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All-Breeds Award Program FAQs

  1. What is the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards program?
  2. How does my horse become eligible for this program?
  3. What memberships/registrations are required for horse, rider and owner?
  4. How many competitions and scores are required to be eligible for an Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Award?
  5. Are scores required to be submitted to USDF at the end of the competition season?
  6. What is the protocol for foals that do not have registration papers by September 30?
  7. How can I verify if an All-Breeds Declaration is on file with the USDF for my horse?
  8. What if I complete a transfer of ownership with USDF and my horse is already ranked in the All-Breeds preliminary rankings, will he stay there?
  9. Do all POs award certificates in all possible categories?
  10. What is the deadline for eligibility into the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards Program?
  11. Can I change my horse’s all-breeds PO declaration?
  12. When is the deadline for making any corrections?

What is the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards program?

Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of specific breeds in dressage. This is a joint awards program between USDF and specific breed registries or performance organizations, known as All-Breeds Participating Organizations (POs).

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How does my horse become eligible for this program?

USDF needs a copy of your horse’s breed papers and the All-Breeds Awards Declaration Form. Breed papers and the All-Breeds Awards Declaration Form can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to horseregistration@usdf.org. The All-Breeds Awards Declaration Form can be found at http://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/index.asp?TypePass=Awards.

If your horse is registered with a PO that does not participate in the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards program, a written declaration using the All-Breeds Awards Declaration Form for a USDF PO may be made. Before making a written declaration, USDF strongly suggests that the PO be contacted to ensure the horse is eligible to receive awards with them.

A current list of the All-Breeds POs can be found at http://www.usdf.org/awards/all-breeds/organizations.asp.

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What memberships/registrations are required for horse, rider and owner?

The horse must have a USDF Lifetime Horse Registration when scores are earned. The owner must have a USDF Participating Membership (PM) or Business Membership (BM) and be a member in good standing of USDF when score are earned. Rider must have a USDF PM and be a member in good standing of USDF when the scores are earned. It is recommended you contact your PO to ensure you are aware of their requirements.

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How many competitions and scores are required to be eligible for an Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Award?

  • Training, First, Second, Third, and Fourth Levels
    • Minimum of eight scores:
      • From four different judges
      • From four different competitions
      • Including two at 60 percent or higher from the highest test of the level
      • Median score of 60 percent or higher to qualify
  • Prix St. Georges, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Grand Prix
    • Minimum of four scores:
      • From four different judges
      • From four different competitions
      • Median score of 60 percent or higher to qualify

If competing for All-Breeds optional category awards (freestyle, adult amateur, junior/young rider, vintage cup, FEI five-year-old, FEI six-year-old, USEF four-year-old, materiale or dressage sport horse breeding) award rules pertaining to that division must be fulfilled.

To see a full list of rules and requirements, log into the USDF Web site and see the USDF Competitor and Member Guide .

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Are scores required to be submitted to USDF at the end of the competition season?

No, USDF keeps track of all scores obtained during the entire competition season, but competitors are responsible for monitoring their horse’s score check to make sure all competition results have been submitted and are entered into the USDF database correctly. The horse score check may be accessed at www.usdf.org/scorecheck/scorecheck.asp.

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What is the protocol for foals that do not have registration papers?

Owners of foals who have not yet received breed papers from their PO may submit prior to August 1 of the award year, a letter from their PO stating that the foal is eligible for All-Breeds awards from that PO.

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How can I verify if an All-Breeds Declaration is on file with the USDF for my horse?

An owner’s portfolio may be accessed at http://www.usdf.org/join/portfolio/horse-owners.asp. This portfolio will display all horses registered to you and will show if the horse has an All-Breeds declaration on file.

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What if I complete a transfer of ownership with USDF and my horse is already ranked in the All-Breeds preliminary rankings, will he stay there?

Check the USDF Competitor and Member Guide and current year score check to ensure that all scores have been recorded at USDF and that you have met the USDF minimum requirements for the award. If the horse has met all USDF requirements and is still not listed in the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds preliminary award standings contact your PO to make sure that the horse has met their minimum requirements and that they have marked your horse as eligible to receive awards with them.

The Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds preliminary award standings updates once a week. If all requirements have been met please wait a week to view the updated rankings before contacting USDF or your PO.

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Do all POs award all possible categories?

No, given that there are enough horse’s that have met the minimum award criteria in the open category, POs must award first and second place in each level (Training Level – Grand Prix) of the open category. POs have the option of awarding up to five places per level.

Given that there are enough horse’s that have met the minimum awards criteria, POs must award at least first place in each level of the optional categories that they have chosen to recognize. A list of which categories each PO has chosen to award can be found at: http://www.usdf.org/awards/all-breeds/organizations.asp.

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What is the deadline for eligibility into the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards Program?

A copy of the horse’s breed papers or letter from the PO (for foals that have not been issued breed papers yet) and the All-Breeds Declaration Form must be received by USDF by August 1 of the award year for the horse to be eligible for Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

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Can I change my horse’s all-breeds PO declaration?

Yes, once an all-breeds declaration has been made, it can only be changed by submitting the All-Breeds Awards Declaration Form ( link to http://www.usdf.org/docs/awards/all-breeds/DeclarationForm.pdf ) and the $50 declaration change fee by August 1 of the award year.

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When is the deadline for making any corrections?

The score correction reporting period closes as of October 15, 5:00 p.m. EST. There are no exceptions. No changes will be made to scores after October 15 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

For specific questions regarding the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Award Program, please contact allbreeds@usdf.org

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