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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.

2021 USEF COVID-19 Rule Modifications - Effective December 1, 2020

Valid through November 30, 2021


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.

2021 Extension of Hunter Prize Money Modification - GR312.1, GR1131.5, HJ109.7, HJ110.7 and GR802.2

Approved November 10, 2020 - effective for the 2021 competition year

2021 Modification to GR302.1h - for Existing H/J Competition Licenses

Modifies application of GR302.1h for changes to existing H/J competition licenses involving USHJA Young Jumper Championship Qualifying classes

2021 modification to Paso Fino rules: PF102.10

Exception added for Trail

2021 modification to Paso Fino rules: PF123

Modification to yearling age in class

AR222 - Arabian Western Dressage Amateur classes to include Juniors

Effective 1/12/21

GR1011.3a - Special Judge Restriction for Western Dressage

Effective for 2021 competition year

Licensed Officials Rotation: GR1034.4 and GR1034.5

Rules amended through 2022-2024

NCAA student athletes/NIL participation - GR1306.4d

Effective for the 2021 competition year

Perpetual Permission Process - GR307.4b