Competitors please be aware that the “50 Penalty Rule” will not be enforced at National Eventing Competitions in 2017.
As the FEI is testing the “50 Penalty Rule,” The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced to Organizers that they will not be enforcing this rule, which appears in the rulebook under EV141.1 a. 6 and EV142.2 b, by way of a Presidential Modification.
As the season is picking up in our southern states, many competitors are getting ready to leave the startbox. If you are heading off to your first competition of the year, you have surely remembered to renew your USEA membership and sent in all the necessary paperwork, but have you checked that you are entered in an appropriate division?
A rider division is open to competitors who have not completed an event above the next highest level in the last five years. For example, if Suzy successfully completed a Preliminary event in 2014, she cannot enter the Novice Rider division this weekend.
With the first competition of 2017 kicking off this weekend, now is a great time to give yourself a refresher on the rule changes going into effect this season. As a reminder, all members are expected to be familiar with all USEF General Rules and USEF Rules for Eventing. These rule changes, which went into effect on December 1, 2016, are identified in italics. Click here for the complete USEF Rules for Eventing. Good luck this season!
EV104 Participation [CHAPTER EV-1 General Rules For All Eventing Competitions]