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$1250 "commercial" fee to register with FEI???

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  • $1250 "commercial" fee to register with FEI???

    Need advice. Working on getting an FEI passport for our 8-year-old who is being competed for us by a young rider at Skyeler Icke Voss's barn. In the last year, we have added WE to our horses names to try and increase exposure. Got this from the USEA, and wondering if others have had this issue. I cannot imagine rider's who have bought horses are willing to pay this. We certainly cannot afford it. We already hemorrhage money doing this:
    USEF: "Hello, I am working on the new passport application for FEMME FATALE WE and had an issue. The current name of the horse, FEMME FATALE WE, would be classified as commercial name. The FEI charges a name change fee of $1250 for a commercial name (company/brand, stable, group of persons/associations, and/or a person’s initials). If you choose to keep the name FEMME FATALE WE in the passport, you would have to pay the $1250 FEI Name Change Fee. No fee required if the name is kept as FEMME FATALE in the passport Please let me know how you’d like to proceed."
    Me: "She has never had an FEI passport before. We already paid a USEF name change fee."
    USEF: "The FEI would view FEMME FATALE WE as a commercial name and charge the $1250 commercial name fee. For us to issue a passport with the name FEMME FATALE WE, you would have to pay the $1250 FEI Name Fee. We can drop the WE from the name, so the horses name in the passport would be Femme Fatale, at no additional cost or fee."
    Seems to me like another blow for smaller breeders who already cannot hope to compete with the big sales barns like the Cooley and Fernhills of the world....

    ****UPDATE. USEF is contacting the FEI to see if they can make an exception since we bred the mare. Fingers crossed!!!!

  • #2
    Yes, they're pretty strict about it. My horse was registered with the FEI as "HORSE STUD" and with USEF as "HORSE de STUD." USEF offered to change it to match FEI for free. FEI was adamant that I had to pay $1250 if I wanted it to match USEF. I had USEF change it for free since I didn't really care.

    Since you bred the horse, it isn't really commercial though. It's just adding the breeder suffix. That said, mine was more of a typo than anything. Certainly not commercial.


    • #3
      FEI is rather fanatical about their money. Too bad they don't want to put any of that effort into things like, oh I don't know, horse welfare in their sports???
      "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"


      • #4
        Whatever you do, don't tell the FEI you changed your OTTB's real JC name, or they'll make you pay for that, too. My former CCI2* horse was registered with USEA, USEF and shown only as All Aboard for his entire career. I wanted to include his breeding on his FEI passport, so I dutifully noted his registered racing name as well as his competition name. Oh great heavens, the horror that ensued (wanting a copy of the papers, which I never had, wanting JC approval of the name change, uh no...). I wasn't going to pay 1k to MAINTAIN my horse's only real show name! Per USEF "under the table" advice, I removed his JC name from the passport altogether, leaving only "All Aboard" and his real sire/dam.

        I can understand discouraging frequent name changes, and commercial tags. But some OTTBs really need a new name!
        A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
        ? Albert Einstein



        • #5
          I am a little confused.

          You say
          In the last year, we have added WE to our horses names to try and increase exposure.
          That sounds like advertising/commercial use to me.

          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2017.


          • #6
            Thats a hefty fee! I wonder if they will do that for all the breeder initials that are at the end of so many names here and on their official papers. I certainly couldn't afford that kind of fee per horse.
            Majestic Gaits-Dutch Warmbloods,#1 USEF Dressage Sporthorse Breeder. #1 KWPN-NA Jumpers.Standing Navarone,Schroeder,Dante MG.VDL Frozen.