International Movement of Competition Horses



Great numbers of horses are temporary imported between OIE Member Countries to participate in international equestrian events and races. It is necessary to mitigate the risk of spread of diseases affecting animals and humans in the context of these movements while avoiding unjustified sanitary barriers.

International movement of competition horses

The Public-Private Partnership between the International Horse Sport Confederation (IHSC) and the OIE has as a main objective to facilitate temporary international movement of competition horses in equestrian sports and horse racing.

Reliable certification of horses according to OIE Standards on equine diseases and diagnostic tests, including on the “high health, high performance” horse (HHP) framework, as well as the good quality of the Veterinary Services in charge of certification are most important to facilitate safe temporary international movement of competition horses. Public-Private cooperation between the National Veterinary Services, the National Equestrian Federations and the National Racing Authorities is also a key factor to achieve safe movement of these competition horses.

Regional Activities

On February 2019, the OIE and the IHSC co-organized the workshop to support further development of the necessary capacities for temporary (sub-)regional movement of competition horses and to create solid basis in the sub-region to, ultimately, enable safe temporary international movement of such horses from the sub-region to the rest of the world. The workshop developed a roadmap for all target countries with actions for national stakeholders for the development of internationally established guidelines for the temporary movement of competition horses in a safe manner.