Consistent with GR153, modifications may be made in the application of Federation Rules under special circumstances by the President after soliciting recommendations from appropriate Councils and Committees. 

A Senior Active Member of USEF may submit a request for Presidential Modification, along with a non-refundable $100 processing fee. Please allow up to ten days for processing.  Requests submitted within 10 days of the Effective Date will incur an additional rush fee of $50.  All Presidential Modifications are carefully considered and, if approved, are only applicable for the duration of the designated competition year. 


GR153 Presidential Modifications

1. Modifications may be made in the application of the Federation Rules under special circumstances (see Bylaw 332.1f). Requests should be submitted to the office of the President and will be forwarded to appropriate committee chairmen for their recommendations before being submitted to the President for consideration.

a. Senior Active Members of the Federation may submit a request for Presidential Modification to the Rules with supporting documentation and a non-refundable processing fee.

        b. The President has the authority to waive the processing fee.

c. When a horse has a chronic condition and has previously been granted at least one annual Presidential Modification to Dressage or Eventing rules related to the condition, an application can be submitted for approval of a special three-year Presidential Modification related to the same condition. The application must be accompanied by sufficient supporting documentation that the condition is unlikely to improve during the three-year period.



In addition to personal identifying information (i.e. name, contact information, USEF membership number, etc.) and all applicable rules for which a modification is requested, the request must contain a statement describing two separate, but related, topics:

  1. Special Circumstance: The statement must describe clearly how the request constitutes a special circumstance, which is an extraordinary and unique circumstance beyond the control of the requestor, that is unanticipated or unexpected; and
  2. Severe Hardship: The statement must address how, unless a request is approved, the application of the applicable Federation Rule under the special circumstance described in Part 1 would create or continue a severe hardship or gross unfairness to the Federation, its members or their horses, its licensed competitions, or its Recognized Affiliate associations.


Statements accompanying the request must provide sufficient detail clearly articulating the above criteria including any necessary attachments. In order to ensure a comprehensive initial review, please submit a Request for Presidential Modification by logging into your My USEF Dashboard or Competition Management Dashboard. Once a review is completed, the President’s decision will be communicated to the requesting party in writing via the email provided. A request is not approved unless and until the requesting party receives a written approval letter.


Adaptive equipment that covers a horse's eyes

Requests for the use of any equipment that covers all or part of a horse's eye(s) (e.g. fly mask, tinted goggles) may require additional documentation in order to process your request.  Please contact Karen Adams to discuss prior to your submission.


Contact Information

Karen Adams, Executive Assistant
[email protected] | 859 225 2046


Modification to Amateur Rule GR1306.2 for Hunter, Jumper & HU/JP Seat Equitation for 2025 Competition Year

Modification in effect beginning December 1, 2024 and until the proposed standard rule change is approved and takes effect.

Modification to Arabian Ranch Horse Riding Walk-Trot 10 & Under rules - AR239, AR240 & AR241

Modification in effect until the proposed standard rule change is approved and takes effect.

Modification to ARabian Walk/Trot rules AR298.1 and AR310.1b

Effective through 11/30/2025

Modification to Hackney rules for Safety - HK139

In effect through the 2024 competition year.

Modification to paper form references in USEF rule book

GR201.2, GR203, GR302.1.h.1-.2, GR308, GR501, GR514.1, GR1011.4, GR1015.4, GR1024.4, GR1025.4, GR1101.7-.8, GR1102.5, GR1103.2,.6, .9, GR1105.1-.3, GR1107.1, GR1110.1-.2, GR1132.1.a, GR1133.1, GR1134.1, GR1210.5, GR1213.4, GR1302.2.a.1, GR1307.1, GR1308.1.-.2, AR110.7.b.1, DR127.2, EQ111.5, EQ119.12.a.2, .7a-b, .8, HJ129, HJ130.1.b and .d, and JP100.2.b

Modification to Ranch Horse Trail Walk-Trot 10 & Under Course Information - AR261.1.h & AR261.2.f

Modified until such time as the proposed standard rule change is approved and takes effect.

Modification to RD105, RD107.1b, RD110.5-.6, RD112.3, RD114.2

RD105 General, RD107 Appointments, Roadster Horse to Bike, Roadster Horse Under Saddle, Roadster Ponies

Modification to RD107.2 for 2024 competition year

Roadster division - Appointments: Vehicles

Modification to RD114.7-.8 for 2024 competition year

Roadster Ponies, Amateur to Bike

NIL guidance for NCAA collegiate equestrian student athletes

Effective July 21, 2021 to present