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British Dressage statement – rule alignment on horse definition

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by Sasha Melia

At a meeting of the Board of Directors yesterday, the question regarding allowing the registration of a mule to compete in affiliated dressage competition was discussed fully.  Following consultation with the FEI, the Board have taken the decision to harmonise our rules with the international federation by adopting the same wording.  While our current rules refer to horses and ponies without a full definition, the FEI General Regulations 2018 are more specific and state:

Horse: Refers also to a Pony or other member of the genus Equus unless the context requires otherwise. A Horse shall be born from a mare.

This definition would allow mules to compete and therefore this change will be implemented with immediate effect and reflected in the British Dressage rules.

Chief Executive Jason Brautigam commented; “We are grateful that this situation has been brought to our attention so we can now ensure our rules are brought in line with the FEI.  We are delighted to welcome Wallace and his fellow mules to compete with BD, as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity in dressage, making the sport more accessible to all.”

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