German Equestrian Federation

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German Equestrian Association e. V.
Founded 1905
Place of foundation Berlin
president Breido Graf zu Rantzau
Chairman Soenke Lauterbach
societies 6,963
Members 682,348
Association headquarters Warendorf

The German Equestrian Association e. V. is the umbrella organization for all breeders , riders , drivers and vaulters in Germany. The international name is Fédération Équestre Nationale , abbreviation FN . FN is also the common slang term.

The FN was founded in Berlin in 1905 as an association of German half-blood breeders . The association now has its headquarters in Warendorf . In 2017 it belonged to 17 regional associations with 7,521 riding and driving clubs. In addition, 58,879 so-called personal members and 3,709 horse businesses were directly linked to the federal association. With a total of 687,036 members, the FN is the largest equestrian association in the world.

The FN is organized in the umbrella organization Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) and is responsible for riding, driving and vaulting within the German Olympic Sports Confederation .

President of the FN since 2005 Breido Graf zu Rantzau , Secretary-General is Sönke Lauterbach.


The FN's areas of activity are the organization of equestrian sport as a tournament and popular sport as well as horse keeping and horse breeding . Equestrian training and further education as well as advising members are also important. The FN sees itself as the point of contact for all questions relating to the horse or its breeding, keeping, equipment, training and use. Further areas of responsibility result from this: veterinary medicine , animal welfare , representation of the interests of equestrians, riding law and landscape protection . Furthermore, the German Equestrian Association counts among its tasks to ideally care for and preserve the horse as a cultural asset in the consciousness of the population.

FNverlag, founded in 1977 as a 100% subsidiary of the FN, publishes books and other media related to horses and equestrian sports as a specialist publisher. He currently reports 17 employees (2018) and is one of the leading specialist publishers in this field. Of particular importance are the uniform rules , regulations and guidelines issued by the FN, such as the training and examination regulations (APO), the performance test regulations (LPO) and the breed association regulations (ZVO).

Tournament disciplines within the FN are:

The Federal Training Center (BLZ) in Warendorf is the only training facility set up by the association for riders, drivers and vaulters in Germany. It was built in 1970 before the Olympic Games in Munich, since then it has been expanded several times and currently comprises three riding arenas, a multi-purpose and a lunging arena, two dressage arenas, two multi-purpose arenas and two jumping arenas each on sand and grass, a driving and all-round arena on grass with various Natural obstacles, a galloping track, horse walker and several stables with a total of 110 boxes. A total of around 2,000 riders and around 4,000 horses take part in courses or training measures at the BLZ every year.


To document skills in handling the horse and to motivate young athletes in particular, the FN awards badges to riders, drivers, vaulters and lunge guides . The tests are carried out by the riding and driving clubs. The requirements are set out in the Training and Examination Regulations (APO for short). More than 50 badges can be acquired in equestrian sport through theoretical and practical tests or through success in competitive sports. Gold badges are only awarded for tournament success.

  • Riding badge 10 to 1 and in gold
  • Driving badges 10, 7, 5 to 1 and in gold
  • Western riding badges 10 to 6, 4 to 2 and in gold
  • Vaulting badges 10, 9, 7, 4 to 1 and in gold
  • Lunge badge 5 to 2
  • Basic pass equestrian studies
  • Badges for riding and driving off-road: riding pass, driving pass, trail riding / trail riding, endurance riding / endurance riding, hunting riding


As a national equestrian and breeding association, the German Equestrian Association represents the interests of equestrians on the one hand , but is also responsible for compliance with regulations and respect for animal welfare . The FN is sometimes criticized for not taking sufficient action against methods that are not horse-friendly ( e.g. roll cure , bars, excessive or incorrect use of aids such as auxiliary reins , whips and spurs ). In response to this, the FN developed, among other things, an assessment catalog that defines riding in warm-up areas that is not horse-friendly. In addition, a system of sanctions was created for judges, which allows a warning (yellow card) or the exclusion of the rider (red card). However, the regulations were not changed, only a catalog with interpretation aids was drawn up. In 2017, the News Enlightenment Initiative described the topic "Unreliable seal of approval leads to violence in horse training" as neglected by the media.

After the doping / medication incidents at the 2008 Summer Olympics and Ludger Beerbaum's statement: “Over the years I have established myself to make the most of what is possible. - In the past I had the attitude: What is not found is allowed ”. In 2009 the German Equestrian Association was heavily criticized for taking too little action against doping and animal welfare violations. As a result of this public pressure, the FN (or DOKR ) dissolved their cadres, set up an independent commission and introduced stricter rules for cadre athletes (e.g. introduction of training controls and a stable book).

In this context, the athletes criticized the fact that the FN, under pressure from the media, had dropped riders, imposed measures against riders that went beyond existing bans (squad bans, refusal of annual tournament licenses) and, in Christian Ahlmann's case, even against a judgment by the World Equestrian Federation FEI Filed an objection to the International Court of Sport . The Hamm Higher Regional Court found with regard to the withdrawal and refusal of annual tournament licenses to Daniel Deußer that these measures on the part of the FN were unlawful .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Inventory survey 2019 (PDF) German Olympic Sports Confederation, accessed on November 16, 2019 .
  2. German Equestrian Association: Facts & Figures - People and Horses (last accessed: November 13, 2018).
  3. ^ German Equestrian Association: We about us (last access: December 10, 2015).
  4. ^ Website FNverlag
  5. ^ German Equestrian Association: Equestrian disciplines (last accessed: December 10, 2015).
  6. ^ Badges in equestrian sport. In: Pferd-Aktuell, homepage of the German Equestrian Association. Retrieved June 7, 2016 .
  7. Against Rollkur: Riding in a horse-friendly manner - FN assessment catalog for judges presented ( Memento from December 4, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), Cavallo, March 27, 2014
  8. ^ Animal welfare in equestrian sport: Control through pain , Regina Rheinwald / Die Tageszeitung , December 6, 2015
  9. 2017: Top 7 - Unreliable seal of approval leads to violence in horse training. In: Initiative news clearance . Retrieved September 1, 2019 (German).
  10. ^ Equestrian sport: Chronically in treatment , Michael Fröhlingsdorf and Udo Ludwig, Der Spiegel 45/2008
  11. ^ German Equestrian Association: Radical Jump , Evi Simeoni / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , May 29, 2009
  12. ^ "Clean equestrian sport": DOSB Horse Riding Commission submits final report ( memo from December 22, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), Dennis Peiler / German Equestrian Association, September 22, 2009
  13. Blocked dressage rider: Werth attacks association , Frankfurter Rundschau , November 19, 2009
  14. Television puts pressure on the equestrian association , St. Georg, October 25, 2008
  15. Deutsche FN finally loses trial against Deußer , Andreas Kleefisch (Baumeister Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB) on, February 24, 2010

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