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FEI Makes Spurs Optional

The new rule will become effective as of January 1, 2024.

The FEI has updated its dressage rules for 2024, including a rule regarding the use of spurs. As of January 1, 2024, spurs will no longer be compulsory in FEI competition, but optional.

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The new spur rule is as follows:

Spurs are optional and must be made of metal. The shank must be either curved or straight pointing directly back from the centre of the spur when on the Athlete’s boot. The arms of the spur must be smooth and blunt. If rowels are used, they must be blunt/smooth (no sharp edges) and free to rotate. Metal spurs with round hard knobs are allowed (“Impuls” spur) and the knobs may rotate. “Dummy” spurs with no shank are also allowed.

The new rule can be found on page 45 of the updated FEI Dressage Rules, 26th edition.

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