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The United States Equestrian Federation takes seriously its role as a governing body for equestrian sport and implements programs and policies to protect human and equestrian athletes.[...]

The USEF Rulebook is designed to delineate boundaries that create an environment for fair and honest competition within which equestrians can enjoy competing safely, with integrity and respect. USEF Rules are intended:

  • To promote integrity, honesty, equal opportunity, fair play, responsibility, respect and enjoyment in equestrian sport.
  • To keep competition in the perspective of the USEF stated mission.
  • To encourage and reward performance excellence and initiative at every level.
  • To protect the health, safety, and well-being of participants.
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2016 Competition Year


Printed Rulebook

Please note that the printed version was created on 12/1/15 and that the online version is continuously updated and is, therefore, always the most current version.

For our members who desire to have a printed rule book, bound and printed copies of the three sections of the USEF Rule Book (General Rules, Breeds, and Disciplines) may now be ordered through Amazon. There are also bound and printed copies available for Arabian, Morgan and American Saddlebred with the appropriate Discipline Chapters that are referenced.

To purchase the three sections of the rule book or the specialized sections, members may use the following links:

General Rules

Breed Chapters

Discipline Chapters

Arabian Chapter Plus Referenced Discipline Chapters

Morgan Chapter Plus Referenced Discipline Chapters

American Saddlebred Chapter Plus Referenced Discipline Chapters

These items are Amazon Prime eligible, availing Amazon Prime members of free two-day shipping.

Rule Change Proposal

Rulebook Archives

Additional Resources