Jul 18, 2024

New Eventing Rule Changes Going into Effect December 1, 2024

Following the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) summer meeting, 11 new rules changes for the 2025 eventing season were approved to go into effect starting Dec. 1, 2024. Now is a great time to begin familiarizing yourself with these upcoming adjustments to make sure you are in compliance come the 2025 season.

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Jun 09, 2024 Rules

Rule Refresher: The Five Tenants of Schooling

You’ve made it to your event, your trailer is unloaded, your tack room is set, and your horse is settled—time for a little bit of schooling the day before the competition begins! Did you know there are rules around schooling under section EV111 of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rules for Eventing? Brush up on your knowledge before your next event to make sure that you are compliant before your next competition!

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Apr 14, 2024 Rules

Rule Refresher: Everything You Need to Know About Microchips

To chip or not to chip? That won’t exactly be the question anymore as of Dec. 1, 2025. In order to help prepare USEA members for this upcoming rule change, which was approved in December of 2023 by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), we have dedicated this edition of Rule Refresher to the topic of microchips.

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Mar 22, 2024 Rules

Rule Refresher: Rules You Should Know for Competing at the Starter Level

With the Starter level now fully endorsed by the USEA, many competitors are taking advantage of competing at this level in hopes of accruing year-end points on the USEA leaderboard and securing their qualifications for the 2024 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. For those who are new to competing with the USEA or new to the Starter level, we thought it would be beneficial to dedicate this month’s edition of Rule Refresher to all things Starter related!

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Nov 21, 2023 Rules

2025 Rule Change Proposal Comment Period Now Open

Each year the USEA opens up the opportunity for membership to weigh in on rule change proposals applicable to the sport of eventing and now is the time for our membership to weigh in on rule change proposals for the 2025 competition year.

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Sep 27, 2023 Rules

New Eventing Rule Changes Going into Effect October 1, 2023

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.

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Aug 13, 2023 Rules

Rule Refresher: Loss of Qualifications

Sometimes things don't go according to plan while competing, and you and your horse may have to drop down a level and re-qualify for the level you wish to be competing at. The USEF Rules for Eventing outlines loss of qualifications for horses and athletes to make sure you know what you need to do to move back up safely.

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Jul 16, 2023 Rules

Rule Refresher: Wait...What Does that Flag Mean?

There is no better feeling than galloping through your cross-country course feeling like you are hitting every distance right out of stride and making easy work of the time... and then you see a few jumps in close proximity to one another and think to yourself, "Wait, which jump is mine?" Knowing the different flags you might encounter on cross-country and what they mean is critical to your success in this phase of eventing. Thankfully, these flags are clearly outlined in the USEF Rules for Eventing, and we have included the applicable excerpt to help you better understand.

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Jun 25, 2023 Rules

Rule Refresher: Cross-Country Phase Obstacles

The cross-country phase is what makes eventing stand out among equestrian sports. There’s an adrenaline rush riders experience when out on cross-country that is unmatched in eventing’s other phases. The cross-country course also gives each show and venue its unique flavor. Nonetheless, while each course may be different, the rule below from the USEF Rules for Eventing governs what riders and horses can expect to see during the cross-country phase of an event.

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May 21, 2023 Rules

Rule Refresher: What Is Considered Unauthorized Assistance in Show Jumping?

Show jumping: some eventers love it and others stress out about memorizing their course more than they do their dressage test. Running through courses at home regularly in your lessons can definitely help with perfecting the strides between lines or helping boost your memory on what jump comes next, but assistance during your round at a competition is strictly prohibited. What does that mean truly for you as the athlete? We've outlined the rule below from the USEF Rules for Eventing that addresses unauthorized assistance in show jumping to help you better understand what help you can and cannot receive while in the ring.

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May 05, 2023 Rules

Rule Refresher: New Rules Approved by the USEF Go Into Effect May 1, 2023

The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors met in mid-April and approved proposed extraordinary rule changes which apply to the sport of eventing. These rule changes went into effect on May 1, 2023, and the official USEF Rules for Eventing has also been updated. In order to best help competitors prepare for these new updates, we have provided outlines below, specifically to the most highly-discussed rule change proposal surrounding falls on cross-country outlined in rule EV122.

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