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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 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.
No. The USHJA membership is required only if you are showing in hunter, jumper, hunter seat equitation or hunter breeding classes at non-breed-restricted licensed competitions, which are competitions not restricted to a particular breed.
No. A person is not required to be a member of USHJA or pay the Show Pass fee at Local competitions. See GR311.3
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.
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.
Active/Competing Members are those individuals who enter USEF-licensed competitions as riders, owners, trainers or coaches, and they receive full benefits of USHJA membership for the year.
Associate Members are individuals who are not competing in USEF-licensed competitions, and they 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.
Affiliate Association Members are local, state, regional and national organizations, educational institutions, riding academies, stables, clubs, associations, corporations, and other groups that conduct equestrian clinics, competitions, programs, or events.
Collegiate Members are those individuals participating in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association/USHJA competitions; annual membership from September 1 to August 31. Collegiate members are subject to USHJA Show Pass fees if competing in USEF-licensed competitions.
Outreach Members are those individuals competing in Outreach Classes and receive some of the other benefits offered by USHJA for the membership year. Outreach members are subject to USHJA Show Pass fees if competing in USEF-licensed competitions.
*NOTE: IEA members only. Non-refundable. Scholastic Members are Juniors who are members of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and Scholastic Coaches are individuals who are coaches with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association who wish to have access to USHJA Programs. Scholastic Members are subject to USHJA Show Pass fees if competing in USEF-licensed competitions.
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.
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 fee.
Members of Equine Canada (Canadian Federation) do not have to be USHJA members, and the Show Pass fee does not apply. See GR206.1. Should Equine Canada members wish to obtain points for USHJA programs, including championships, they will need to be USHJA members (see individual program specifications for more information).
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 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 per competition per organization. You will pay all Show Pass fees directly to the competition.
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
USHJA fees support the administration of the sport and the services provided to its members, including points tracking, awards, program development and execution, and rules development.
In the service of more than 44,000 different members across the United States, the USHJA offers a comprehensive stable of 14 competitive and educational programs that serve members at all levels of the sport, Juniors, Amateurs, and Professionals alike, in addition to countless educational resources and tools for members to access online. Our competitive programs and various special classes, are available to members at more than 1,200 competitions each year. The USHJA supports 17 different awards programs to recognize riders’ efforts across the hunter/jumper sport. This results in more than 16,500 awards distributed to members across the country each year. At the same time, the USHJA continues to explore and develop new programs to support the membership at all levels.
Whether members participate in any of the available awards, competitive or educational programs, USHJA’s efforts to ensure the rules of the sport are relevant and meet members’ needs while supporting rider safety and horse welfare benefit every hunter/jumper competitor.
USEF and USHJA are separate but related organizations. The USHJA represents only the jumper and hunter disciplines, as an affiliate of USEF, which represents numerous disciplines and breeds as the National Governing Body (NGB) for equestrian sport.
The USEF is the regulatory body of equestrian sport. Under this umbrella, in addition to the selection and fielding of international teams under its duties as the National Governing Body (NGB) for equestrian sport, the USEF also provides the following services to its Recognized Affiliates and members:
Led by volunteers who are active within the hunter and jumper disciplines, USHJA represents the interests of these disciplines, developing and supporting rules, programs and awards that promote the well-being of riders and horses, fairness within the sport, and the sport’s growth. Specifically, USHJA:
We encourage members to stay involved and be part of the issues that are important to the sport. Reach out to committee or Board members with questions and review minutes available online. Our volunteers, who guide all of the Association’s work, are made up of your peers – fellow hunter/jumper equestrians who are passionate and invested in the future of this sport. It’s important to understand that the Association operates entirely at the direction of Board and committee members. If you’re passionate about this sport and want to be part of shaping its future, fill out the committee interest form or contact your zone representatives about volunteering on specific programs in your area.