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For those interested in becoming an official, please see the various documents below, which are organized by breed/discipline.

Effective April 1, 2018, licensed official applicants are no longer required to submit a list of references within their application, or have a minimum number of references sent back to US Equestrian.

Effective December 1, 2017, the term “apprentice” is replacing the term “learner judge” in Chapter 10 of the US Equestrian Rule Book. This is a change in term only, to make it consistent throughout all breeds & disciplines. As we work to update & streamline our documents, please note that anything referring to “learner judge” in the forms on this page, is “apprentice” as of December 1, 2017.

  • Please note that for FEI licensing,

    • Applicants must complete the requirements for the respective license BEFORE submitting their application.

    • All applicants MUST apply to the USEF Licensed Officials Committee and receive a positive recommendation for licensure BEFORE they will be allowed to attend the respective FEI Course.

    • Exceptions: There are a few licenses which follow a separate procedure; see respective requirement documents.

  • If you are interested in a FEI license that is not listed, it is likely because the documents are being updated to reflect FEI’s changes to licensing requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the Licensed Officials Department at loinquiry@usef.org.

Forms and Publications

Apprentice Card Application

Please see GR1011 for divisions that require an Apprentice Card.

American Saddlebred, Saddle Seat Equitation, Roadster, Hackney - recorded

Requirements to become a 'r' (recorded) Judge.

American Saddlebred, Saddle Seat Equitation, Roadster, Hackney - Registered

Requirements for promotion to ‘R’ (Registered) Judge.

Andalusian-Lusitano - recorded

Requirements to become a 'r' (recorded) Judge. **Updated to reflect apprenticing requirement change as of December 1, 2017.

Andalusian-Lusitano - Registered

Requirements for promotion to 'R' (Registered) Judge.

Arabian - recorded

Requirements to become a 'r' (recorded) Judge.

Arabian - Registered

Requirements for promotion to ‘R’ (Registered) Judge.

Carriage Pleasure Driving Judge - recorded

Requirements to become a 'r' (recorded) Judge.

Carriage Pleasure Driving Judge - Registered

Requirements for promotion to ‘R’ (Registered) Judge.

Carriage Pleasure Driving Technical Delegate - recorded

Requirements to become a 'r' (recorded) Technical Delegate.