USHJA Horse Registration FAQ's
1. Do I have to register my horse with USHJA?
Yes, all horse competing at USEF recognized Hunter Jumper Competitions must be
registered with the USHJA.
Horses’ life recorded with the USEF prior to December 1st, 2008, have been
grandfathered in and have a lifetime USHJA Horse Registration as per USEF GR1102.3.
2. What benefits do I receive for registering my horse with USHJA?
- Participation in USHJA's Stirrup Cup Awards Program
- Participation in USHJA Hunter Challenge Outreach Award Programs.
- Participation in USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships.
- Registration allows USHJA to collect data on where and how our horses are competing.
This data will provide USHJA with the ability to accurately evaluate our industry in order to
plan for the future, identify areas which need attention and recognize issues which are
impacting our sport before they become problems.
3. Do I still need to record my horse with USEF?
Yes, if you wish to participate in USEF's Horse of the Year Awards, qualifying
competitions, championships, have points accrue in the National Computer Ranking List or
participate in USHJA's Stirrup Cup and USHJA Zone Horse of The Year Awards.
4. My horse is Life Recorded with USEF. Do I still need to register my horse with
Horses with USEF Lifetime Recordings prior to December 1, 2008, have been
grandfathered into the USHJA Horse Registration Program using their current USEF
Horses which have been Lifetime Recorded with USEF after December 1, 2008 will need
to register their horse with USHJA.
5. Does my horse have to be registered with USHJA to compete at USEF Local
No, your horse will not have to be registered with USHJA if you are only competing in
USEF Local competitions.
Additionally, the following groups are also exempt from paying the USHJA Horse
Registration Fee as outlined in the USEF Rulebook, GR901.9 items 1-11:
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. 10) USEA beginner novice division; and 11) assistant handlers in Dressage Sport Horse Breeding classes. Per GR 1101.1
6. Do I have to pay an annual fee to register my horse with USHJA?
No, the USHJA Horse Registration Fee is a one-time $30 fee.
7. Will I also need a USEF Horse ID number?
No. The USHJA Horse Registration meets the requirement for a USEF's Horse ID for
horses competing at hunter jumper competitions.
The USHJA Horse Registration is not required at local competitions but USEF still
requires a Horse ID to participate; please see # 5 above.
8. Is the USHJA Horse Registration Number the same as my USEF Horse Recording
Number and Horse ID Number?
Yes. If your horse currently has a USEF Horse Recording or Horse ID Number, their
USHJA Horse Registration Number will be the same so that you will only keep up with one
9. Are jumpers still required to be USEF recorded?
Jumpers are no longer required to be recorded with USEF, unless they are participating in the Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships,
Horse of the Year Awards, want points accrued on the National Computer Ranking List or
want to participate in USHJA's Stirrup Cup and USHJA Zone Horse of The Year Awards.
10. If I have a current USEF Horse ID Number, do I need to have a USHJA Horse
Yes. USHJA's Horse Registration is required per USEF Rulebook discipline rules,
HU101.1 and JP100.2.
11. Do Equine Canada members competing at USEF Licensed competitions have to
register their horse with USHJA?
No, they are exempt under GR901.9 items 1-11 (see # 5).
12. Do United States Eventing Association members competing at a USEF Licensed
competition have to register their horses with USHJA?
Yes. Every horse competing at a USEF Licensed Hunter Jumper competition (exception
Local competitions) will have to register their horse with USHJA (See #10).
13. Do foreign horses competing at USEF licensed competitions have to register their horse
No, they are exempt under GR901.9 items 1-11.
14. I received an orange horse registration card in the mail. Do I need to submit the $20
horse transfer fee to the USHJA?
No, if you are listed on the right hand side of the card as the owner of the horse you will
not have to pay the $20 transfer fee. Please retain this card as proof of USHJA
registration for the horse.
Yes, if you are not listed as the current owner of the horse on the front of the card, please
complete the new owner information section and return the orange card signed by both
the new and previous owner of the horse to the USHJA along with the $20 transfer fee
and transfer fee form
found on the USHJA website under membership then horse registration.