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The purpose of the Rules & Equipment information is to assist Athletes as well as USEF Dressage Technical Delegates, Judges and Stewards who officiate Dressage classes at any Federation licensed competition. Athletes and Officials must be knowledgable of and in compliance with the with USEF Dressage and General Rules. 


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Forms and Publications

FEI Children Tests at USEF Dressage Competitions

Updated August 28, 2020

USEF COVID-19 Rule Modifications

Approved for the Remainder of the 2020 Competition Year

Summary of COVID-19 Modifications Specific to Dressage

Updated July 15, 2020. Summary of USEF COVID-19 Rule Modifications Specific to Dressage.

Annex A - Bits, Saddlery and Equipment

UPDATED - March 19, 2020. Annex A is a supplement to the USEF Dressage Rules. All bits/equipment labeled as ‘Pending Review’ are not allowed in USEF/USDF competition until determined otherwise in this Annex. Please refer to FEI Dressage Rules directly for permitted saddlery/equipment in FEI CDIs events. NOTE: New bridle and/or models/configurations and equipment may be approved under our Annex A. However, all existing provisions of DR121, including allowed bridle materials, must additionally be met to be acceptable for competition purposes.

DR 206 - European Foal Show Halter Example

Example of European Foal Show Halter – Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Rules (DR 206) Effective September 1, 2020

Dressage Attire and Equipment Booklet

UPDATED April 1, 2020 - The purpose of this pamphlet is to assist Exhibitors as well as USEF Dressage Technical Delegates, Dressage Judges and Stewards who officiate Dressage classes at any Federation licensed competition. Exhibitors and Officials must be familiar with USEF Dressage Rules DR120 and DR121 in the current USEF Rule Book.

Combined Nosebands Clarification

Clarification to DR121.2 regarding Combined Nosebands

Nose Nets used in National Competition

Effective April 1, 2017, USEF Dressage Rules will allow an approved brand of nose net to be worn in dressage competition in compliance with DR121.9.

FEI Dressage Tests for Seven Year Olds – Preliminary and Final Tests – at National Competition

The FEI Tests for 7 Year Old Horses are not a part of the qualifying process for any USEF Dressage National Championship

US Equestrian Dressage Guidelines for Equipment Review: by Competitors and/or Officials

Updated 04.16.2019 The purpose of this memo is to outline the method for interpretations of USEF Dressage Rules by Dressage Department for current legal equipment, posed by officials and competitors, that is shared with dressage sport stakeholders and posted on web as "current questions answered FAQ" and/or inclusion in Annex A of the USEF Dressage Rules.