Can I use magnetic stirrups in competition?

Simon Geldner Updated by Simon Geldner

Our non-magnetic stirrups Ophena A are allowed across all disciplines worldwide!

Our magnetic safety stirrups Ophena S and Ophena S Pro are compliant to the rules of the organisations and disciplines listed below.

  • Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI): Showjumping approved & Endurance approved (latest guidelines update)
  • British Showjumping (BS): Approved
  • Belgian Equestrian Federation (FRBSE - KBRSF): Showjumping approved
  • Danish Equestrian Federation (Dansk Ride Forbund): Showjumping approved
  • Danish Icelandic Horse Federation (Dansk Islandshesteforening, DI): Approved
  • Fédération Française d'Equitation (FFE): Showjumping approved
  • United States Hunter Jumper Association: (​​USHJA): Showjumping approved
  • United States Equestrian Federation (USEF): Showjumping approved
  • Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri (FISE): Showjumping approved
  • Norges Rytterforbund (NRYF): Showjumping approved
  • Swedish Equestrian Federation (Svenska Ridsportförbundet): Showjumping approved
  • Svenska Islandshästförbundet (SIF): Approved.
  • Islandpferde-Reiter- und Züchterverband Deutschland (IPZV): Approved
  • Österreichischer Pferdesportverband (OEPS): Showjumping approved
  • British Dressage (BD): Not competition approved*
  • British Eventing (BE): Not competition approved* (but BS-legal)
  • Pony Club UK (PCUK): Not approved*
  • United States Dressage Federation (USDF): Not competition approved*
  • Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung e. V. (FN): Currently not competition approved*

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and should be seen as a guideline only. It was created to the best of our knowledge and we try to keep it updated, but rules can change over time. We know of our stirrups being used in competitions in over 40 countries, and we recommend to check directly with the respective equestrian federation or club.

Compensating Aid for Para Dressage 

  • In most federations, assessment is made on an individual basis. Please contact your equestrian federation for details.
  • FEI Para Dressage: Magnetic Safety Stirrups are approved as a standard compensation aid (According to the latest Guidelines)
  • USEF Dressage: Magnetic stirrups are generally permitted (according to USEF 2020 Rulebook, Chapter DR308 7e (p. 521)). But since the stirrup has an open side, it would more than likely be reviewed by the classifiers or the USEF Adaptive Sports Committee to ensure safety on an individual basis. 

Please help us extent this list. If you have gotten approval from your local federation, let us know :)

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