Microchipping 101

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and can hold electronic data, such as identifying information about a horse. Microchipping provides a reliable way to verify a horse’s identity, which can contribute to the well-being of a horse and support consumer confidence during horse sales. Microchips are a standard of the FEI, the international equestrian sport governing body.

At the January 2016 USEF Annual Meeting, the USEF Board of Directors approved landmark rule changes for hunter/jumper competition that set forward a microchipping requirement at USEF-licensed and/or USHJA-sanctioned competitions with Hunter, Hunter Breeding, Jumper and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation classes not restricted by breed. The microchipping requirement will be implemented in two phases.

The Competition Requirement
(HU101, JP100, EQ103)

PHASE I: Microchipping Required for Points
Beginning in competition year 2018 (December 1, 2017), all horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA-sanctioned competitions with Hunter, Hunter Breeding, Jumper and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation classes not restricted by breed will be required to be microchipped to receive points.

PHASE II: Microchipping Required for Competition
Beginning in competition year 2019 (December 1, 2018), ALL horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA- sanctioned competitions with Hunter, Hunter Breeding, Jumper and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation classes not restricted by breed will be required to be microchipped.


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