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FITE

About

The Fédération Internationale de Tourisme Équestre (FITE) was founded in 1975 at the initiative of France and in conjuction with Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.

Its purpose is to gather national equestrian tourism organisms (NETOs) throughout the world. Its will is to represent them and supervise their actions in order to develop touristic activities involving equines.

It is administrated by a General Assembly and a Board of Directors. Its head and administrative office is based in Lamotte-Beuvron (France), in the offices of the French Equestrian Federation (Fédération Française d'Equitation, FFE). The FITE is handling the technical matters of its activities thanks to a Technical Delegate and through the work and proposals of commissions. They aim to create rules and to develop competitions of outdoor and traditional riding, such as TREC or working equitation.

The internationalization of the organization, the sharing of tasks and services is a reality for the FITE. Our board is representative of good relationships between men and countries. No borders, several flags, a single banner to defend the interests and the future of outdoor riding and horseback travelers.

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It oversees both equestrian tourism and equestrian sports.

No borders, several flags, a single banner to defend the interests and the future of outdoor riding and horseback travelers.

The disciplines it supports

  1. Equestrian tourism
  2. TREC
  3. Driving TREC
  4. Working equitation
  5. joëring
  6. Horseback archery

FITE's priorities

  1. International exchanges
  2. Training of professional and leisure riders
  3. Equestrian tourism output
  4. Equestrian tourism infrastructures (routes, paths and trails, bed and breakfast...)
  5. Equestrian tourism activities and competitions

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By topic

Hiking

The FITE supports and accompanies the development of transnational equestrian routes on an international scale. To do so, a study about cross-border link has been carried out. This study demonstrated that the international organization of equestrian tourism differs between countries. Thus, the FITE is willing to conduct an alignment of safe and recognized equestrian routes on an international level. Those include places where riders can take a break and where horses may benefit from requiered services. The FITE joins outdoors sports meetings on an European scale in order to represent equestrian tourism on an international level. The FITE is also involved with associations promoting rurality.

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By topic

Training

The freedom to travel is intimately linked to the ability to be autonomous and responsible in a natural environment. Training is therefore an essential part of the equestrian tourism offering. While it primarily concerns managers, i.e. those responsible for guiding and accompanying riders on trails, it also concerns riders, who seek to acquire the skills specific to outdoor riding.
For over fifteen years, under the impetus and with the help of the FITE, many NETOs have been comparing their teaching methods in order to harmonize their respective diplomas, where professionalism and quality are the watchwords in a world that is increasingly demanding in terms of safety, reliability and comfort. Equestrian tourism diplomas have also been included in the IGEQ (International Group for Equestrian Qualifications) equivalence grid, following work carried out by the FITE.

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Competition

The freedom to travel is intimately linked to the ability to be autonomous and responsible in a natural environment. Training is therefore an essential part of the equestrian tourism offering. While it primarily concerns managers, i.e. those responsible for guiding and accompanying riders on trails, it also concerns riders, who seek to acquire the skills specific to outdoor riding.
For over fifteen years, under the impetus and with the help of the FITE, many NETOs have been comparing their teaching methods in order to harmonize their respective diplomas, where professionalism and quality are the watchwords in a world that is increasingly demanding in terms of safety, reliability and comfort. Equestrian tourism diplomas have also been included in the IGEQ (International Group for Equestrian Qualifications) equivalence grid, following work carried out by the FITE.