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Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Biography

Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Most medicines and drugs are prohibited if detected in a horse at the time of competition. This ruling is based on the FEI’s philosophy that a horse should compete on its own merits without any unfair advantage that might follow the use of drugs. It is also to prevent horses damaging themselves or their athletic potential by drugs masking unfitness, lameness or disease.”

“The FEI Competitor Guide to Doping and Medication Control in Horses,” Fédération Equestre Internationale website, Jan. 2008


“The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is based on the principle of equality and mutual respect between all 134 affiliated National Federations, without prejudice to race, religion or internal politics…

The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining and Para-Equestrian. It establishes the regulations and approves the equestrian programmes at Championships, Continental and Regional Games as well as the Olympic Games.”

“Profile,” FEI website (accessed Nov. 12, 2008)


“The primary mission of the FEI is to advance the orderly growth of equestrian sport world-wide by promoting, regulating and administering humane and sportsmanlike international competition in the traditional equestrian discipline and by helping them to evolve in ways that enhance their attractiveness both for the participants and the public, while respecting and furthering the ideals and principles of horsemanship.”

“Our Mission,” FEI website (accessed Nov. 12, 2008)

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