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USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian And The United States Dressage Federation Reach Agreement Regarding Horse Identification Requirements

USA Equestrian and The United States Dressage Federation have reached an agreement that will allow a seamless transition for individuals who have horses that are recorded with USDF and are competing in USA Equestrian recognized competition to comply with the requirement of USA Equestrian Article 811. This new rule is effective on December 1, 2002 and states that all horses competing in USA Equestrian recognized competitions must be properly identified with an identification number. Through this joint agreement USDF will be providing the members' USDF Horse Identification Number or Lifetime Horse Registration Number as well as additional information on the horse and owner to USA Equestrian so that it can be directly entered into the system making compliance for the member paperless and instantaneous. Once the horse is in the USA Equestrian system the owner will receive a letter to let them know that their horse has been entered and that they should continue to use the number issued by USDF for competing in any USDF recognized competition.

The intent of this rule is to provide a system of tracking a horse's performance throughout its competing lifetime.

USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch made the following statement regarding this joint agreement. "USDF is pleased with the cooperative effort between USDF and USA Equestrian in making compliance as seamless as possible for USDF members who have applied for and received a Horse Identification Number or Lifetime Registration Number with USDF". A minimum requirement of a USDF Horse Identification Number for all horses entered in USDF recognized shows, became mandatory October 1, 2002.

If you have any questions or need further information on this program please contact Cheryll Frank at (859) 225-6980, or email

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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