Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

How do I join?

To join or renew online, log in to USEA Online Services (create a new member profile if you haven’t logged in before) and select “Join/Renew Your Membership” from under the Membership Profile Dashboard section.

To join or renew by mail or fax, visit www.useventing.com, visit the Membership page, and download the USEA Membership Application. You can print the form, fill it out, and mail it to the USEA at 525 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176 or fax it to (703) 779-0550.

You can also join or renew by phone at (703) 779-0440 and select option 1.

Where do I find the membership application?

Visit www.useventing.com, click on “Membership”, and click on the link to USEA Online Services to sign up. You can also visit the Forms and Documents page (Events + Competitions > Resources > Forms + Documents) and download the hard copy of the USEA Membership Application.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept checks, U.S. money orders, and credit cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

I am under 18 years old and would like to become a USEA member and compete at USEA recognized competitions. What level of membership is appropriate and what are the benefits?

A Junior Membership ($95) would fit your needs. Members receive four issues of the award-winning color magazine Eventing USA, access to the USEA Archive publications, a member card, decal, access to the USEA Member Rewards Program, and enjoy all voting rights as well as all competition privileges and discounts from our sponsors.

I am over 18 years old and would like to become a USEA member and compete at USEA recognized competitions. What level of membership is appropriate and what are the benefits?

You should join as a Full ($120) or Life ($1,500) Member. Members receive four issues of the award-winning color magazine Eventing USA, access to the USEA Archive publications, a member card, decal, access to the USEA Member Rewards Program, and enjoy all voting rights as well as all competition privileges and discounts from our sponsors.

How do you determine someone’s age for purposes of being a Junior or Full member?

You are considered a Full Member at the beginning of the calendar year of your 19th birthday.

I love the sport of eventing but I am not competing right now and would just like to keep up with what’s going on in the sport through the magazine. What type of membership is appropriate and what are the benefits?

We offer a Supporting Membership ($55) which entitles the member to receive four issues of the award-winning color magazine Eventing USA, a member card, and decal; enjoy all voting rights and discounts from our sponsors; and receive the weekly eNewsletter and access to the online Eventing USA archives. If you decide at any time that you’d like to upgrade your membership, you may simply log in to USEA Online Services and pay the difference.

I compete at Beginner Novice. Do I have to be a USEA member?

Yes, membership is mandatory at the Beginner Novice level.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I still become a member?

Yes – the USEA welcomes people of all nationalities! Canadians and Mexicans can become Full Members for $150 (with Eventing USA magazine subscription) or $120 (without Eventing USA magazine subscription) and Supporting Members for $55.

I’m only competing in two events at the end of the year, do you have a membership level for this?

Yes. This membership option is available for September 1 - November 30 of each year to those who register for a Full or Supporting Membership for the coming year. This is not a standalone membership. You will receive all membership benefits with this membership

How long does a membership last?

Memberships last from December 1 – November 30.

How do I print my member card?

Log in to USEA Online Services and select “Print Temporary Member Card” from under the Membership Profile Dashboard section. (Note: you must have Adobe Illustrator to print your card).

How do I find my competition record?

Log in to USEA Online Services and select “My Competition Record” from under the Xentry section.

I heard that the USEA sends out eNewsletters. How do I get on that list?

You will automatically be included on eNewsletter mailing list if you are a USEA member at any level. If you’re not ready to become a member yet, you can still receive these electronic communications visiting www.useventing.com, scrolling to the bottom, and inputting your email address in the “Subscribe to the USEA eNewsletter” box.

Will I be notified when I need to renew my membership?

Yes, you will be notified via email when it is time to renew your membership.

Will I be contacted if I signed up for Auto Renewal?

Yes, you will be notified by email one month leading up to membership renewals. At this time you can make any changes you wish to your account (adding Area programs, updating your credit card, etc.) Notices will be sent weekly until October 1 at which time your account will be charged.

If I move to a new address, or my email address or phone number changes, what are the best ways to update my contact information?

There are several ways to update your information:

  • 1) Change it yourself by logging in to USEA Online Services and selecting “Edit My Profile” from under the User Profile section;
  • 2) Fax or mail the changes to the USEA headquarters at 525 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176 or (703) 779-0550; or
  • 3) Call the Membership Department at (703) 779-0440.
  • 4) Send us an email at [email protected] with your new information.

Once I am a member, what data can I get from the USEA website, i.e. my competition record, my horse’s competition record, etc.?

You will be able to access both your and your horse’s complete competitive records through Online Services. You will also be able to access the competition records of other horses in the event you are in the market for a new horse and want to check its record. You will also be able to access the complete archive of Eventing USA magazine and special discounts through the Member Rewards Program.

Horse Registration

How do I register my horse?

To register online, log in to USEA Online Services, select “HORSE REG” from the main menu, and follow the instructions.

To register by mail, email, or fax, visit www.useventing.com and navigate to Events + Competitions > Resources > Forms + Documents > USEA and download the USEA Horse Life Registration From. You can print the form, fill it out, and mail it to the USEA at 525 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176, email it to [email protected], or fax it to (703) 779-0550.

You can also register by phone by calling the USEA office at (703) 779-0440.

As a horse owner, do I need to be a USEA member?

No, horse owners do not need to be USEA members.

What types of horse registrations are there?

There are several types of horse registration:

  • 1) Full Status ($200) – mandatory for Modified level horses and above;
  • 2) Limited Status ($100) – appropriate for horses competing at Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels and/or Young Event Horse divisions for 4- and 5-year-olds.
  • 3) Upgrade to Full Status ($100) – for horses upgrading from Limited Status to Full Status.
  • 4) FEH Upgrade to Limited Status ($50) - for horses upgrading from FEH to Limited Status.
  • 5) FEH Upgrade to Full Status ($150) - for horses upgrading from FEH to Full Status.
  • 6) Full Lifetime USEA Registration ($50) - discounted fee only available for horses in their first calendar year of their life.

I only plan to compete my horse at Beginner Novice this year. Does my horse need to be registered?

Yes, all horses and riders competing at the Beginner Novice level or higher must be registered with the USEA with either a Limited or Full Status.

So, if my horse is not registered, any competition results that he gets during that time period will not appear on his record and won’t count toward year end awards or as qualifying results for competitions like the American Eventing Championships or Area Championships?

Correct – all the more reason to register your horse! Organizers will be notified and you will not be allowed to compete without the proper registrations.

How do I print a copy of my horse’s card?

Log in to USEA Online Services and select “My Related Horses” from under the Horses section. Then, select the “Print/View Horse Card” icon (Note: you must have Adobe Illustrator to print your card).

My horse was registered with the USEA through his previous owner. How do I let the USEA know that there has been a change in ownership?

The USEA no longer requires the submission of bills of sale for horses registered with the Association. Additionally, the USEA will no longer track horse ownership. Any information on horse ownership provided to the USEA by the Horse Account holder will be used solely for promotional purposes as a benefit to the USEA Horse Account holder, however the USEA cannot acknowledge nor prove horse ownership. When a transfer of a USEA Horse Account has been initiated an email will be generated to the previous account holder on file with the USEA. The primary, or -syndicate representative, account holder will be notified. When acknowledgement has been received, the transfer of the Horse Account will be completed. Please note: Only one (1) Horse Account per horse. Multiple accounts are NOT allowed and will be merged to the original account. No refunds will be issued for duplicate horse registrations. For questions, please contact the USEA office at [email protected] or 703-779-0440 x 1.

I’d like to change my horse’s name. How do I do that? Is there a fee?

Log in to USEA Online Services and select “My Related Horses” from under the Horse section. Click the pencil and paper icon beneath the horse whose name you wish to change. Scroll to the “Name Change” section and select “Yes,” then enter the horse’s new name, enter your payment information at the bottom, and click “Submit.”

If you wish to submit a change of name by mail, email, or fax, print a USEA Horse Life Registration Form (found under Events + Competitions > Resources > Forms + Documents > USEA) and submit to the USEA at 525 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176, [email protected], or (703) 779-0550. You can also call the USEA at (703) 779-0440 to make the change. There is a $25 fee for the change.

How do I obtain a Passport for my horse?

You must contact the USEF for this information. Click here for details.

I want to compete in an FEI competition. What must I do?

To compete in FEI competitions you and your horse must be members of the USEF (www.usef.org) and the FEI (www.fei.org). You and your horse must also have the appropriate qualifications. Please be sure to read the FEI Rulebook.

Amateur Riders

The application has an Amateur Rider Declaration, and it references rules GR 1306, 1307, and 1308. How do I find those rules so that I can determine if I am an Amateur Rider?

You may find the rules regarding Amateur status in the USEF Rules for Eventing here.

When I filled out my application to join/renew, I forgot to check the box on the Amateur Rider Declaration. How do I change my status to Amateur Rider?

If you did not declare amateur status when you joined/renews, please call the USEA office at (703) 779-0440, select option 2, and we will assist you.

When I filled out my application to join/renew, I forgot to check the box on the Amateur Rider Declaration. I have since competed at several events, and one of those will have qualified me for the American Eventing Championships. I’d like to compete in the Amateur division at the American Eventing Championships. Is that still possible?

Unfortunately, amateur status declaration starts at the time the USEA has been notified of your Amateur status. It is not retroactive. If you did not indicate on your application, you will be automatically default to Professional status. Amateur points will start accruing at the time of declaration.

Do not send in your entry to the organizer until you are sure that it is correct. You can check your amateur status by logging into Online Services or looking on the USEA website.

SafeSport

Why do I need to be SafeSport certified?

Any USEF Competing Member who is 18 years or older is required to take the SafeSport training, including amateurs, professionals, juniors who are 18 years or older, and owners who have an annual, three-year, or lifetime membership. Others required to take the SafeSport training include USEF licensed officials, Chefs d’Equipe, Staff, Board Members, Competition Management, Coaches, Human Physios, Farriers, Trainers, Veterinarians, and Selectors hired or contracted by USEF. However, the SafeSport training requirement does not apply to USEF Subscriber Members or USEF Competing Members under the age of 18.

Who should I contact for SafeSport?

You can contact the USEF Safe Sport team via email at [email protected] or call them at 1-800-633-2472 extension 1153. For immediate assistance, please contact Kirstin McCutchan at [email protected].

Where can I find more information about SafeSport and its purpose?

You can visit the following URL to learn more: https://www.usef.org/faqs/safe-sport.

Do I need to be SafeSport certified if I’m competing at the Training level or below?

No, the USEA does not require its members to be SafeSport certified if they are competing at the Training level or below. However, if you are have an ACTIVE membership with USEF, Safe Sport certification is required (regardless of level).

Is a Fan membership with the USEF subject to SafeSport Training?

No, Fan membership is not subject to SafeSport Training.

Why did I get fined by the USEF/SafeSport?

You may have received a fine due to a SafeSport violation in the past.

I have not renewed my USEF membership, and I’m only competing at the Training level or below. Why am I not allowed to compete?

If you have a SafeSport violation, you must remove it to compete at any level.

Why can’t I compete at the lower level without paying my fine to the USEF?

You cannot compete at any level with a SafeSport violation. You must remove the violation to participate in any USEF or USEA events.

I’m a parent of a minor who is competing at the Modified and above level. Why did I get fined by the USEF?

If you are signing as a parent for a minor at the Modified and above level, you must be an active USEF member and be SafeSport certified.

As a Trainer, Coach, Owner, am I subject to SafeSport Training?

Yes, if you are participating in Modified and above levels, you must be SafeSport certified.

Whose responsibility is it to report an issue?

All members and participants must report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport conduct of which they become aware that could constitute (a) sexual misconduct, (b) misconduct that is reasonably related to the underlying allegation of sexual misconduct, and (c) retaliation related to an allegation of sexual misconduct. This report must be made within 24 hours of learning about the alleged misconduct.

Competitions

I checked my competition record on the website and saw an error. Who do I contact to fix this?

Please contact Competitions Manager Hannah Seagle at [email protected] or (703) 779-0440 ext. 3008.

I’m on the hunt for a new horse and have one I’m very interested in. I’d like to check its competition record. Is this possible?

Yes. Go to www.useventing.com and type the horse’s name in to the search box on the home page. You will be able to see results from the last two years. If you would like to see a complete competition record, log into Online Services and select “Search Competition Records” under the Horses section.


After a competition is over how long will it be before I can expect to see the results for that event on the website, and before my personal competition record will be updated?

The USEA asks organizers to submit their event results to us immediately following the completion of the event. Once the organizer submits their event’s results, members can expect to see those results online immediately and the competition records updated within ten business days.

USEA American Eventing Championships

I am interested in competing in the USEA American Eventing Championships. What is the qualifying period, and where do I find the qualifications?

Visit the AEC section of the USEA website for information on qualifying for the AEC.

USEA Young Event Horse Programs

I’d like to compete my horse in the USEA Young Event Horse Series. Does he have to be registered with the USEA?

Yes, your horse will need a Limited Status ($100) registration. Please submit a copy of your horse’s breed papers to Kate Lokey at [email protected] or (703) 779-0440 ext. 3020.

I am an event organizer and am interested in hosting the YEH Program qualifying event. Who do I contact?

We always welcome new competitions to our calendar – please contact Director of Programs and Marketing Kate Lokey at [email protected] or (703) 779-0440 ext. 3020. You can also simply fill out a Registration Form for Eventing Tests: YEH, NEH.

I’d like to obtain more information on the YEH Program, including dressage tests, scoring procedures, calendar, etc. Where do I go?

Please visit the YEH Program page of the USEA website. All the resources you need can be found on the right-hand side of these pages.

Donations

I’d like to make a donation to the USEA. How can I do that?

The USEA appreciates support of all kinds – no amount is too small! You may donate to the USEA Foundation and all of the various programs at the USEA by visiting www.useventing.com and clicking on “Donate” in the top right-hand corner of the page.

I see that there are different options regarding donations, including “Where it is needed most,” “Securing the Future,” and a list of programs. What are the differences between these categories?

Donating “Where it is needed most” puts your dollars to work immediately in support of the USEA. Donating to “Securing the Future” ensures the long-term future of the USEA and sport of eventing in our country. If you have a favorite program you’d like to support, such as the Volunteer Incentive Program or the USEA Young Event Horse Program you may select that option when donating. All donations are tax-deductible.

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