THE UEF (Ukrainian Equestrian Federation) Charity Foundation have to date received 375 tonnes of material aid (feed, shavings, etc.) at their central hub in Poland and over €75,000 has been donated directly to the charity foundation, a webinar hosted by the FEI and EEF heard this week.

Funded by the FEI Solidarity Relief Fund, the foundation has also managed the creation of a logistical hub in Granat, located between Lviv and the Polish border, able to accommodate up to 40 horses so they can be prepared for transfer into the European Union.

The foundation gave a stark warning that the requirement for aid is ongoing. Over the next month, an expected 2,000 horses will require support which would equate to triple the number of supplies currently held.

FEI Solidarity Director Jean-Phillippe Camboulives urged all National Equestrian Federations “to designate an official representative to first coordinate the offers of support and supplies nationally, and then liaise with the FEI, EEF and UEF to ensure logistical efficiency.”

Among other things, this would entail that offers for accommodation or employment be coordinated through National Federations, prior to reaching the UEF Charity Foundation and the FEI Solidarity Relief Fund.

FEI Veterinary Director Göran Åkerström provided an update on the situation regarding the transfer of horses from Ukraine into neighbouring EU countries as well as the essential biosecurity protocols and sanitary requirements which must be respected.

He also informed member nations of recent amendments to the existing Health Certificate published this week by the European Commission which took effect on March 29th through to 15 December 2022 which could facilitate the transit of horses. Given the recent publication, the documents are currently under review by the FEI and clear guidance will be shared to all relevant stakeholders in the coming days.