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No Vaccination? No Horse Show!

Tracking down and adhering to the various vaccination rules and regulations for the FEI and national federations can be a huge headache and time-consuming process. In a one-of-a-kind report, Aline van der Waaij carefully details and puts it all together for you. She breaks down the vaccination requirements for equine influenza and Equine Herpes Virus (and others) per country – and if (and how) they differ from FEI regulations.

*Note: This article was originally published on April 18, 2023, and updated in January 2024 to reflect the 2024 vaccination guidelines for the FEI and national federations. The bold words signify the changes from 2023 to 2024.

Over the past few years, vaccines have become an increasingly hot topic all around the globe. While perhaps a rather novel subject to many, the equestrian community has its fair share of experience with all kinds of vaccinations. Equine, obviously. Some have been mandatory for many years already, while others have been imposed more recently following heart-wrenching outbreaks of viral infections at international horse shows. 

Good biosecurity is crucial for everyone involved in equestrian sports. Especially given the globalization that has affected not only horse trade but also the movement of horses for international competitions. Biosecurity consists of some simple measures and protocols designed to minimize the exposure and reduce the risk of transmission. It is therefore important to strictly adhere to the health measures put in place by the national host federation or government and the FEI regulations in case of an international show. A key instrument in safeguarding the health of our horses is vaccines. 

The tricky element to vaccinations and the subsequent rules surrounding them is that in certain instances the FEI and the national federation differ, and such is the case for equine influenza and Equine Herpes Virus. On the HorseGrooms Community, we create an educational course for you to learn the ins and outs of the vaccination rules. We will cover the FEI rules and the differences between countries. We will break down each country’s requirements for equine influenza into a concise chart so that you can easily jump to your destination’s section and check that you’ve adhered to the mandatory vaccinations. In addition, we will detail the necessary components to keeping accurate records so that you can compete.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, educational course.

In honor of HorseGrooms’ Biosecurity Week, we delve into the confusing world of vaccination regulations. This thorough examination is so singular as Aline van der Waaij consolidates different national federation rules into one place. Sign up for the HorseGrooms Community (for free) and let the learning begin with “No Vaccination? No Horse Show! Your Guide to Vaccination Guidelines.”

January 22, 2024

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