Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion. Please note that every effort is made to ensure that all rule citations are current and correct as of the publishing date, however, USEF and other organizations continuously make rule changes throughout the year and with each new year.
February 2010 Newsletter
Jumper Riders - Know your Numbers, Know your Paperwork
Starting with the 2009 competition year (December 1, 2008), jumpers no longer are required to have an USEF horse recording even if the competition for which they were entered offered prize money in excess of $2,500.00. This was a significant change after many years of requiring jumpers to be Recorded. All animals (academy and opportunity excepted) competing at a hunter/jumper competition have to have an USHJA horse registration number which is the same number as the USEF horse ID. If a horse had a recording number or horse ID prior to paying the one-time $30 USHJA fee, the number stayed with the horse. If a new horse applies for an USHJA registration, it simultaneously gets an USEF horse ID.
We still find many jumper exhibitors who continue to pay for their annual horse recording not realizing the change in the rules. SOME JUMPERS STILL NEED TO BE USEF RECORDED. If you are competing in USEF Computer-listed Grand Prix, your horse must be recorded. If you wish to accumulate points for HOTY Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper, your horse must be recorded. If you wish to accumulate points for Zone Child Jumper or Adult Jumper, your horse must be recorded. If you wish to be ranked for consideration for Pony Finals, your pony must be recorded. If you wish to be ranked for consideration for Prix de States or NAJYRC, your horse must be recorded.
As a side note, if you apply for a horse registration online before a competition you now get a number assigned immediately. UNFORTUNATELY, the payment of the USHJA registration fee is not immediately posted through the website so you still need to print your receipt to show proof of payment to the show office; the horse number is helpful but not adequate. All exhibitors have the option of completing a horse application at the competition.
For those competing in Computer-listed Grand Prix, there is the additional cost of the "International High Performance Fee" which is $35.00 per horse&rider combination per Grand Prix. The rules provide for a cap of $420.00 per competition year (December 1- November 30). The rules also provide that this fee may be prepaid at $420.00 which is equivalent to twelve (12) Grand Prix events. If you have a campaigner, this may be an excellent option. You can still utilize this option if you have already competed in Grand Prix for the current year. There are complete instructions (which must be followed accurately) and forms are at
http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/international.aspx Once the prepaid IHP fee is documented by USEF, you must present proof of prepayment to each competition at which you enter a grand prix.
If you wish to pay for the IHP "as you go" then you are urged to keep a detailed record of which events charged the IHP, including proof of payment (most likely this would consist of a show invoice itemizing the IHP fee). Please note that the USEF will only consider one refund request per year, and any refund request must be submitted to the Federation office by December 30th of the current year. For example, if you hit the $420 in August, you might want a refund for fees paid in September and October, but if there is any chance you may compete in November, wait until your season is complete. But do not wait too long; you must submit the request with all necessary documentation in December or your overpayments is a "contribution" to USEF.
Remember the IHP is for each horse/rider combination. So Rodney Jenkins may compete in twenty Grand Prix during the year, but if he is doing so on four horses, none of which does more than twelve events, there will be no refund available.
Pay what you must, know what you must pay, and keep your paperwork proving you have paid.