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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. 

2013 June Rule Review

The Grass is Always Greener

Green Reinstatement

 

We have recently had several exhibitors inquire about the process of reinstating their horse/pony's green status.

 

green horses Back in the dark ages, once you "broke your green," it was irreversible regardless of your horse's performance, health or exhibitor intentions.  Thankfully, now an exhibitor is able to recover the important "green" status if their horse's showing has fallen within a defined range of activities.  HU103.1 / HU103.2

 

GREEN HUNTER

 

"A Green Hunter  is a horse of any age in its first or second year of showing in any classes in which the national specifications requires horses to jump 3'6" or higher, regardless of whether or not the fences are actually set at 3'6" or higher at Regular Competitions or Eventing Competitions of the Federation or Equine Canada or any national or international competition . . . A horse's green status is considered to be broken once it competes over fences 3'6" or higher."  The last sentence means if you actually jump 3'6" or higher, regardless of the unrated class description, you have broken your green status.

 

Green reinstatement may be granted one time for a first year horse and one time for a second year horse. HU105.1.e.

 

PREGREEN HUNTER 

 

For 2012, the Pregreen Rules were "national."  For 2013, the Pregreen Rules went back to Zone Specific but eleven Zones have decided to use the USEF default rule HU106.3.  Zone 9 has a slight variation of the default rule but adopts the national standard for reinstatement.

 

"A Pre-Green Hunter is a horse of any age in his first or second year of showing over 3' or 3'3" fences that has never competed over fences 3'6" or higher.  [emphasis added]  A horse that receives a 1st Year Green Reinstatement may return to Pre-Green if it is otherwise eligible.

 

What does the last sentence mean?  A horse that competed in 2011 at 3', then competed in 2012 at 3', then jumped 3'6" in 2013 but sought a 1st Year Green Reinstatement IS NOT eligible for the Pre-Green Hunter division. It may show below 3'6" until it is ready to "break its green," but not in the Pre-Green Hunter division.  On the other hand, the horse that competed in 2011 at 3', did not show in 2012 at 3' or higher, then jumped 3'6" in 2013 but sought a Reinstatement IS eligible for a second year of Pre-Green jumping at 3' or 3'3".

 

What about the second example in the prior paragraph?  The horse jumped 3' in 2011.  If it had not competed in more than four (4) competitions  prior to September 2011 and if it was not shown at (3' or higher) after September 1st of the same year, it would be eligible for Pre-Green Reinstatement.  HU106.3.e.

 

If the horse sat out 2012 as in our example, it can begin again in 2013 with two years of eligibility in the Pre-Green Hunter Division.   Or it could just commence its two years in 2012 if it was ready to compete.  Seems a bit confusing, but the general idea is you get one bite of the Granny Smith apple. 

  granny smith

PONY HUNTER

 

"A green pony is a pony not exceeding 14.2 hands of any age, in its first year of showing in any classes that require ponies to jump the regulation height or higher for its respective section at a Regular Competition of the Federation or Equine Canada or any national or international competition"  HU104.1.

 

AND NOTE THIS PROVISION:

 

Showing in Canada over fences at or higher than the regulation height for the pony's section under Equine Canada rules breaks the pony's green status for the purpose of this Rule and Federation rules whether or not the regulation height for the pony's section under Equine Canada rules is less than, equal to, or greater than the regulation height for the pony's section under Federation Rules."  HU104.1a

 

In plain English, a pony in Canada that shows in a recognized pony hunter class at an Equine Canada competition has broken its green, regardless of what height it actually jumps.  EC rules provide for small ponies to jump 2'3"; medium ponies to jump 2'6"; and large ponies to jump 2'9".  EC rules, Section 6, Chapter 3, Article G302.

 

Green Reinstatement may be granted one time for a pony.  HU105.1.e.

 

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR REINSTATEMENT?

 

The application must reach the Federation office on or before November 30th of the year of withdrawal.  The request must be made during the year in which [pre-green/green] status was broken.  HU106.3.f / HU105.1a.  The animal must not have competed at more than four (4) competitions prior to September 1st.  HU104.1 / HU106.3.e.  In addition the horse that has competed in the Junior Hunter Championships or an International Hunter Derby within the same year is not eligible for a first year green reinstatement.  HU105.1.  By inference, a second year green reinstatement is solely limited by the number of competitions, not by participation in specific classes.  A pony that has competed in the National Pony Finals is not eligible for green reinstatement.  HU105.1.

 

The reinstatement application must be accompanied by (1) a processing fee: (2) a list of competitions with dates where the horse competed at its regulation height or higher; (3) the horse's name; and (4) the horses recording number.  HU106.3g / HU105.1.b.  If the horse is not recorded at the time of the request, it must be recorded at the time of the application.  HU106.3i / HU105.1d.

 

In conclusion, Reinstatement is a wonderful option for an animal that is accidentally shown in the wrong class, has competed prematurely for its development, or sustains an injury which curtails its learning opportunity.  It is not intended to make a horse "evergreen."

 

Remember - green side up!