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USEF Rule Change Proposals

As part of our ongoing effort to educate members, USDF is dedicated to making this rule page a resource for information on new rules, the rule proposal process, approval process, and other helpful information regarding rules affecting dressage.

All members are encouraged to review active rule change proposals and provide feedback. This can be done by attending the USEF Rule Change Forums that are scheduled during the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention. Members are also encouraged to contact your PM or GM Delegates and encourage them to attend any relevant meetings, or forums, that are held during the convention. You may also provide feedback directly to USEF.

Below are active rule change proposals that have been approved by the USEF Dressage Committee, and will be submitted to the USEF Board of Directors for approval. For a complete list of USEF active rule change proposals, click here.

For a complete list of USEF rules changes that have been approved click here.

For a summary of the 2016 USEF Rule Changes which effect dressage competitors, listen to this audio featuring ‘R’ Technical Delegate Janine Malone.

For a review of the changes to the USEF Vaccination rule, listen to this audio featuring Dr. Laura Werner, Associate Veterinarian with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Dressage Chapter Rule Changes

USEF Tracking #Rule ReferenceChapter/Subchapter
There are no proposed changes at this time
USEF Tracking #Rule ReferenceChapter/Subchapter
129-15 DR 135.2 Pony Measurement
398-15 DR 102.1 The Halt
402-15 DR 111.3 Work on Two Tracks and The Lateral Movements - Travers
509-15 DR 116 The Impulsion, The Submission - willing cooperation
510-15 DR 116.2 The Impulsion, The Submission - willing cooperation
511-15 DR 117.7 The Position and Aids of the Rider - willing cooperation
476-15 DR 118.2 Tests for Dressage Competitions - purpose of levels of competition
512-15 DR 118.3 Tests for Dressage Competition - willing cooperation
475-15 DR 119.1 Participation in Dressage Competitions - age of horse
445-15 DR 119.2 Participation in Dressage Competitions - FEI five-year-old tests
253-15 DR 119.11 Participation in Dressage Competitions - compensatory aids
516-15 DR 119.12 participation in dressage competitions
251-15 DR 119.13 Participation in Dressage Competitions - PE classification card
518-15 DR 121 Saddlery and Equipment - bridoons
141-15 DR 121.1 Saddlery and Equipment - saddle pads, logos
167-15 DR 121.1 Saddlery and Equipment - logo on saddle cloth
513-15 DR 121.3 Saddlery and Equipment - curbs
140-15 DR 121.7 Saddlery and Equipment – body tape or bands
514-15 DR 121.7 Saddlery and Equipment - sponsor logos
515-15 DR 121.13 Saddlery and Equipment - saddlery and equipment
250-15 DR 122.1 Execution and Judging of Tests - PE classification card
520-15 DR 122.5 Execution and Judging of Tests - judging tests
438-15 DR 122.7 Execution and Judging of Tests - Judging comments
521-15 DR 122.9 Execution and Judging of Tests -judging tests
522-15 DR 123.4 Scoring, Classification and Prize-Giving - scoreboards
437-15 DR 123.6 Scoring, Classification and Prize-Giving - scoring championship
436-15 DR 124.1 Elimination
139-15 DR 124.3 Elimination - judge must consult with steward/td
133-15 DR 125.5 Competition Licensing and Officials - dressage TDs officiating twice
434-15 DR 125.5 Competition Licensing and Officials - TDs
433-15 DR 125.7 Competition Licensing and Officials
432-15 DR 126.3 Requirements for Dressage Competition Management - TDs for level competitions
132-15 DR 127.4 USEF/USDF Qualifying and Championship Classes - number of tests ridden
431-15 DR 133.2 Dressage Seat Equitation - rider and horse memberships

General Rules that may be of interest to the dressage community are listed here:

USEF Tracking #Rule ReferenceChapter/Subchapter
021-16 GR 1038 Conflict of Interest and Restrictions – Stewards and Technical Delegates
USEF Tracking #Rule ReferenceChapter/Subchapter
474-15 GR 123 Definitions and Governance - Family
261-15 GR 142 Definitions and Governance/Para-Equestrian – FEI classification
388-15 GR 205 Membership/Non-Members – show pass fee
473-15 GR 301 Competition Licensing
008-15 GR 410 Therapeutic Substance Provision
287-15 GR 414.5 Drugs and Medications/ Prohibited Practices - kinesiotape and patches
131-15 GR 512.1 Measurement of Entries/Questioning and Protesting - Dressage measurement protests
143-15 GR 801.4 Conduct of Licensed Competitions/Attire and Equipment - safety vests
127-15 GR 807.2 Conduct of Licensed Competitions/Competition Awards, Honors and Prizes - prize ribbons
136-15 GR 821.1 Conduct of Licensed Competitions/Competition and Class Conditions and Eligibility - opportunity classes
187-15 GR 845.1 Conduct of Licensed Competitions/Welfare of the Horse - vaccinations
291-15 GR 914.3 Competition Prize Lists and Entries/Submission, Acceptance, and Refusal of Entries - horse inspection
166-15 GR 1002.1 Licensed Officials Committee/Applications - licensed officials evaluation
188-15 GR 1009.1 Licensed Officials/Classifications - recorded judge
162-15 GR 1034 Regulations Governing Officials/Stewards and Technical Delegates - steward and td responsibilities
164-15 GR 1038.10 Regulations Governing Officials/Conflict of Interest and Restrictions - steward and td responsibilities
130-15 GR 1034.2 Regulations Governing Officials/Stewards and Technical Delegates - dressage TDs officiate second competition
163-15 GR 1035 Regulations Governing Officials/Special Duties of a Technical Delegates - steward and td responsibilities
043-15 GR 1040.8 License Applications, Enrollment, Promotion and Maintenance/General - license applications
037-15 GR 1040.13 License Applications, Enrollment, Promotion and Maintenance/General - reinstatement of license
036-15 GR 1041.2 License Applications, Enrollment, Promotion and Maintenance - clinic and officiating requirements
042-15 GR 1049.4 License Applications, Enrollment, Promotion and Maintenance - dressage judges
310-15 GR 1102.1 Federation Records and Awards/Horse Identification and Recording - horse recordings
283-15 GR 1211.4 Regulations Governing Officials/Stewards and Technical Delegates - veterinarians contact information
270-15 GR 1211.5 Duties of Competition Management/Appointment of Officials and Employees - infectious disease protocol
267-15 GR 1301.9 Responsibilities/General - safety stirrups
260-15 GR 1310.1 Competition Dispensations - Dispensations
259-15 GR 1311 Competition Dispensations - PE eligibility/classification
256-15 GR 1313.1 Competition Dispensations/Applying for Para-Equestrian Classification
257-15 GR 1313.1 Competition Dispensations/Applying for Para-Equestrian Classification
254-15 GR 1315.1 Competition Dispensation - PE - definition of terms
263-15 GR 1316.6 Return to Competition - accidents involving competitors