In order to compete in USEF licensed competitions, every horse must have a unique USEF Horse ID number.
Horses must be actively recorded (Annual or Life) in order to:
To be eligible for USEF Awards and Championship programs (GR1111).
To be eligible to compete in a USEF Computer Ranking List class (GR1102.2).
To be eligible to compete in USEF/USDF qualifying and championship classes and USEF National Championships for Dressage (DR127).
To Aquire an FEI Passport or National Passport and FEI Registration Number (GR1103-1104)
For points to count with respect to any competition, the required materials and fees must be received by the Federation office (or by the Competition Secretary) on or before the first licensed day of such competition. See GR1110 for more information.
Your horse's current membership status can be verified via the USEF Horse Search HERE.
2. How can I record my horse/renew my horse's recording?
4. How do I transfer the ownership of a USEF recorded horse?
Read the Ownership Transfer & Lease Guide for helpful information and instructions. Transfers become effective the date that the proper forms (with required signature(s)) and fees are received at the USEF office (GR1105).
A Bill of Sale is not required but is an acceptable transfer document. A document that authorizes the transfer of ownership from one party to another is required. This document must be signed by both parties. USEF does not accept agent's signatures as authorization for an ownership transfer. A parent signature is accepted for a minor. If the signature of the last recorded owner is not available, a Federation Transfer Certification must be submitted. It must explain why the required signature is not available and submitted with proof of ownership (bill of sale, cancelled check, or registration papers).
Changes to the USEF website are completed overnight.
7. Can an individual under 18 years of age be listed as an owner of a horse?
Yes. The owner must be a USEF member. A parent/guardian signature is required to transfer ownership of a horse to a minor.
8. Do I need to register my lease with USEF?
The Federation encourages all lessors of horses competing in Federation competitions to register the lease with the Federation. Read the Ownership Transfer & Lease Guide for helpful information and instructions.
The lease registration fee of $60 must be submitted to the USEF office with a copy of the lease agreement signed by lessee and lessor. USEF does not accept agent signatures for the purposes of registering a lease. If a written lease agreement is not available, the USEF Lease Registration form (PDF form) must be completed, signed by lessee and lessor, and submitted with the lease registration fee.
The lease agreement or registration form must indicate a start date and end date of the lease period. For competition purposes, the lease registration is effective the date that the proper fee and form (with required signatures) are received in the USEF office. Once the lease is registered with USEF, the horse/pony must be entered under the ownership of the lessee.
The Federation does not intervene on the terms of the lease. USEF must have written confirmation by both parties if a lease is extended or if the lease is terminated prior to the expiration date.
Lessor or lessee must renew the USEF Annual Recording by the annual renewal date. If the lease is extended beyond the previously submitted end date, written notification must be received in the USEF office within 30 days of its original expiration. If the notification is not received within 30 days, the lease must be registered again as stated above (with signed agreement and fee). (GR1108)
9. What documents do I submit to verify my horse's age?
Breed registry papers, breed passport, or a signed statement from a vet are accetped documents. Age verification is only required for age restricted classes
10. How do I obtain my horse's certificate or horse card?
Log in to your My USEF account. Navigate to the Horse Options section, then click on the "My Horses" tile. Click on the Horse Certificate or Horse Card icons to download/print these documents.
11. How do I obtain my horse's competition record?
Yes! Sign in to your USEF Account and navigate to your horse's page. Click on the "Details & Results" tile then "Horse Report" at the top of the page.
You can also Search Horses then click on "Horse Report"to pull up the horse's full competition report.
12. Does my horse need a passport?
Horses that compete in FEI competition must have an official Federation issued passport. A national passport is valid for lower-level competition within the United States. An FEI passport is valid for any level of FEI competition both nationally and internationally.
13. If my horse is owned by a farm, do the owners of the farm have to be members?
In order for points to count toward USEF Horse of the Year Awards, the horse must be actively recorded and owned by an individual member of the Federation or a recorded Farm/Business. The owners of the farm are not required to become active members unless they also participate as a rider, driver, handler, trainer, agent, coach, vaulter or longeur.
14. My horse is owned by a farm. Who do I list as the owner on the entry blank?
Per GR1106, entries may be made in a name other than that of an individual for Horse of the Year Awards, provided such name (Stable/Farm, Corporation, etc.) is registered with the Federation. All applications for registration of a Stable/Farm, Corporation, etc. must be signed be each of the bona fide owners of the Stable/Farm, Corporation, etc.
The fee for each (Stable/Farm, Corporation, etc.) registration is $80 (Annual Recorded/12 months from the start date) and $2500 (Life Recorded/no expiration date).
15. If I decide to cancel an application submitted to USEF, can I request a refund?
USEF does issue refunds for horse applications that could not be processed, if requested. If the request was processed, a refund will not be issued. A processing fee of $5 is withheld from all refunds.