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European Trotting Union

Union Europeenne du Trot
Formation 1973
Type Sports federation
Headquarters The country of the General Secretariat
Membership 18 national federations
Official languages French, English
President Patrik Sandin
Website http://www.uet-trot.net

The Union Europeenne du Trot, or in English, the European Trotting Union, also known by its acronym, UET, is the governing body of European trotting. The federations main purpose "is the promotion of trotting races and horse breeding in Europe as well as their integrity and prestige in the world".[1] Its headquarters are in the country of the General Secretariat and the federation's current president is Swedish Patrik Sandin.[2][3] UET has 18 member associations.[4]



Before 1973 there were two European trotting federations, the Continental Trotting Union (UCT) and the International Trotting Racing Union (UICT). In 1972, the two unions decided to form one joint federation, UET. Upon the formation in 1973, Pierre de Montesson of France became the first president of UET.[4]

Member countries

UET has 18 member associations. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden were the founding members in 1973. Since then have Finland (1974), Switzerland (1975), Spain (1977), Malta (1991), Czech Republic (1998), Slovenia (2005), Estonia (2006), Russia (2006) and Hungary (2008) joined the European Trotting Union.[4]


UET's above-mentioned purpose, to promote "trotting races and horse breeding in Europe as well as their integrity and prestige in the world"[1] is carried out through different methods. The organization tries to establish rules that are common to trotting in all Europe. It arranges events and aims to make sure that big races on different tracks do not overlap. Furthermore, UET claims to work against both doping and gambling problems.[5]

Events arranged by UET

UET Grand Prix

UET Grand Prix (Grand Prix de l'UET), also called the European Trotting Derby, is an event for European-born, four year old stallions and mares. According to UET, the events aim is to encourage breeding. The 2009 UET Grand Prix has a €460,000 purse.[6][7]

3-year-old European Championship

This championship is a race between 3-year-old European trotters (not geldings) that have been chosen to represent their different countries by the countries' national federations. The 3-year-old European Championship was created in 1984 and the 2009 edition has a purse of €150,000.[8][7]

5-year-old European Championship

The 5-year-old European Championship was created in 1967. The competing horses are picked by their national federations. Geldings are not allowed to race in the championship.[9] The 2009 5-year-old European Championship has a purse of €100,000.[7]

European Grand Circuit

The European Grand Circuit is a series of Group I races taking place in UET countries during a year. A bonus (5% of the total prize money) is distributed to the horses that finish in the top three overall.[10] In 2009, the circuit consists of 13 races: Elitloppet, Hugo Åbergs Memorial and Åby Stora Pris of Sweden, Gran Premio Lotteria, Campionato Europeo and Gran Premio Nazioni of Italy, Prix de France and Grand Critérium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur of France, Oslo Grand Prix and Forus Open of Norway, Finlandia-Ajo of Finland, Copenhagen Cup of Denmark and Grand Prix de Wallonie of Belgium.[11]

European Championship for apprentices

The national federations choose apprentices to represent their countries. The competition was founded in 1986.[12]

European Championship for drivers

The most-winning drivers of the UET countries face each other in this event, which was established in 1969. It is held every two years, in alteration with the world driving championship.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Article 1 - Objects". Constitution of the European Trotting Union. pp. 1. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/pdf/en/const.pdf. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  2. "Article 6 - UET's Headquarters". Constitution of the European Trotting Union. pp. 6. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/pdf/en/const.pdf. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. "UET Board". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=1.6&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "History". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=1.1&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  5. "UET Role". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=1.2&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  6. "UET Grand Prix". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=11.2&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "2009 Group I races calendar". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/pdf/en/gr.pdf. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  8. "3 years old European Championship". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=11.4&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  9. "5 years old European Championship". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=11.5&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  10. "2009 European Grand Circuit". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=11.3&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  11. "European Grand Circuit 2009". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/pdf/en/gc_current.pdf. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. "European championship for apprentices". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=11.6&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  13. "European championship for drivers". uet-trot.net. http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/index.php?rubrique=11.7&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 


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