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  • USDF Championships eligibility

    I've never tried to qualify for the USDF championships before because I think it used to say in the eligibilty requirements, that you have to be a US citizen. But when I was looking something up for someone else today, I noticed it does not say that anymore, does this mean they changed it? I am a permanent resident and I would like to participate, but I do not have citizenship

    Thought I'd ask here, before adding all those $10 fees for qualifying to my entries just to find out I'm not eligible

  • #2
    Yes, they dropped the citizenship requirement.


    • #3
      Yes, yaya is right.
      I am also not a citizen, but I qualified for the regionals


      • #4
        I was wondering, how is it for the NAJYRC?


        • Original Poster

          DutchDressageQueen, did you just qualify, or did you already participate in the championships as well?

          I had a Canadian friend that got qualified, and then when she entered the championship show she was told she wasn't allowed to compete! This was years ago, but I would hate for that to happen

          My DH says I should just email the USEF/USDF and get a definite answer in writing...doesn't seem like a bad idea.


          • #6
            For NAJYRC, you cannot compete on a US team, but you can compete as an individual after you request and are granted permission from both USEF and the NF of your country of citizenship.

            The procedure can be found on the USEF website under Disciplines:National Dressage:Selection Procedures-Juniors (or Young Riders, whichever applies).


            • #7
              Originally posted by Libera View Post
              DutchDressageQueen, did you just qualify, or did you already participate in the championships as well?

              I had a Canadian friend that got qualified, and then when she entered the championship show she was told she wasn't allowed to compete! This was years ago, but I would hate for that to happen

              My DH says I should just email the USEF/USDF and get a definite answer in writing...doesn't seem like a bad idea.
              Years ago, she would not have been allowed to compete. They just changed it a year or two ago.


              • Original Poster

                Oh I'm sorry, also meant to mention, it's not that I don't believe you! It's just that I'm very paranoid now

                Do you know why they changed that requirement?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Libera View Post
                  DutchDressageQueen, did you just qualify, or did you already participate in the championships as well?

                  I had a Canadian friend that got qualified, and then when she entered the championship show she was told she wasn't allowed to compete! This was years ago, but I would hate for that to happen

                  My DH says I should just email the USEF/USDF and get a definite answer in writing...doesn't seem like a bad idea.
                  I just qualified (just go to the preliminary lift of qualified riders/horses and I am under third level JR/YR region 3. Jeanine Biemond and Valenzo.

                  The regional championship for region 3 is in October ( 14-16) at the HITS on Ocala

                  and yes, emailing them would be a good idea. If you do, please let me now their reply.


                  • #10
                    "U.S. residents who are non-U.S. Citizens and are domiciled in the U.S. may request permission to compete as an individual in the NAYRC by following the procedure listed below:
                    1) Riders must be domiciled in the United States.
                    2) Riders must complete and submit a NAYRC Declaration of Intent to USDF in accordance with all payments, requirements, and deadlines. A copy will be forwarded to the USEF Dressage Department.
                    3) Rider, horse and owner must comply with USDF membership requirements as outlined in Articles VII-VIII below.
                    4) Rider must obtain written permission, in English, from their national federation of citizenship (NFC), to compete in the NAYRC.
                    5) Rider must have an FEI registration and all required national federation memberships processed through their NFC. Written confirmation of fulfillment of these requirements, in English, must be provided to USEF and USDF. Rider will also be responsible for payment of International High Performance (IHP) dues with entry to NAYRC (as outlined in Article VII Sections 8-9.
                    6) Horse must have an FEI passport and FEI registration, processed either through the rider’s NFC or USEF (dependent upon owner’s nationality).
                    7) Horse/rider must fulfill minimum qualification requirements, including but not limited to minimum number of scores, minimum average, freestyle score requirement, etc. as outlined in Articles XI and XII, below.
                    8) Rider’s NFC will be responsible for submitting rider’s entry in principle, nominated entry, and definite entry in accordance with all deadlines as published in the event schedule.
                    9) If rider competes in the NAYRC, he/she will be eligible for ribbons only, and will not be eligible for medals, titles, or other Rider is solely responsible for the fulfillment of all requirements as outlined above."

                    I think I'll wait with participating in the NAJYRC (youngriders) until I am a citizen


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Libera View Post

                      Do you know why they changed that requirement?
                      I think the main reason was because entries in regionals were dropping.

                      There were also many foreign citizens living in the US who wanted to participate, and I believe some of the European championships allow non-citizens to compete, so they (EF & DF) wanted to follow suit.