Apr 12, 2024

Heads Up Competitors! Important Information Surrounding Entry Form and Liability Waiver Requirements for USEA/USEF Eventing Competitions

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When aiming to compete in a United States Eventing Association (USEA) recognized competition (national competition or international competition), licensed or endorsed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), understanding and fulfilling the specific requirements for entry forms and liability waivers is crucial. Here's a concise guide to navigating these essentials:

National Competition Entry Forms | Starter through Advanced Levels

Competitors must submit completed entry forms along with all corresponding entry and stabling fees by the event's specified deadline. Late submissions may be subject to additional fees or not accepted. (see EV110 / GR907 from the USEF Rulebook)

Access the USEA/USEF Horse Trials, Classic Three-Day Entry Form here.

International Competition Entry Forms | CCI- Short and CCI- Long Levels

FEI entries are only considered complete if the athlete and horse are entered with the competition and through the FEI Entry System located through the USEF Athlete Dashboard. Make sure you are also entered directly with the competition through their designated entry process listed on the omnibus page. Entries must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. EST of the definite entry deadline.

In accordance with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, all Horses competing at all FEI events worldwide must fulfill the Horse Health Requirements via the FEI HorseApp. Sanctions will be issued if the Horse Health Requirements are not fulfilled and the Persons Responsible will be informed accordingly.

For questions regarding FEI entries, please utilize the FEI Athlete Reference Guide.

Access the FEI Entry Form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Sign a Liability Waiver?

All competitors must sign a liability waiver acknowledging the risks involved in equestrian sports and agreeing not to hold the event organizers, USEA, or the USEF responsible for any injuries or damages. For competitors under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign the liability waiver, granting permission for the minor to compete and acknowledging the associated risks (see GR907).

Can I continue using my old, signed waivers for national or international competitions?

For those competing in Starter through Advanced national competitions or at the FEI level, you must complete the USEF Entry Agreement found on the second page of the entry blanks linked above, as well as a state-specific liability waiver corresponding with the location of the event. At this time, all liability waivers from previous years are no longer valid.

Per USEF guidelines, the new state specific liability waiver must be signed for each competition. You can complete the state-specific liability waiver online here and include the competition contact information at the bottom of the page to be sent electronically. If you prefer to email the form to yourself, the PDF file can be saved to your computer for future use and forwarded as an attachment in an email or printed later as needed. The online form is already incorporated into the Xentry system if you choose to enter competitions with it.

PDF copies of each state waiver can also be found here on the Federation's website.

What do I need to sign when participating in USEA eventing tests or educational activities?

For those participating in eventing tests such as combined tests, Young Event Horse (YEH) qualifiers, or New Event Horse (NEH) divisions that are not run in conjunction with a national horse trial, you are only required to complete the USEA entry agreement and release that accompanies the YEH/NEH entry form found here.

By filling out each entry form completely and understanding the implications of the liability waiver, competitors can ensure their eligibility and focus on their performance in the eventing competition.

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