Skip to content

USEF Announces Rule Changes



The following are new rule changes from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

RULES EFFECTIVE FOR 2017 COMPETITION YEAR

Effective 12-1-16

EQ115 Good Hands
• Changing names from NHS Good Hands to The Good Hands

RD101.1 Roadster Eligibility
• All horses competing in Roadster Horse classes must have a Roadster ID number issued by the ARHPA



Effective 2-1-17

HK103.2 RD103.1 and SB102 Welfare Rules
• Eliminating use of any chemical or other irritant to alter the pony/horse's tail carriage
• Eliminating use of chains or rollers as action devices on the competition grounds
• Adding stipulations/explanations regarding shoeing and surgical release of tails
• Removing reference to cob tails and docked tails; requiring appearance of short tail

SB157.5 Western Country Pleasure
• Allows professionals (with restrictions) to compete in Junior Horse, Maiden/Novice/Limit Horse classes in addition to prospect and open classes.



Effective 4-1-17

HK110 Hackney Division of Classes
• Requires classes with 16 or more entries to be divided. Gives competition management discretion on how to divide.

RD109.7 USTA Roadster Classic
• Changing qualifying period for 2018 competition

SB111 American Saddlebred Division of Classes
• Reduces the maximum number of entries allowed to compete in classes.



RULES EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2018 COMPETITION YEAR

GENERAL


GR1056 Hackney Judges
• Requires clinic prior to learner judging
• Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with breed
• Learner judge under a minimum of two different Registered "large R" judges

GR1069 Roadster Judges
• Recommends clinic prior to learner judging
• Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with discipline
• Learner judge a minimum of five Roadster classes
• Learner judge with a Registered "large R" judge

GR10170 American Saddlebred Judges
• Requires clinic prior to leaner judging
• Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with breed
• Required learner judge to officiate an additional competition unless one experience is on a panel of judges.

GR1071 Saddle Seat Equitation Judges
• Requires clinic prior to learner judging
• Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with discipline
• Require learner judge to officiate at an additional competition unless one experience is on a panel of judges.

GR135 Maiden, Novice and Limit Classes
• Allows horses to only "start over" by switching between driving and under saddle classes

GR839 Cruelty to and Abuse of a Horse
• A horse presented for competition must not exhibit signs of recent cruelty or abuse

GR844 Necropsy
• Outlines requirements for horses that die while at a Licensed Competition



HACKNEY DIVISION

HK135 Appointments
• Martingales are required in Hackney Roadster Pony classes


ROADSTER DIVISION

RD102.2 Type and Conformation
• Better defines the type of horse for the Roadster Division

RD106 Appointments
• How to handle and entry that does not have a standard size seat or proper vehicle for class


AMERICAN SADDLEBRED

SB101 Half American Saddlebred
• Adding rules for Half American Saddlebreds to compete

SB103.9 Attention Getting devices
• Strengthens competition management's ability to limit attention getting devices at designated times

SB104/1 Appointments
• Prohibits the use of and eliminates those that compete with a high tail crupper which attaches to the saddle.

SB108.3 Amateur Owner Trainer Classes
• Establishes perimeters regarding ownership, training, and professional assistance for AOT classes.

SB115.2 and SB1336 Park Horse Gaits
• Requires a Park horse to be shown at a Park Trot.

SB161 Saddle & Bridle's Working Western Pleasure Class
• Requires a minimum of three obstacles


SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION

EQ113 Bight of Reins
• Riders penalized for switching bight of rein to left side

EQ117 Championships
• Must work minimum number of riders per number of ribbons awarded in class
• Removing addressing reins as test. Separating tests 2 and 3 for clarity



RULES EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2019 COMPETITION YEAR

GR1202.1 Competition Manager
• Must complete education requirements


The complete USEF Rulebook may be viewed online.



More Stories

  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 12

    The final week of the 2022 #foalsNfocus program ended with an outstanding group of shots of foals from across the country. This week’s top three photos came from Washington, North Carolina, and Kentucky, respectively. Read More
  • UPHA Horsemanship Challenge Tee Shirts Order Deadline

    ASAW Summerfun Horse Show is happy to host the UPHA Horsemanship Challenge again in 2022. The order for the tee shirts the riders will be wearing must be placed before the entries close for the show. The order needs to be in by June 23.  Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 20 22 RC

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 20 22

    Read More
  • 2022 Indianapolis Charity Canceled

    Indianapolis Charity, scheduled for June 29-July 3rd, has been canceled. The show which has been a proud tradition in Indianapolis for 46 years has historically been held in early June. The Indiana State Fairgrounds facility was unavailable for those dates this year so the show was moved to the end of June.  Read More
  • Summer’s End Moving To World Equestrian Center

    Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete at the renowned World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida on September 8-11, 2022. The Summer’s End Horse Show is moving to this amazing facility and is sounding the call to come join in the fun. Read More
  • ASHBA is Launching a Monthly Giving Campaign!

    Monthly investments are the most surefooted way to help an organization plan for the future. Even a small donation can make a BIG impact! That is why the ASHBA is launching its monthly giving campaign... Read More
  • World’s Championship Horse Show Prize List and Entries Now Open

    Entry information for the World’s Championship Horse Show, the most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world, is now available online... Read More
  • Reception and Pop-Up Shops at the American Saddlebred Museum

    The American Saddlebred Museum invites everyone to a free Wine and Cheese Reception before the Lexington Junior League Horse Show on Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. See the new exhibit CH My-My, experience the newly renovated Elisabeth M. Goth History Wing, and enjoy a glass of wine.   Read More
  • Continuing The Conversation

    This series of Continuing TheConversation has been dedicated to a subject that affects every part of the show horse industry – breeding. Even if you’ve never thought of raising a foal, the breeding game has an effect on several things if you’re a participant in the show ring, from the availability of horses to purchase to the price of those horses... Read More