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Looking to compete in Para Driving then you will need to get:

  • Classification (see Classification).
  • Consider, will you benefit from any compensating aids
  • If competing in FEI competition;
    • FEI Passport
    • FEI horse / driver registration
  • Competing abroad then you will need to apply for travel documents, these will be determined by the country you are competing in but can be found on the DEFRA website.


Further information can be found on British Carriagedriving's international section. Which includes information on  Horse and Competitor registration, Passports, DEFRA requirements, transport arrangements and more..



All competitors, as well as their horses or ponies taking part in International FEI classes at Horse Driving Trials, require to be registered with the FEI annually. Please see British Carriagedriving's guidelines on FEI Horse and Driver Registration and ensure that your registration is up to date. You must allow plenty of time for the registration process before the entries closing date of your event.

Finding your driver or horse registration number
If you wish to check the FEI records for your registration number, please go to the pages linked below. All you need to do is enter your name in the "Family name" box or your horse's name in the "Name" box. This will show you the details for current as well as past registrations.


Any driver or animal which does not have valid and up to date FEI registration and a valid FEI horse passport will NOT be able to enter an international competition.


1. Under the FEI Rules, after 1st January 2006, all horses/ponies and drivers wishing to compete at any International event, CAI-B or CAI-A, whether in Britain or Abroad, MUST be registered with the FEI. In the UK this is done via British Carriagedriving.


2. It is imperative that you read and familiarise yourself with the BEF rule book which contains all up to date anti doping regulations. This can be downloaded from the BHDTA or BEF websites - see links below. Alternatively it can be emailed or sent to you by post on request from the BC office.


3. Once you have read the BEF rule book, please sign and return the attached acknowledgement and agreement form for the anti-doping rules. Under the new regulations we cannot issue your FEI Registration unless we are in receipt of your signed form.


4. Drivers in possession of an FEI Registration who are using any form of medication need to check UK Sport’s drug information database to see whether they are required to submit a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).


5. Ensure the appropriate payment is enclosed with your application. Cheques made payable to BHDTA.

6. The cost of registration for is:

£15.00 PER DRIVER     £15.00 PER HORSE/PONY


7. Please note that registration of both horse and driver is renewable for each calendar year.


8. All registrations must be completed prior to entry. FEI registration numbers will be produced on the FEI web site every Wednesday morning. Drivers will be issued with a registration card. However horse/pony numbers will come by email or by post should email be unavailable.


9. All horses/ponies resident in Britain and wishing to compete at CAI-B or CAI-A events are still required to hold a valid FEI Passport. All horses/ponies competing abroad at any level of FEI Event are also required to hold a valid FEI Passport.


Please note that any driver or animal which does not have valid and up to date FEI registration and a valid FEI horse passport will NOT be allowed to start in an international competition.



All competitors at international events are bound by British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Rules. It is a condition of the licence application that you have read and understand these rules. The BEF rule book is available to download.

All horses competing at FEI competitions must have a valid FEI Horse Passport. This is NOT the same as the British horse passport issued by DEFRA. FEI passports last for 4 years and must be applied for or re-newed through the British Carriagedriving office. If your horse does not have an FEI passport, please download the 
FEI Passport application form. If your horse's passport is out of date, please download the FEI Passport Renewal  Form. Remember that the passport application/re-newal procedure can take several weeks, so apply in plenty of time. An additional fee will be charged for express applications. For more information, read our Horse Passports page.


Passport diagrams

For anyone competing internationally, please ensure that you have the diagrams filled in and signed by your vet. With the increase in microchipping, some vets are leaving this section blank, however the FEI expects this section to be completed fully. The FEI officials may prevent you from competing and may issue a fine. The FEI introduced new rules regarding documented evidence of equine identity in 2016, but some officials are extending this to older passports too. Please be safe and have these pages in your passport completed to avoid disappointment at an event.


From 1st January 2013, all horses newly-registered with the FEI must be microchipped with a microchip compatible with ISO 11784 and ISO 11785. All microchip information must also be entered into the Horse’s passport.

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