General Presentation

General Presentation

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The International Federation of Equestrian Tourism (FITE) was created in 1975 on the initiative of France, supported by Belgium and Italy. Its objectives are to unite National

Equestrian Tourism Organizations (NETOs) from all over the world, in order to represent
them, coordinate their action and foster the development of all tourism activities involving the use of horses.

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Message from the executive


" FITE. The futur is in our hands "

Equestrian Tourism is now an economic reality and one of the surest ways of developing riding. Equestrian Tourism has appeal. People like its values: focused on human relationships, leisure time and the environment. It brings a breath of new life to the rural world, enabling it to diversify and open up onto new perspectives.
Equestrian Tourism creates jobs and is a source of social and economic opportunity.
It reinstates the nobility of equestrian professions: liveries, catering, farriery, animal feeds,
makers of tack, carriages, equestrian clothing and equipment, etc.
It helps protect the environment. Focusing on a reasonable adventure in the company of an animal whose history has been intimately linked with mankind for thousands of years.
Equestrian Tourism fosters human relationships, social mixing, exchanges between riders and the populations that they meet on their travels. Whilst respecting other equestrian spheres, such as traditional equestrian sports, it offers riders an alternative, a different vision and a different relationship between man and animals
Without any doubt, Equestrian Tourism has now become the future of riding.
The FITE is its international spokesperson.

Frédéric BOUIX, President


" FITE. Incontinuous training... "

Présentation générale

From the outset, training has been a fundamental part of the practice and development of the "Equestrian Tourism activity.
Primarily, it concerns those in charge, in other words the people with responsibility for guiding and accompanying their customers on trail rides, but it also involves the riders themselves on an individual level.
Naturally, the freedom to travel is closely linked to the ability to be independent and responsible in a natural environment.
This ability requires knowledge that goes well beyond that of riding. This has been a constant focus of those in charge of the NETO's. Encouraged and assisted by the FITE, over the past 15 years a certain number of NETO's have compared what they teach and the content of their training courses. Having observed the points of convergence, they have signed a convention of equivalence between their respective qualifications.
Professionalism and quality are the key words in a world that is increasingly demanding in terms of safety, dependability and comfort.
However, things are constantly changing. Technical comparisons are made on an ongoing
basis and qualifications are updated to move towards even better standards.
It is also the FITE's role to lead this quest for excellence that underpins the credibility of
equestrian tourism. It must do this with national, international and European institutions as well with the public at large.

Frédéric Pierrestiger, Secretary General


" TREC. A great source of pride "


TREC (Equestrian Trail Riding Techniques Competition) was developed through the desire to
enable outdoor riders to compete with one another on their own terms, in the place that they know best: the natural environment. The three phases: POR (Optimum Speed and Orienteering Course), PTV (Cross Country Trials Course) and MA (Control of Paces) simply express what outdoor riders do every day. Without knowing it, all trail riders do TREC. Besides its increasing popularity and respect, TREC is the best way of training riders and horses in all the subtle aspects of trail riding.
For the FITE, TREC brings together riders in a friendly competition with a strong focus on sport. It is a chance to meet, exchange and get to know one another.
These competitions help competitors and their horses to improve, preparing them for major
meetings and encouraging other riders to emulate them. The importance now given to junior riders emphasizes that value has nothing to do with your age.
TREC has become remarkably popular in the past twenty years. Today it is a premier event, a real showcase in which the FITE is justly proud.

Bernard Pavie, Treasurer


"Working Equitation. One of our priorities"


Working Equitation, is a discipline which preserves and develops equestrian skills related to the driving and sorting of cattle. It is a traditional riding style practiced in many countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. This growing interest throughout the world is an important factor.

Three major objectives of Working Equitation, among others, should be emphasized:

1. To encourage breeding
Contribute to the selection and to the improvement of the more suitable horses for a
professional cattle work rider.
2. To promote the cultural traditions
Transmit and encourage the technical riding and training of horses in the sorting of cattle.
3. To develop the economic impact
Promote in Europe and worldwide, the opportunities for the horse industry, by developing
equestrian activities with the basic technical riding style of working equitation and to make the horses more popular to a wider public.

Young riders TREC European championship 2019


The young riders TREC European championship 2019 take place in Brachfeld (Germany) from the 29 to 31 August. This year, the Junior competition by pair is proposed. You can find all information in the 2019 TREC rules updated in April. 

Information and registration here

500 riders for the 500 years of Chambord

The FITE is a partner of the 500 riders of Chambord, organised for the anniversary of the Renaissance. French Equestrian that we know today take its origins in this period of history. This event is an opportunity to celebrate the history of Chambord with a hiking and equestrian strolling. See you on June 29th and 30th, 2019!

Equirando 2019

The Equirando returns from August 1st to 4th, 2019 in the Haras de Breviaires in Yvelines. As in previous editions, the FITE is one of the main partners of the event.

The Eurasian

The FITE support the Eurasian project aims to connect in Grenoble to Vietnam. This project promotes soft traveling, develop equestrian routes in many countries, but also bring the need for equestrian cross-border agreements.


Memorandum of Understanding FITE-FEI


FITE - Parc Equestre Fédéral - La Colonie

41600 - Lamotte