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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 $50 processing fee. All Presidential Modifications are carefully considered and, if approved, are only applicable for the duration of the designated competition year. Please consult GR153 for additional guidance.


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. In order to ensure a comprehensive initial review, please submit a request for Presidential Modification in consultation with the appropriate USEF staff member who handles the relevant administrative, breed, or discipline rule to which the modification would apply. Once you have consulted with the appropriate USEF staff member, please submit the Presidential Modification Request Form to that staff member. Once a review is completed, the President’s decision will be communicated to the requesting party in writing via email. A request is not approved unless and until the requesting party receives a written approval letter.

2022 USEF COVID-19 Rule Modifications for Dressage - Effective December 15, 2021

Valid through November 30, 2022


Contact Information

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


Presidential Modification Request Form

This form may be used to submit a Request for Presidential Modification.

2022 Extension of Hunter Prize Money Modification - GR312.1, GR1131.5, HJ109.7, HJ110.7 and GR802.2

Extends modification granted in both 2020 and 2021

Amateur Owner Jumper modification - JP118.1a

Effective for the 2022 competition year

Exemption to Eventing Calendar Policies & Procedures - Arena Eventing & Eventing Showcases

GR3 - Sub-Chapter 3A Competition License Applications

FEI Safety Cups Modification to HU112.5, HU Appendix A, EQ109.13-.15, EQ111.10d, AR238.6, JP124.2 & JP103.f7 JP103.f.7

Effective for the remainder of the 2022 competition year

Friesian Walk-Trot Sections - FR231.4

Effective for the 2022 competition year

Introductory Level Tests for Western Dressage - WD130.1

Effective for the 2022 competition year

Licensed Officials Rotation: GR1034.4 and GR1034.5

Rules amended 2022 - 2024

Perpetual Permission Process - GR307.4b


Road Horse & Road Horse Under Saddle class split modification - RD108

Effective for 2022 competition year