Equine event guidance where EU (ROI) participation after a no deal EU exit is anticipated

Guidance for organisers of racing, competition and cultural events where movement back to the EU (including ROI) of registered horses will be required after the event if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Under the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), horse movements within the island of Ireland for participation in racing, competition and cultural events are currently permitted without the need for certification.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place, the UK will no longer be a party to the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) and there will be changes to the way that horses are moved from the UK to the EU.

Organisers of events where movement currently occurs under the terms of the TPA will need to take steps to prepare for a potential no deal.

While we do not anticipate any changes to the way horses are currently moved from EU Member States, including the ROI, to events in the UK, an Export Health Certificate (EHC) completed by an Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) will be required to facilitate the move back to the EU Member State of Origin. An Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) will have to complete an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to permit the horse to be moved back to the EU Member State of origin.

What you should do now

Establish contact with an equine approved AVI

You should identify an equine approved AVI in your area who can advise you on specific requirements to allow for certification and provide you with certification for horses returning to an EU Member state after your event. Your local equine veterinary practitioner List of Equine AVI practices or DAERA Direct Office Link to list of offices will be able to advise you on how to identify a suitable AVI. 

Register your event venue with DAERA

EHC s completed by AVIs can only be issued from a registered equine premise.

If your premises or event venue is not currently registered with DAERA as an equine premises, you should contact your local Divisional Veterinary Office / DAERA Direct Office in order to register your event venue as an equine premises. Both Form FB3 and New Equine Premises Registration Forms will be required.

Designate an Export Isolation Facility at your event venue

Horses to be moved back to the EU Member State of Origin upon event completion must be accommodated, under veterinary supervision, separately from all other horses except during racing, competition or the cultural event. To comply with this requirement necessitates the designation of an Export Isolation Facility at your registered event venue. You should contact your equine approved AVI for advice on establishing an Isolation Facility Conditions for Isolation Facility approval.

Advise participants from outside NI of the requirements

You should advise horse owners from ROI or other EU Member States who wish to participate in your event that:

  • you do not anticipate any change in the way in which they currently move their horses to events in NI.
  • an AVI will have to complete an EHC to allow them to take their horse home again. The horse owner, or representative of the owner, must apply for this EHC on the DAERA internet site as far in advance of the event as possible and will have to include the details for your nominated AVI in their application. Alternatively you can apply on behalf of the owners as their representative, in which case you will have to complete a declaration when you apply.
  • in addition, horse owners from another EU Member State will have to provide an Owners Declaration describing the identity of their horse and the date the horse was moved into NI to enable certification.
  • while their horses are in NI, they will have to be accommodated, under veterinary supervision, separate from horses which are not eligible for certification into the EU.


This guidance assumes listing by the EU as a third country. If the UK is not granted listed status and becomes an unlisted third country, then no equines will be able to move from the UK to the EU.

For the latest guidance on EU exit and moving equines visit:

This guidance is accurate as of 15/03/2019.

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