Excerpt from The Irish Horse World, March 5th, 2005:
Horse and Pony Owners who fail to comply with the equidae passport law which was introduced last October could be facing a maximum fine of €3000 if caught. From now on Department of Agriculture monitoring officials can appear at any equine event, including shows, events, sales, pony measuring and hunter trials and request a passport to be produced for any animal present. Failure to do so could result in an on-the-spot fine of €100, which must be paid within 28 days.
Spot checks will be carried out by Dressage Ireland officials at summer shows to ensure horses entered in the show have their passports with them and at the National Championships passports must be produced in the office when horses are being declared. No horse will be allowed to compete at the Championships without a passport and up to date fluvac.
Dressage Ireland will only require vaccination boosters once per year, as opposed to the twice yearly boosters imposed by FEI.
However, riders wishing to compete internationally will need to be in order with their horse's vaccinations as per FEI rules.
These can be checked with FEI or their website: www.fei.org