A new format for publication of FEIF Rules was agreed at the Delegates Assembly 2016 in Haarlem earlier this year, and is now available on the FEIF website (valid as of April 1, 2016). What used to be FIPO and FIZO has become somewhat shorter, whilst FIRO, the General Rules and Regulations have been expanded. The real innovation of these changes is that from now on our old Sport and Breeding Rules no longer have separate general sections such as a definition of the gaits, rules on permitted equipment for rider and horse, etc. These have now largely been combined in the much longer part of the General Rules.
The attentive reader will notice that – with the exception of a longish section on the prevention of doping – overall there are very few substantial changes in the combined document. As before, FEIF Rules are the result of a process of consensus, and are agreed by vote in the annual Delegates Assembly. All Rules and Regulations apply in all member countries of FEIF. Specific rules and regulations governing breeding, education, sport and youth are found in the specific chapters of the complete book but also as separate books (general plus resp. department) in the respective sections on the FEIF website.
The Board of FEIF and its Committees have checked that the information is complete and generally in accord with the rules and regulations published as FIPO, FIRO and FIZO in 2015 as amended by the decisions of the Delegates’ Assembly 2016. However, in view of the possibility of human error, neither the Board of FEIF nor any other party who has been involved in the preparation or publication of this work warrants that the information contained herein is in every respect accurate or complete, and they are not responsible for any errors or omissions. In the case of error or omission the published rules and regulations (FIPO, FIRO, FIZO) as of 2015 as amended by subsequent action by the Delegates’ Assembly are considered definitive.