Nov 26, 2021

What You Need to Know: New Eventing Rules Effective December 1, 2021

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
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With the new competition season kicking off officially on December 1, it’s time to brush up on the USEF Rules For Eventing ! There are five new rules and amendments that will take effect at the start of the new season regarding competition approvals, officials, and more. To access the full 2022 USEF Rulebook, click here.

EV 121 Calendar Approval Process and Federation Guidance

An addition to this rule was made regarding eventing competition standards in point two as follows: EVENTING COMPETITION STANDARDS. The Eventing Competition Standards apply to all National levels of Eventing Competitions. Refer to Annex 5 on the Federation Website for the USEF/USEA Eventing Competition Standards.

EV 134 Dressage Rules

A new rule was added to this list that reads as follows: Judges must be given at least a 30-minute lunch break and at least a 10-minute break every 2 hours. A prior agreement should be met between the judge and competition if a judge will be required to officiate longer than 8 hours in one day, or be required to be on the show grounds longer than 10 hours.

EV 169 National Horse Trials and EV 170 National Three-Day Events

A clarification has been made as to which officials are required at Nationally rated horse trials and three-day events for all levels Beginner Novice-Advanced.

EV 171 Ground Jury

In Section 1 of rule EV 171, further clarification was added to dictate that family members of the cross-country course designer or show jumping course designer are not allowed to serve as the Ground Jury at any event.

EV 172 Additional Judges

Clarification was added to indicate that if the cross-country course designer and show jumping course designer are different individuals, that the show jumping course designer may serve as an additional judge if they are licensed to do so.

In addition to the five rules above, the following changes to the rulebook are pending approval by the USEF Board of Directors.

EV 108 Exercising and Warming Up

Placement poles are not permitted at National Horse Trials.

EV 153 Faults

This clarification was added in to solidify that a rider may not request permission to continue on with cross-country after receiving a CR penalty.

Jul 03, 2022 Intercollegiate

A Day in the Life with USEA Intercollegiate Member Hannah Warner

Hannah Warner wears many hats: student at the University of Kentucky, UK Eventing Team President, competitor, and head groom for Alexa Ehlers. Fitting in all of her roles and responsibilities into her day-to-day life can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that Warner finds rewarding. The college senior is working towards a business degree through UK's online business program, so Warner is able to get creative with her schedule to pursue all of her academic and eventing related goals.

Jul 02, 2022 Area Championships

Twelve Area III Champions Crowned at 2022 Area Championships

The Area III Championships kicked off the 2022 USEA Area Championship season June 24-26 at the Stable View Summer H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina. Offering 12 different championship divisions from Intermediate to Beginner Novice, the championships were highly contested as riders from all across Area III put in a gallant effort in hopes of being deemed division champion. The USEA caught up with many of the individual champions to look back on their performances in Aiken that helped them bring home the top prize.

Jul 01, 2022 Young Riders

USEA Announces Athletes for the 2022 Emerging Athlete 21 Program

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the athletes selected for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program. USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under are eligible for the program, which aims to creates a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.

Jul 01, 2022 AEC

Countdown to AEC: 2 Months Away! Tentative Competition, Entertainment Schedules, & More!

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are just two months away. The AEC moves to the mountains this year, taking place at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana across a long Labor Day weekend.

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