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To compete in any hunter, jumper, equitation or hunter breeding classes at
recognized competitions as an exhibitor, rider, trainer, or his or her agent(s),
a person must be an active member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association
or pay a non-member fee of $30 to the USHJA (exception: local competitions,
breed-restricted hunter seat equitation classes and exceptions listed in GR901.9).
The USHJA membership is in addition to the United States Equestrian Federation
An exhibitor is defined as the owner or lessee of a horse when entered in a class
where only the merits of the horse are to be considered. In equitation classes,
exhibitor refers to the rider. See GR120. A good rule of thumb is anyone who signs the
entry blank has to be an Active member of USHJA.
No. The USHJA membership is required only if you are showing in hunter, jumper, hunter seat
equitation or hunter breeding classes at "open" shows, which are competitions not
restricted to a particular breed.
No. A person is not required to be a member of USHJA or pay the non-member fee at Local competitions.
Yes. All horses competing in United States Equestrian Federation non-breed-restricted
licensed competitions with hunter, hunter breeding, jumper and hunter seat
equitation classes (except those activities enumerated in GR901.9, items 1-9)
must be properly identified and must obtain a registration number from USHJA.
A registration number for each horse must be entered on all entry forms for USEF-licensed
competitions. Only one registration number will be issued per horse and
must remain with the horse throughout its career.
- To compete at a USEF-licensed hunter, jumper or hunter/jumper competition,
every horse must be registered with the USHJA for a one-time fee of $30.
- Members will still have the option of recording their horses either annually
or with a lifetime recording with the USEF if they are interested in accruing
points for Horse of the Year, Zone and Stirrup Cup Awards and to accrue points on the USEF
Computer Ranking List.
- Each horse will be assigned a USHJA registration number, and anytime you
choose to obtain a USEF horse recording, the same number will be used.
- If a horse currently has a USEF Horse ID number, upon payment of the $30
registration fee to USHJA, that number will become its USHJA horse
- Members who choose to annually record their horses with the USEF
will need to obtain a USHJA registraion number, which will be the same
as their current horse recording number.
- Exhibitors competing only in USEF Local competitions will be exempt
from the horse registration fee, as are the following groups outlined in
GR901.9, items 1 through 9:
1) leadline; 2) exhibitions; 3) games and races; 4)classes for 4-H members; 5) walk trot and academy classes (academy classes are classes limited to horses used regularly in a lesson program); 6) USDF introductory level tests, pas de deux and quadrille classes; 7) NRHA Endorsed Reining Competitions. 8) Opportunity classes; 9) citizens of other nations who have proof, in English, of current membership in good standing of their own National Federation.
It is not mandatory for farms to be recorded with USHJA.
If your farm is recorded with USEF and you are showing your horses under the farm name,
we encourage you to record the farm with USHJA, as well.
Lifetime Farm Recordings for USHJA are $100.
2012 Memberships and Fees
Active Members - Those individuals who enter USEF-licensed competitions as
riders, owners, trainers or coachs receive full benefits of USHJA membership for the year.
|Active Annual Membership:
Active 3-Year Membership:
||1-Year - $70 (expires November 30)|
3-Year - $195 (expires November 30 of the third year)
Associate Members - Those individuals not competing in USEF-licensed
competitions receive all other benefits of USHJA membership for the year.
Associate members are subject to USHJA non-member fees if competing in USEF-licensed
||$35 (expires November 30)
Collegiate Members - Those individuals participating in
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association/USHJA competitions; annual
membership from September 1 to August 31
||Coach - $35
Rider - $15
Outreach Members - Those individuals competing in
Outreach Medal or
Outreach Hunter Challenge Classes
and receive some of the other
benefits offered by USHJA for the membership year.
Please note: Outreach members are subject to USHJA non-member fees if competing in
Life Member $1500 - Full USHJA membership benefits for life
Per GR1060.10: Any judge officiating USEF Open (not restricted to a breed) hunter and/or
jumper classes must be a current member in good standing of the United States Hunter Jumper
Per GR1062: and GR1205.3 All licensed Course Designers must be a current member in good standing of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc.
Per GR1013.1a: Any steward officiating USEF Open (not restricted to a breed) hunter and/or jumper classes must be a current member in good standing of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc.
Per GR1202.1: [Manager] An individual acting in this capacity is required to be a Senior Active Member of the Federation. In addition, any individual acting as the manager of a hunter and/or jumper Open (not restricted to a breed) competition must be a current member in good standing of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc.
Per GR1205.3: The Hunter course designer must be a Senior member of USEF and must be knowledgeable in the rules relating to the Hunter classes being offered. The hunter course designer must also be a member of USHJA.
**Competition secretaries for hunter/jumper competitions are not required to be members of USHJA.
If you join or renew as a USEF member and a USHJA member at the same time on a joint
application, you will receive one membership card. If you join or renew separately
on different dates, you may receive two membership cards, one for each organization.
The membership number will be the same for both the USEF and the USHJA.
When you register your horse with USHJA and record your horse with USEF at the same time,
you will receive one horse certificate. If you join with both organizations separately on different
dates, you may receive two membership cards-one for each organization. The horse number will be the
same for both organizations.
If you join with a 3-Year membership, you will keep your membership card for all three years.
If you join as a 3-Year member with one organization (USHJA or USEF), and only one year with the
other organization (USHJA or USEF) you will receive two separate membership cards.
*Please note there is a $15 reprint fee for the issuance of a duplicate membership card.
Even if an individual is an active member of USEA, he or she is still required
to be a member of USHJA or pay the non-member fees.
Members of Equine Canada (Canadian Federation) do not have to be USHJA members,
and the non-member fee does not apply.
Equine Canada horse/pony measurement cards and passports are not
acceptable for purposes of complying
with USEF rules on measurement and horse ID numbers. They will need to have the
pony measured in accordance with HU168 through HU179. If they bring a photocopy of
their Canadian membership card to have the steward attach to the measurement form, they will
receive their measurement card faster.
The non-member fee to USHJA is $30 per competition.
If you are a non-member of either or both the USEF and the USHJA,
the non-member fee is $30 per competition for each organization.
You will pay all non-member fees directly to the competition.
Competition Membership Checklist
Exhibitors will need the following to enter a horse show:
1. Complete entry blank, with correct USEF/USHJA number for owner, rider, trainer and horse
2. All required signatures on entry blank
3. Copy of USEF/USHJA Membership Card
4. Copy of Horse Recording/Registration Certificate
5. Copy of your horse's Coggins and health papers, if necessary
6. A signed open check for entries, if applicable
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