Rules: How long will it take to get amateur status back?
This is not a question about the rule itself -- there is NO question I am now an amateur again. The last time I taught a lesson or had any other income related to horses was Thanksgiving 2002.
I also haven't shown or been a USAE (or whatever it is now called) member since probably 2001, because it is too expensive to maintain when I'm not showing. I am hoping to perhaps show again in the next year or two, though, and want to be in the amateur divisions where I definitely now belong skills-wise.
How long does the reinstatement process take once I get all my stuff together? I don't want to wait too long and be stuck in the pro divisions where I definitely no longer fit in. Any advice?
You should contact USEF or else check out their website to be certain, however, I seem to remember reading other threads about this same topic, did you do a search? For some reason I think you must wait 12 months from the time you notify USEF that you are giving up your professional status but I could very easily be wrong about that.
Thanks, I am aware of the reinstatement rule. Under the rule you have to certify that you haven't engaged in professional activities for 12 months, but you don't have to wait 12 months after filing paperwork. I haven't engaged in professional activities for nearly seven years so that is no problem. I will be able to get my letters, etc.
I was just wondering if anyone knew in practice how long it generally takes after you submit the paperwork for the Hearing Committee to do their thing -- not how to meet the requirements themselves. I will ask USEF, but was hoping to get some BTDT feedback from people who have done it or knew someone who knew someone for whom it took six months/a year/whatever.
My reading of it is it will take as long as it takes you to get together the necessary notarized letters and 50 dollars, and get it in the mail to USEF, plus however long itis until the next meeting of the hearings committee.
Since you have already spent over 12 months non-pro, you won't have to wait another 12 months.
It does seem a little odd or clubby or something that you have to find 2 Sr Fed members to vouch for your lack of professional activities, but dems da rules! Stay friends with USEF members!
Call and ask, but they usually meet twice a year to vote on amateur reinstatement. Once in the spring and once in the fall. Paperwork all has to be in quite a few weeks before the meeting to get on the agenda.
Not trying to start a trainwreck here but don't you think it is funny how hard it is to get back your amateur status. I mean it could take an additional 6 to 12 months AFTER you can prove that you haven't been acting as a professional for 12 months. Meanwhile, people are blantantly cheating all the time. I guess it's better to stay an amateur, unless you are going to be a rather large trainer with a string of horses and students, and cheat then to play by the rules and have to do all of this paperwork. I can see now why there are so many shamateurs, easier to take the risk, the penalty isn't all that harsh compared to the aggrevation of doing it right. Really not a very good governing system if you ask me. JMO