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 below and provide feedback in the form provided. Feedback will be considered by the USEF Dressage Committee during the USEF Rule Change Forum being held on Thursday December 1st, 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.
Below is a list of 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. Click on the description for details of the rule change and add your comments and feedback to the USEF Dressage Committee below:
|Tracking #||Rule Reference||Description|
|136-17||DR 112.5||Execution and Judging of Tests|
|135-17||DR 117.4||The Position And Aids Of The Rider|
|147-17||DR 119||Participation In Dressage Competitions|
|146-17||DR 119.1||Participation In Dressage Competitions|
|137-17||DR 119.4||Participation In Dressage Competitions|
|148-17||DR 121||Saddlery And Equipment|
|355-17||DR 121||Saddlery And Equipment|
|139-17||DR 121||Saddlery And Equipment|
|143-17||DR 121.4||Saddlery And Equipment|
|149-17||DR 121.7||Saddlery And Equipment - Red Ribbon|
|150-17||DR 122.13||Execution And Judging Of Tests|
|151-17||DR 123||Individual Classification|
|141-17||DR 123.2||Scoring, Classification And Prize-Giving|
|287-17||DR 125.4||Technical Delegate|
|144-17||DR 126.1||Requirements For Dressage Competition Management|
|152-17||DR 128.4||National Championships|
|138-17||DR 129.6||Musical Freestyle Ride|
|273-17||DR 138||Para Dressage|
|266-17||GR 1302.2||Professionals - Participation Requirements|
|211-17||GR 1316.4||Helmets In Rider Fall|
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135-17 DR 117.4 The Position And Aids Of The Rider
Thank you for allowing riders to pat their horses! I support this rule change!
266-17 GR 1302.2 Professionals - Participation Requirements
If you intend to make these requirements mandatory, they need to be sponsored by the usef, and usdf, as part of the "professional" status membership. I believe to burden trainer's with yet more fees and costs of time lost to do these proposed classes is unfair and unrealistic. More trainer's will become certified if it is easily attainable. If these classes are not provided free of cost to trainers, I am completely against the rule change.
I am OPPOSED to this rule change. Catherine Mee, USDF 103105 USEF 4895023
I already had to do the Safe Sport Training as a Faculty Member of USDF Certified Instructor's Training Program. Adding these other pieces will put off a number of aspiring instructor's I'm afraid.
I am totally against this rule change! And I am assuming there will probably be yet another fee assessed to that?? And is this "Safe Sport" training because it has been proven that the lack of knowledge professionals have has caused major accidents or deaths in dressage warm up arenas?? There is no body of evidence that shows there is a problem we need to address by making professionals jump through even MORE hoops with this ridiculous rule change, IMO. Nancy RochÃ©, USDF 1947, USEF 4742168
I am also opposed to this rule. I see no reason that a coach needs to go through these courses, especially when coaching ADULT riders. I actually started the courses (since I'm an L Grad) and found them to be useless - much more relevant to someone who coaches youth soccer then adults riding horses. Please don't put unnecessary burdens on our trainers and coaches. Focus on important aspects to our sport.
211-17 GR 1316.4 Helmets In Rider Fall
I have several good helmets in my trailer and would be very unhappy to have to "show proof of purchase" of a new one rather than just use one of the ones I already own.
If you want to have a rule that requires a rider to CHANGE helmets after a fall on the head, that is fine, but requiring them to BUY a new helmet is not fair. Many of us keep a spare helmet in our trailers for exactly this reason - why should we be forced to buy a helmet from a show vendor? Perhaps a helmet that doesn't even fit right, simply to continue in the competition. And what if there are no helmets available for sale at the show? Is the rider automatically eliminated from the rest of the show, even though they have a spare helmet in their trailer (or someone offers to loan them a spare)?.