Membership FAQ


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2014 Memberships and Fees

U.S. Eventing Association and Equine Canada Members

Show Pass Fees

Competition Membership Checklist

Licensed Officials and Competition Officials Membership Requirements

Collegiate Membership FAQ for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Members




Who has to be an Active member of USHJA?

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 Show Pass 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 membership requirements.

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 GR121. A good rule of thumb is anyone who signs the entry blank has to be an Active member of USHJA.

I show in hunter and jumper classes at a breed-restricted competition only. Do I have to join USHJA in order to show?

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.

If I compete at a USEF Local competition, do I have to be a member of USHJA or pay the Show Pass fee?

No. A person is not required to be a member of USHJA or pay the Show Pass fee at Local competitions. See GR311.3

Do I need to record my horse with USHJA?

Yes. All horses competing in United States Equestrian Federation non-breed-restricted licensed competitions with hunter, hunter breeding, jumper and hunter seat equitation classes must be properly identified and must obtain a registration number from USHJA. For exceptions see GR901.9, Items 1 – 11, as stated in GR1101.1 in the USEF Rule Book. 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 registration number.
  • Members who choose to annually record their horses with the USEF will need to obtain a USHJA registration 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.

Do I need to record my farm with USHJA?

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.

2014 Memberships and Fees

What are the membership categories and dues for the USHJA?

Active Members - Those individuals who enter USEF-licensed competitions as riders, owners, trainers or coaches 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 Show Pass fees if competing in USEF-licensed competitions.

Associate Membership:   $35 (expires November 30)

Collegiate Members - Those individuals participating in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association/USHJA competitions; annual membership from September 1 to August 31

Collegiate Membership:   Collegiate Coach - $35
Collegiate Alumni - $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 Show Pass fees if competing in USEF-licensed competitions.

Outreach Member   $15

Life Member $1500 - Full USHJA membership benefits for life

Are licensed officials and competition officials required to be members of USHJA?

Per GR1060.9: 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 Association, Inc.

Per GR1063.5 and GR1205.3: All licensed Course Designers must be a current member in good standing of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc.

Per GR1013.1a1: 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.

**Competition secretaries for hunter/jumper competitions are not required to be members of USHJA.

How many membership cards and how many membership numbers will I receive?

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 Life 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 or only annually record your horse with USEF and register USHJA at the same time, you will 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.

U.S. Eventing Association Exemption

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 Show Pass fees.

Requirements for Canadian Federation Members

Members of Equine Canada (Canadian Federation) do not have to be USHJA members, and the Show Pass fee does not apply. See GR206.1.

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.

Show Pass Fees

What are the Show Pass fees?

The Show Pass fee to USHJA is $30 per competition. If you are a non-member of either or both the USEF and the USHJA, the Show Pass fee is $30 per competition for each organization. You will pay all Show Pass 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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