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Confused about Age-Verification? Here Are Some Things to Know

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 27, 2017, 10:29 AM EST

Age-verification is a new rule in Young Hunter classes and Jumper classes restricted by age of the horse.

Save yourself time and hassle by age-verifying your horse before you go to a competition so your points will be good for the show. It’s fast and easy to do online. Here’s how:

  • Go to USequestrian.org.
  • Log in to your account, then click on “My USEF” at the top right of the screen, in the black menu bar.
  • Scroll down and click on the tile for the horse you want to verify.
  • You’ll see a header in red that says “Upload Age Verification.” Clicking this tab will take you to a page where you can upload your proper documentation.
  • Use the Browse button to choose the file with your documents to upload.
  • Click Submit.
  • USEF will review the paperwork and let you know when we have marked the horse in the system as Age Verified (typically a turnaround of less than three business days).

The documentation is not for all Hunter and Jumper classes; the age-verification rule is intended only for age-restricted classes. Below, we break down the specifics for these classes:

Young Hunters:

  • Hunter age restrictions are defined as horses under the age of seven.
  • If your horse is eligible, you can compete in sections determined by height. See rule HU104.6 for these height sections.
  • The horse can compete from December 1 through that competition year in which they reach the applicable age.
  • Age of the horse must be verified by USEF using the following documents: registration papers or Certificate of Pedigree from a breed or sport horse registry OR passport issued by a World Breed Federation Sport Horse (WBFSH)-recognized registry.
  • A horse may compete in only one height section at each competition.

Young Jumpers:

  • Age-restricted classes are open only to horses recorded with USEF which have been age-verified.
  • Age can be verified only through the following identification documents: registration papers or Certificate of Pedigree from a breed or sport horse registry OR passport issued by a WBFSH-recognized registry.

For 2018, you will need to have your horse age-verified before showing at a USEF competition.

Questions? Call US Equestrian Customer Care at 859-258-2472 or contact us by email at [email protected] or by live online chat at USequestrian.org. Our representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. We’re here to assist you throughout your competition career!