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.

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.

2019-2020 USEF Rule Change Process

Timeline change for USEF rule change process 2019/2020

ADS Combined Driving and Carriage Pleasure Driving officials grandfathering process

ADS Combined Driving and Carriage Pleasure Driving officials would be eligible for an equivalent USEF licensed if certain requirements are met and an application is received by USEF prior to November 30, 2019

AR180.2 - Sport Horse Under Saddle Championship class appointments

Effective 2019 competition year

EQ105.2 - Delayed implementation of rule change proposal

To conform with the effective date for 2018 rule change to HU107.2, both rules will be effective on 12/1/19 for the 2020 competition year

EV176 - Eventing Jumping Course Designer & USEF Jumping Course Designer

Will align EV176 with EV169 until the submitted extraordinary rule change proposal is approved by the Board of Directors or until 11/30/19.

HJ102.1a - Arena size requirement modification

Extended through 2019 competition year

Measurement Verification - HU181

Remainder of 2018 and all of 2019 competition year

Modification to Chapter 10

Effective 2019 competition year

Modification to EV115.2d

Effective 2/12/19 - 11/30/19