Requirement Modifications for Many USDF Programs

We have made modifications to requirements for many USDF programs that we have published as decisions were made, including modifying the continuing education requirements for L Graduates, the requirements for the Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Program for 2020, refunding NAYC rider application fees and supporting an increase in the number of Junior and Young Rider invitations for the 2020 USEF Dressage National Championships.

Our Championship Programs

The USDF Breeders Championships and the USDF Regional Championships — are more complicated, as we have considered each Region, the qualifying season, the changes to the competition calendar, as well as the impossibility of predicting Government actions in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. After due consideration, we have made several adjustments to the 2020 championship requirements to try to accommodate the needs and challenges of our membership.

2020 USDF Breeder Championship Series Qualifier and Final Competitions

One qualifying competition, which can be held in conjunction with a series final, is required for a series to hold a series final competition. The top three placing horses in each USDF Breeders Championship Series qualifier class will be qualified for the final, regardless of whether the first or second place horse has previously qualified.

2020 USDF Regional Championship Program Modifications

Change fees waived for date, name, and location of competitions, including Championships Late insurance, late prize list, late competition recognition fees waived Competitor change of region fees through August 1 reduced from $100 to $25 and from August 2 to closing date reduced from $300 to $100

Competitors will be able to qualify by earning both scores at one competition; both scores may have the same judge or panel.

During the entire 2020 qualifying season any qualifying score earned in a class that was designated Q, held prior to June 1, 2020, but not entered as Q, upon notice and payment of the $15.00 qualifying fee to the USDF office prior to the closing of the date of the Championship, may be counted as a “good” qualifying score (membership requirements at the time of the competition where such score was obtained are unchanged).

With the assistance of the USDF Competition Management Committee, Technical Delegate Committee and Rules Advisory Working Group, and in close cooperation with the US Equestrian Dressage Department, we have identified and drafted requests for Presidential Modifications to the USEF rule book (Dressage and General) that we believe are needed to help our competition organizers, competitors and licensed officials as we restart the dressage competition season. In addition to the overall US Equestrian Federation COVID-19 Action Plan and FAQ, we have created the USDF Best Practices Considerations for Dressage Competitions that provides valuable information for organizers, show management and officials for licensed (Level 1-3) or schooling shows.


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