The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced Jan. 21 that it will be reevaluating the California hunter/jumper calendar for 2023. The board of directors voted Jan. 15 to effectively wipe away the current calendar and rebuild next year’s from scratch.
“The 2023 California hunter, jumper, hunter/jumper comparable date competition calendar will be vacated,” said USEF in a statement. “Competition organizers will submit a comprehensive list of events they wish to host in 2023.
“With a completely blank calendar, the federation’s CEO will engage with relevant stakeholders, including athletes, trainers and competition organizers, to discuss the complications faced in the California competition calendar and potential solutions,” the statement added. “Over the coming months, the USEF CEO and competitions staff will be traveling to California to tour facilities and meet with organizers and stakeholders.”
USEF said they will announce calendar decisions on April 25.
Last fall, USEF announced new additions to the Florida calendar for the first trimester of 2022. This came after a review of the mileage rule in the state. Because of this year’s success, the USEF board of directors also voted to perform a similar review for next year’s Florida circuit.
“The board approved a similar resolution for the 2022 calendar year, which proved successful and which resulted in the approval of 29 mileage exempt competitions,” said USEF. “The board believes a singular review of all relevant hunter, jumper and hunter/jumper mileage exemption requests taking place in Florida from December 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023 provides the USEF and its members with the most universal consideration of the competition landscape and ensures that sufficient competition opportunities exist to meet the needs of competitors.”
USEF will accept Florida mileage exception applications through June 1. License applications or modifications to existing license applications will be accepted no later than May 2. USEF will announce the final calendar on Sept. 1.