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.
Ten USEF rule changes you might not know yet:
1.For HOTY/Zone Points in hunter classes, now three horses need only COMPETE. Compete is getting over at least the first jump over fences or entering the ring for under saddle classes. HU132
2.Junior riders competing Green Ponies but not Regular Ponies are not restricted at what height they may compete in other classes. HU110.10
3. In and outs are optional for Pony Handy Hunter classes. HU122.6.
4.Measurement card is required for any animal entered in any class restricted to ponies. HU170.1, EQ102.8 JP118.4.b.
5.Junior riders competing in Junior 3'3 may not compete at the same competition at 3'6 or higher in the hunters, higher than 3'7 in the equitation division or higher than 1.1m in the jumper division except Children's Jumper not exceeding 1.15m; horse may not cross enter Junior 3'3 and Junior 3'6 at the same competition. H 111.13
6. In classes below 1.20m and/or offering less than $1000, a standing martingale may be used. Classes offered at 1.20m or above and/or offering $1000 or more only running martingales in the conventional manner may be used. JP111.1 Draw reins may be used at any height in classes offering less than $1000, however, ponies may not be ridden by a Junior in draw reins or German martingales at any time. JP111.3 [no change]
7. Use of stirrups that have entirely black branches in equitation is cause for elimination. Eq 109.4 [this includes all classes - adults, short stirrup, etc.]
8. For all exhibitors competing in the hunter, jumper, or hunter seat equitation section, if a rider's chin strap becomes unfastened, the rider may stop, re-fasten the chin strip and continue his/her round without penalty or elimination. GR801.3
9. Only active Senior members of USEF (or Equine Canada) may obtain amateur status. GR1307.1
10. A person is a professional if he/she rides, drives or shows any horse that a cohabitant or family member (or their business) receives remuneration for boarding, training, riding, driving or showing. HU1306.4.f [This includes riding done away from the competition.]