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Endurance Rules 2020 – Article 857, 858, 859, 860, 861 & 862


The proposed Endurance Rules modifications for 2020 is presented to the National Federations (NFs) in a completely new rule book, with a new structure and revised wording.

We continue a series of articles to review all the new proposed rules, article by article.

Artilce 800 & 801:
Artilce 802 & 803:
Artilce 804 & 805:
Artilce 806 – 808:
Article 809:
Artilce 810 – 812:
Artilce 813 – 815:
Artilce 816:
Artilce 817 – 819:
Artilce 820 – 822:
Artilce 823 – 825:
Artilce 826 – 829:
Artilce 830 – 833:
Artilce 834 – 836:
Artilce 837 – 838:
Artilce 839 – 842:
Artilce 843:
Artilce 844 – 847:
Artilce 848 – 851:
Artilce 852 – 856:

Chapter VIII “Awards and Prize-Giving Ceremonies” consists of articles about Prize Money, Awards, Rankings, Ceremonies, Badge of Honour, Elite Status, Best Condition Award.

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857.1 The FEI General Regulations govern the distribution of prize money.

857.2 An award recognising completion (e.g. medal, ribbon, plaque, etc) must be given to all Athletes who successfully complete the course. There is no minimum value for such awards.

857.3 All Athletes participating in a team that is classified for medals will receive a team medal.


FEI Endurance rankings (and related prizes/awards) will be determined in accordance with Annex 4.


859.1 The Veterinary Commission must exclude any unfit Horse from participation in the prize-giving ceremony.

859.2 Athletes and other persons participating in prize-giving ceremonies must comply with the dress code set out at Article 823.


Badges of Honour will be awarded as follows to Athletes who successfully complete World Championships:
a) A Gold Badge for three successful completions.
b) A Silver Badge for two successful completions.
c) A Bronze Badge for one successful completion.


861.1 Athletes who meet the criteria below will receive the recognition of Elite Athlete Status. Elite Athlete Status will not result in automatic qualification for any Championships.

861.2 Juniors and Young Riders: To achieve Junior/Young Rider Elite Athlete Status, Athletes must have successfully completed a minimum of ten CEI 2* or higher. To maintain Junior/Young Rider Elite Athlete Status, Athletes must successfully complete at least one CEI 2* or higher within every successive two years.

861.3 Seniors: To achieve Senior Elite Athlete Status, Athletes must have successfully completed a minimum of ten CEI 3* 160km. To maintain Senior Elite Athlete Status, Athletes must successfully complete at least one CEI 3* 160 km within every successive two years.

861.4 Removal of Elite Athlete Status: Athletes who receive any form of a suspension as defined under the FEI General Regulations or commit an offence under the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Control Medication Regulations will automatically lose their Elite Status and will be required to re-qualify again by completing all ten required CEIs starting (as applicable) either from the date the period of suspension is imposed or the ‘fast track’ decision is finalised.

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Elite Athlete Status is no longer valid for qualification for any Championships.

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862.1 The OC may organise a Best Condition Award at any Competition for the Horse that is in the best condition of the Horses finishing in one of the top ten classification positions after completing the Competition. FEI guidelines for determining the Best Condition Award are set out in Annex 2. Athletes are not obliged to enter their Horses in the Best Condition Award.

862.2 All Horses entered in the Best Condition Award remain subject to doping/medication control. They are deemed to still be in the Competition until after the prize giving ceremony for the Best Condition Award.