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USEF Rule Changes

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 USDF members are encouraged to review active rule change proposals and provide feedback in the form provided on the USEF website.

Below is a list of rule changes that were approved January 14, 2017 and pertain to dressage riders. For a complete list of approved rule changes click here.

Questions regarding USEF rules can be directed here.

Download the Complete List of Approved Rule Changes by Rule Reference
Tracking #Rule ReferenceDescriptionEffective DatePage #
303-16DR 111.3Work on Two Tracks and The Lateral Movements- Renvers4/1/2017252
116-16DR 121.2Saddlery and Equipment- Crescent noseband2/1/2017253
115-16DR 121.4Saddlery and Equipment - Crescent noseband2/1/2017254
308-16DR 121.7Saddlery and Equipment - Ver Tag4/1/2017255
309-16DR 121.9Saddlery and Equipment - Nose nets4/1/2017256
257-16DR 125.7Competition Licensing and Officials - Items to be reported4/1/2017257
311-16DR 126.0Requirements for Dressage Competition Management -Judge requirements for young Horse Championship classes4/1/2017259
312-16DR 126.3Requirements for Dressage Competition Management - Sound System for Freestyle Classes 12/1/2017261
314-16DR 129.6Musical Freestyle- sound system requirements12/1/2017263
315-16DR 129.9Musical Freestyle - Eligibility verification4/1/2017264
318-16DR 135.17Pony Measurement - USDF clinics12/1/2017265
317-16DR 203.17Definitions- Stallion12/1/2017266
404-16GR 201Membership Requirements Farm/Business12/1/201717
216-16GR 202Membership - Discipline 12/1/201721
348-16GR 839Cruelty and Abuse12/1/201738
349-16GR 843Horse/Pony Collapse12/1/201743
347-16GR 844Mandatory Necropsy12/1/201746
381-16GR 845Safety Preparedness12/1/201751
021-16GR 1038Conflict of interest4/1/201783
371-16GR 1049.3Dressage Judge continuing education12/1/201788
373-16GR 1051Dressage Technical Delegates Continuing Education12/1/201790

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