As a new horse show year begins, there are some changes to the amateur status and low adult amateur hunter divisions.
The "Amateur Rule"
December 1 marked the implementation of some much-anticipated changes to U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) “amateur rule” for the 2022 competition year.
These modifications were passed as "extraordinary rule changes" at the USEF board of directors meeting held Nov. 22. They changes were brought to light and developed largely by the USEF Amateur Task Force established back in February.
The five changes include:
rated Low Adult Amateur hunter division
The Low Adult Amateur Hunter is now officially a rated Hunter Section, as is the Low Children's Hunter Horse division, according to the USHJA.
Here is the rule change intent:
The low sections of the Children’s Hunter Horses and Adult Amateurs are popular and necessary sport development entry points for many exhibitors. It is critical that the zones provide encouragement and recognition at this level. With the dissolution of the Stirrup Cup program, it is important to make every effort to continue to serve these members at the zone level.
There are a few other updates to the rules that you should be aware of before you and your horse being competing in 2022.