USEF Rules Review & Interpretation
last updated Sunday, May 28, 2017
USEF Announces New Rule Changes
Published Date: Jan 27, 2017
RULES EFFECTIVE FOR 2017 COMPETITION YEAR

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 actions 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.

HK110 Hackney Division of Classes

  • Requires classes with 16 or more entries to be divided. Gives competition management discretion on how to divide

SB111 American Saddlebred Division of Classes

  • Reduces the maximum number of entries allowed to compete in classes.
RULES EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2018 COMPETITION YEAR

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

GR1070 American Saddlebred Judges

  • Requires clinic prior to learner judging
  • Applicant may be denied due to little or no experience with breed
  • Require 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 horse 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

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; including one entry classes.

EQ118 Tests

  • 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

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