Arabian Nights CEI***/** FEI Schedule


Veterinary Commission: Dr. Mike Foss, President; Dr. Heather Hoynes (USA East), Foreign Delegate; Members: Dr. Monica Mira (Portugal), Dr. Robert Washington, Dr. Jennifer Strelkauskus, Dr. Gene Nance

President, Ground Jury: Robin Oscar (USA East); Member, Bente Heggedal (Norway)

Technical Delegate: Robin Oscar (USA East)

Chief Steward: Teresa Cross (USA Pacific South); Stewards, Harriet Aiken (USA Pacific Northwest)

Organizing Committee: John Teeter-President; Steph Teeter-Secretary

The organizing committee is not financially responsible for the expenses of the riders, owners, horses, chefs d'equipes, grooms, accommodations of such, stabling, or travel expenses for this FEI Event.



Required USA Rider documents:

1.   Current USEF membership with discipline fee paid, and with International High Performance Dues pre-paid. (IHP Due) or paid at the ride. Send a photo copy of your USEF membership card with your entry form.

2.   2004 AERC International membership. Send a photo copy of your AERC card with your entry form.


Required Foreign Rider documents:

1.   Letter from rider's National Federation giving permission to enter the ride. These are faxed to management by the NF. It is rider's responsibility to 1) ask ride management to         send Invitation to their NF; 2) write to the NF requesting the letter of permission to participate; and 3) check with ride management to see that the permission has been    received.


Required horse Documents:


1.      Negative Coggins within 6 months, which CLEARLY identifies horse by diagram and words with a 30-day Health Certificate.  Bring it with!

2.      Current National or FEI Passport for USA horses.  Canadian horses are required to have an FEI passport.  All FEI horses must have documentation of an initial series of two influenza vaccinations given not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, followed by documented boosters given at least within every 6 months following the

3.      2nd shot of the initial series, and more frequently if specified by manufacturer.  Initial shots MUST be intramuscular (not nasal) and must not be given within 7 days of the First Examination at the ride.

4.      A current brand inspection certificate must accompany all horses from the state of origin to the destination.  Individuals who come from states without brand inspections are required to have proof of ownership documents.




1.      The CEI***/** is an individual competition.

2.      CEI*** horses must be at least 6 (six) years old.

3.      All CEI***/** competitors are required to cross-enter in the AERC Open Ride. Juniors, from the year in which they reach age 14 MAY compete if  they have permission from AERC to ride unsponsored and also are then authorized by their NF (USEF or like NF).   Seniors (18 or older) and juniors will compete together in the FEI competition.

4.      The competition is against the clock with no maximum speed on any phase (loop).  CEI*** total elapsed time is 24 hours.
CEI** total elapsed

5.      All vet checks are gate into hold.

6.      Substitution, as stated in USEF Article 2106, is allowed.




1.      Appropriate dress is expected.  Shirts with collars are required.

2.      Protective headgear of ASTM standards adequately secured is mandatory.

3.      No whips may be used on the course in the last phase or in vet inspection areas.

4.      No spurs or draw reins are allowed.

5.      For riders, shoes with heels or safety/enclosed stirrups are required.

6.      Logos are allowed.




1.    The course will start and finish at the base camp.  Riders MUST start within 15 minutes of the official start time.  Riders MUST be mounted to cross the start line.  There will be a mass start.

2.      Riders must check in with the timer at least 15 minutes before the start time.

3.      Start time will be 5:00 am.  If there is a change, it will be disclosed at the rider meeting and posted at the registration desk.




PHASE              DISTANCE        ACCUM            HOLD

1                      20mi                20mi                30 min

2                      18mi                38mi                50 min

3                      16.3mi             54.3mi             40 min

4                      16.8mi             71.1mi             60 min

5                      14mi                85.1mi             30 min

6                      14mi                99.1mi             FINISH


Vet checks for phases 2 and 3 will be checks out of base camp.  All remaining checks and the finish are in camp.  Any changes of hold times will be announced at the rider meeting and posted at the registration desk.




1.      All vet checks will be gate into hold, with a 64-pulse requirement, unless the vet staff determines otherwise.  Horses must meet this criteria within 30 minutes of arrival at the check or be disqualified.  Other criteria may be included in the rider packet or announced at the rider meeting if weather is a factor.  CRI will be used during vetting.  VETS DECISIONS ARE FINAL! 




1.      Riders MUST be mounted to cross the finish line.

2.      Final Classification: The rider with the best time that passes the final vet check is the winner.  When two or more competitors have the same total elapsed riding time, they are classified according to their respective passage across the finish line.

3.       CEI*** riders MUST present their horses for competition (meet all vet criteria as published) within 30 minutes of their finish.
CEI** riders MUST present their horses for competition (meet all vet criteria as published) within 20 minutes of their finish.  

4.       VERY IMPORTANT: (USA Eq 4.2.1 or FEI 832). A CEI*** horse that has passed the post-ride exam within the 1/2 hour (30 minute) time limit may not be subsequently pulled for any veterinary reason UNLESS, in the opinion of the Veterinary Commission, the horse should be treated during the 2 hours after completion, in which case the competitor shall be de-classified.




1.      Minimum weight is 165 lbs. (75 kg) for all riders.  Entrants that must add weight to meet minimum should bring weights and appropriate means for securing to the inspection and weigh-in Saturday at 4:00 pm.

2.      Riders will weigh by the posted time and order with clothes, shoes, helmets, and tack to be used in the ride.

3.      Riders will be weighed again immediately following their finish.




All riders will be parked in the same area (follow signs if someone is not there to park you).  Horses will be tied to trailers or enclosed in portable corrals (available on request) or electric fencing of your choice.  Access to the stabling/camping area will be monitored.  Horses with FEI documentation will be parked together.  FEI Horses traveling/stabled with non-FEI horses will be parked together. 




Friday August 26

Registration                                                           12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Inspection and Examination for all FEI Horses & Riders       3:00pm-6:00pm

FEI Rider Briefing (Attendance is mandatory)                        6:30pm







These will be carried out in accordance with the “Veterinary Regulations”, Art. 1011 & the discipline rules. “General Regulations”, 20th Edition, effective 1st January 2000, revised April 2001, will apply: Art. 139.1 Every horse entered for any competition at CNs or CIMs (see Appendix D) in a foreign country, and all horses entered for other CIs, CIOs, Championships, Regional and Olympic Games, whether at home or in foreign countries, must have an official, valid FEI Passport, or a National Passport approved by the FEI accompanied by an FEI Recognition Card, as a means of identification and to establish ownership.


Art. 139.2 Horses taking part in CNs and CIMs (see Appendix D) in their own country are not required to have such a passport as is mentioned in paragraph 1. All such horses must be properly registered and identifiable by diagram. Unless there is no national requirement for equine influenza vaccination in the host country and in the country of origin all horses must have a valid vaccination certificate.



All horses and ponies for which an FEI Passport, or a National Passport approved by the FEI has been issued, must have the vaccination section endorsed by a veterinarian, stating that it has received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza, given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. In addition, a booster injection must be recorded as having been given within each succeeding 6 months, subsequent to the second injection of the primary vaccination. None of these injections must have been given within the preceding 7 days including the day of the competition or of entry into the competition stables.


The above are the minimum requirements for influenza vaccination. Both primary and first and subsequent booster injections should be given according to the manufacturer's instructions which will fall within the stipulation of the FEI ruling. In many cases booster injections are recommended by the manufacturers and by National Veterinary Authorities/Regulatory Authorities at intervals more frequent than 12 months. The FEI Veterinary Committee strongly recommends booster vaccinations every 6 months.



Regular sampling is carried out in CCI***/****, CSIs (Category A), CIOs, World Cup Qualifiers and Finals, Championships and Games, whereas at other CIs sampling is recommended. In CICs***/****, the number of horses tested is at the discretion of the Testing Veterinarian/Veterinary Delegate; however, a minimum of three is recommended (Vet. Regs. Art.. 1016)


Special guidelines are applicable for events covered by the FEI Medication Control Programme (Groups I & II only).



The Organising Committees of FEI events within Groups I & II are advised to charge competitors the equivalent of CHF 12.50 per horse per event as a contribution towards the costs of the MCP programme.


All owners and competitors are personally responsible for damages to third parties caused by themselves, their employees, their agents or their horses. They are therefore strongly advised to take out third-party insurance providing full coverage for participation in equestrian events at home and abroad, and to keep the policy up to date.


Approved by the FEI. Ian Williams, Asst. Sec'y General. Date: 10 March 2004





The Fédération Equestre International (FEI) expects all those involved in international equestrian sport to adhere to the FEI’s Code of Conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.

At all stages during the preparation and training of competition horses, welfare must take precedence over all other demands. This includes good horse management, training methods, farriery and tack, and transportation.

Horses and competitors must be fit, competent and in good health before they are allowed to compete. This encompasses medication use, surgical procedures that threaten welfare or safety, pregnancy in mares and the misuse of aids.

Events must not prejudice horse welfare. This involves paying careful attention to the competition areas, ground surfaces, weather conditions, stabling, site safety and fitness of the horse for onward travel after the event.

Every effort must be made to ensure that horses receive proper attention after they have competed and that they are treated humanely when their competition careers are over. This covers proper veterinary care, competition injuries, euthanasia and retirement.

The FEI urges all involved with the sport to attain the highest levels of education in their areas of expertise.


A full copy of this Code can be obtained from the Fédération Equestre Internationale, Avenue Mon-Repos 24, CH-1000, Lausanne 5, Switzerland. Telephone: +41 21 310 47 47. The Code is available in English & French. The Code is also available on the FEI’s website:


The FEI segment of this event is organized in accordance with: FEI Statutes (20th edition, effective 17 April 1999); FEI Statutes (21st edition, effective April 2003); General Regulations (20th Edition, effective 1st January 2000); Veterinary Regulations (9th edition, effective 1st January 2002); The Rules for Endurance Riding (5th Edition, 2000); New Star Categorization for Endurance (effective 1 January 2003) and all subsequent published revisions, the provisions of which will take precedence.  An arbitration procedure is provided for in the FEI Statues and General Regulations referred to above.  In accordance with this procedure, any appeal against a decision rendered by the FEI or its official bodies is to be settled exclusively by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Protest, (Art, 168-171), to be valid must be in writing to the President of the Ground Jury, and accompanied by a deposit of CHF. 150 (c. $100US).


It is the responsibility of the competitor to be familiar

 with those rules and regulations.


Questions regarding current USEF/FEI regulations may be directed to Lisa Owens, International Services Coordinator, United States Equestrian Federation
phone (859)225-6966
fax (859)253-1968