data.fei.org/Default.aspx

You can download an FEI horse / athlete application form from the ESNZ website. Complete the form and send to ESNZ along with your payment.

For further information please contact one of the Member Service team at nzef@nzequestrian.org.nz or give us a call on 04 4998 994

 FEI Passports

If you are competing your horse in any of the following FEI classes you will require an FEI passport:

  • Showjumping – CSI3*, 4* and 5*, CSI-W World Cup
  • Dressage - CDI3*, 4* and 5*, CDI-W World Cup
  • Eventing – CCI4* and 3*, CIC3*
  • Endurance – CEI 3* and 4*, CEIO
  • When competing in any FEI Class outside of NZ

Click here for further information and FAQ on the new national passport

How much does it cost for a FEI Passport?

An FEI passport costs NZ$350 and is valid for four years. Should the horse still require a FEI Passport following these 4 years, it can be revalidated at a further cost of NZ$350 (increased charges may apply in four years’ time).

How long does it take to process a FEI Passport?

It may take up to four weeks for ESNZ to process an FEI Passport.  ESNZ will charge an extra $20 for those FEI passports needing to be processed within 14 days of competition.

To obtain an FEI Horse Passport or complete a new FEI Horse Passport Registration, the horse must:

  • Have a current ESNZ Full Equine Registration
  • Be recorded with the correct owners
  • Have a current FEI ID number or National Passport on Record with the ESNZ
  • Have a microchip
  • Have at least one  owner that is also a New  Zealand Citizen and is eligible to hold a NZ Passport

You can download an FEI Passport application form from the ESNZ website or contact ESNZ for a form. Complete the form and send to ESNZ along with your payment.

For more information, please contact one of the Member Service team on 04 4998 994 or email nzef@nzquestrian.org.nz

Rider’s License

Do I Need a Rider’s License?

A Riders Licence is a requirement if you are planning to ride overseas. Your ESNZ Full membership will need to be current as any license processed will run concurrently with membership. When competing overseas, you will be required to have an ESNZ Full Membership at $70. Please note that if you intend to ride in FEI classes overseas you will also need to be FEI registered. Some National Federations also require that you become a member of the country in which you are competing for national classes. New Zealand has the same policy for Foreign Rider’s; they must be members of ESNZ to compete at national level.

How Much Is a Rider’s Licence?

Rider License fee (as of 1st August 2014) $50

How do I Obtain a Rider’s License?

Just contact ESNZ and we can arrange for a Rider’s License to be processed and emailed to you and the Federation of the Country in which you require it for.

For more information, please contact one of the Member Service team on 04 4998 994 or email nzef@nzquestrian.org.nz