Friday, Mar. 1, 2024

Microchips, Earbuds And Amateur Jumpers: What You Need To Know From USEF Rule Changes



Hunter/jumper competitors take note: The official start of the 2018 show season on Dec. 1 meant that a few rule changes kicked in. Visit the USHJA website for a full list of rule changes, but here are a few of the more interesting rule changes:

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Heads Up, Juniors and Amateurs

  • There is now an amateur jumper division. This national division, which includes a USEF Horse of the Year award, does not require that riders own the horse they compete. Riders may compete at the following fence heights: 1.20/1.25-meter, 1.30/1.35-meter and 1.40/1.45-meter.
  • Junior/amateur jumper classes that have both 15 or more junior entries and 15 or more amateur entries must be divided and prize money doubled. Before splits were based on the first class entries only. This rule doesn’t apply to special classes like combined classics or the highest prize money class of the section.
  • Adults may ride ponies in competition as long as the pony is not competing in a rated pony hunter section, a WIHS pony equitation class or a USEF pony medal class with a junior. Rated pony divisions include children’s pony hunter, green pony hunter, regular pony hunter. This rule does not apply to pony jumpers or at multi-discipline or multi-breed shows.

Chronicle reporters will be on the scene in San Antonio, Texas, during the USHJA Annual meeting, Dec. 10-14 to keep you up-to-date with stories on on the conversations happening there.




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