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New USEF/USDF Agreement

, KYAs part of a series of improvements designed to relieve competition headaches for members and management, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) have agreed to begin joint recognition of dressage competitions in the United States. Beginning in 2006, dressage competitions recognized by the USEF will also be recognized by the USDF, eliminating the need for show organizers to apply for USDF recognition. In addition, competitions will be given one recognition number, which will be shared by both organizations.

“This is what USEF/USDF members and competition managers have asked for—a reduction in the paperwork and hassle that comes with separate USEF and USDF systems,” says John Long, USEF Chief Executive Officer. “We’re cutting the red tape for them. Both organizations have pledged their commitment to reduce this extra paperwork that so many members and organizers find burdensome.”


“The implementation of USEF/USDF Joint Show Recognition is a significant step to streamlining our sport by reducing the duplication of effort between USEF and USDF,” continues Stephan Hienzsch, USDF Executive Director. “We look forward to additional cooperative efforts in the areas of joint membership and horse registration that will benefit our mutual members and dressage.”


In the coming months, the USDF will be requesting additional information from competition organizers and will be notifying them of guidelines and administration fees. To review an outline of requirements, please visit:


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