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.

The deadline for members to submit proposed rule changes to be considered by the Board of Directors at the 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting is June 1, 2018. The deadline for committees and affiliates to submit a proposed rule change is September 1, 2018.

All USDF members are encouraged to review active rule change proposals and provide feedback.

Rule change proposal form

The USEF Board of Directors recently approved rule clarifications and extraordinary rule changes, some that will be effective 9/1/2018 and 12/1/2018. 

Below is a brief description of some of the changes in the General and Dressage Rules

Rule Number


Effective Date

GR 1303

 Safe Sport Requirements



 Horse's minimum age requirement for Fourth Level



To clarify existing rule and inform competitors the location of the "designated competition grounds"



To update and clarify membership requirements for USEF/USDF Dressage Championships


DR 128

To ensure compliance with results submission deadlines for USEF National Championships.



Raise the prerequisite score to ride a Musical freestyle to 63%



To clarify definition of "suitable surface"


DR 136

To clarify Exhibition Rules



To include more complete rules for ParaEquestrian


The complete list of all approved and current active proposed USEF  rules changes can be viewed on the USEF website through the links below.  Questions regarding USEF rules can be directed here.

Rule Changes Approved by the Board of Directors 8.27.18

Rule Changes Effective 12.1.18

Active Rule Changes

Tracking #Rule ReferenceDescription
136-17DR 112.5Execution and Judging of Tests
135-17DR 117.4The Position And Aids Of The Rider
147-17DR 119Participation In Dressage Competitions
146-17DR 119.1Participation In Dressage Competitions
137-17DR 119.4Participation In Dressage Competitions
142-17DR 120.1Dress
140-17DR 120.3Dress
148-17DR 121Saddlery And Equipment
355-17DR 121 Saddlery And Equipment
139-17DR 121Saddlery And Equipment
143-17DR 121.4Saddlery And Equipment
149-17DR 121.7Saddlery And Equipment - Red Ribbon
150-17DR 122.13Execution And Judging Of Tests
151-17DR 123Individual Classification
141-17DR 123.2Scoring, Classification And Prize-Giving
287-17DR 125.4Technical Delegate
144-17DR 126.1Requirements For Dressage Competition Management
207-17DR 127.2Owner
152-17DR 128.4National Championships
138-17DR 129.6Musical Freestyle Ride
273-17DR 138Para Dressage
266-17GR 1302.2Professionals - Participation Requirements
211-17GR 1316.4Helmets In Rider Fall