Rules

Feb 26, 2021

Update on Appendix 3 Rule Change Proposal

Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).

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Feb 17, 2021 Rules

Virtual Rules Webinar to Take Place on Tuesday, February 23

After the popularity of Rules Open Forum held virtually during the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in December, the USEA Competitions, Calendar, and Rules Committee decided to host another Rules Webinar to share information about the extraordinary rule changes going into effect on April 1, 2021 and the rule change proposals being put forward to the USEF by March 1, 2021 for approval for the 2022 competition season.

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Feb 12, 2021 Rules

Rule Refresher: Extraordinary Rule Changes Taking Effect April 1, 2021

Every year, the USEA has the opportunity to submit rule change proposals to go into effect during the current competition year as a part of the extraordinary rule change process. Rules approved through the extraordinary rule change process this year will go into effect on April 1, 2021. This year, the USEA has submitted four extraordinary rule changes for consideration by the USEF.

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Jan 15, 2021 Rules

Rule Refresher: 2021 FEI Rule Changes

There are currently 34 FEI events on the U.S. Eventing calendar for 2021 with the first taking place in mid-March. While all national events in the U.S. follow the USEF Rules For Eventing, international events follow the FEI Rulebook.

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Dec 26, 2020 Rules

Rule Refresher: Am I Qualified?

In just a few short weeks, the first events of 2021 will take place in sunny Florida on the East Coast and in California on the West Coast. For those lucky riders headed south to escape the snow, it's time to send in those entries, practice those dressage tests, and polish that tack in preparation for the start of the season. For the rest of us sticking out the winter up north, there's still time for some more winter gridwork before the season starts.

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Dec 08, 2020 Convention

VIDEO: Rules Open Forum with Malcolm Hook

The Rules Open Forum, typically one of the most popular sessions at the USEA Convention, is led by Malcolm Hook, Chair of the USEF Eventing Rules Working Group and a member of the USEA Competitions, Calendar, and Rules Committee. The Rules Open Forum will discuss changes to the USEF Rules for Eventing for the upcoming competition season. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear which changes are coming and why they are in place.

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Nov 15, 2020 Officials

With All the Talk About Safety Lately, Everyone Wants to Know, “Is This Safe to Jump?”

As a rider, coach, and designer, I think trusting your gut instinct is a key element to success! Do not be afraid to ask questions. Talk to your trainer, to the officials, and those around you. If you are unsure of the best approach for a line, or a particular obstacle continues to stand out in your mind, talk it through with someone until you become clear on your plan.

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Nov 07, 2020 Rules

Rule Refresher: Changes to the USEF Rules for Eventing in 2021

US Equestrian (USEF) has released the updated USEF Rules for Eventing for the 2021 season which will go into effect on December 1, 2020. Changes this year include relaxed dress requirements, riders will no longer be required to wear a medical armband (unless they have a relevant medical condition), activating a frangible device will now carry a penalty of 11 points, and this coming year we will see the addition of the new Modified Three-Day Event!

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Oct 11, 2020 Rules

Rule Refresher: Your Dressage Rules Cheat Sheet

If you've been following our Rule Refresher series, you've seen the article on the dressage test and scoring for the dressage phase. But wouldn't it be nice if we collected all the rules you need to know for the dressage phase, including dress and equipment rules, all in one spot? We thought so too!

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Sep 13, 2020 Rules

Know Your Rules: COVID-19 Clarifications

It was very exciting to see horse trials running again! There was, however, some confusion due to the new USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, so here are some points of clarification.

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Sep 04, 2020 Rules

Rule Refresher: Levels of Horse Trials

There are seven distinct levels of competition offered in USEA recognized competition starting with the lowest, Beginner Novice, and ranging all the way up to the most difficult, Advanced. The Modified level, between the Training and Preliminary levels, is the newest level, introduced in 2017 to bridge the gap between the upper and lower levels.

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