Important changes to FEI WBFSH World Breeding Championships guidelines

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Thu, 26 May 2022 13:15 GMT

Following updated guidelines for the FEI World Breeding Championships regarding home-bred and foreign-bred horses, British Dressage has released a revised selection policy for those aiming for qualification.

Greg Sims & Waverley Fellini c Digishots

Definition clarification

The FEI and WBFSH have issued new definitions and guidelines on the eligibility of home-bred and foreign-bred horses for the FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships, which will apply for this year’s event, scheduled to take place at Ermelo in the Netherlands, from 8 - 11 September 2022.

Home-bred horses must be registered at birth with a studbook belonging to the country of the nominating National Federation, with a UELN that corresponds to the studbook of origin. For the purposes of these championships, horses born in the country of the National Federation, but registered at birth with a studbook belonging to any other country outside of Great Britain, are considered to be foreign-bred. 

British Dressage eligibility

As a dressage breeding nation with five registered studbooks, Great Britain are eligible to select and send up to two home-bred horses per age group, as per the WBFSH member quota.  Horses registered under the following studbooks will be deemed home-bred and eligible for consideration:

  • Anglo European Studbook (AES)
  • Breeders Elite Studbook for Irish & European Sporthorses (BE/SIES)
  • British Hanoverian Horse Society (BWBS)
  • Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK (BWBS)
  • Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain (SHBGB)

If no home-bred horses meet the minimum eligibility requirements at the final selection trials, the British Dressage selectors may nominate foreign-bred horses in line with the conditions stipulated under the FEI Dressage World Breeding Championship guidelines.

Owners, breeders and riders aiming for selection are advised to carefully read the new selection policy and to contact our International Officer Lianne Martin if further clarification is required.  Registration of interest for selection is due by Wednesday 1 June, with applications sent via email, stating rider name, horse name and age, along with a copy of the horse’s national passport to ensure that these guidelines are adhered to.