USHJA Rule Help Reference Page
As part of our ongoing effort to educate members, USHJA is dedicated to making this new rules page a resource for the
membership to get information on new rules, the rule proposal process, the rule approval process and other helpful
information regarding rules affecting hunters and jumpers.
How to Search for Rule Changes
All of the rule changes can be found on the
USEF rule change website. From
the following choices can be selected: approved rule changes,
disapproved rule changes, referred rule changes and withdrawn rule changes.
approved rule changes
to search for approved rules by effective date, by tracking number or
by approval at USEF's Annual Meeting.
The approved rule change link will only display "approved rule changes."
Select the chapter you are interested in and one of the following options
to find the rules that have been approved.
- Tracking Number Ideal Method: Enter the first three
digits of the tracking number for rules proposed in the current year.
- Date Approved: Enter a date. All rules approved on that date will
pull up regardless of the effective date if using this option.
Example: Rules approved at the USEF Annual Meeting have a
start date of 1/17/10 and end 1/17/10.
- Date Effective: Enter the effective date in both the start
(12/1/10) and end boxes (12/1/10).
How the Rule Change Process Works
As part of the ongoing effort to educate members,
the USHJA wants to make the general membership aware of how the rule change
process for their sport works and also inform members of the
proper way to submit rule change proposals.
Visit USEF's website for a complete
list of recently approved rule changes.
When considering a rule change submission, a well-researched and carefully prepared proposal will have a better
chance of being approved by the USEF Board of Directors or Executive Committee and will have a more meaningful impact
on the fairness of competition and on the welfare of the horse. The
USEF has guidelines
on how to prepare and submit rule changes.
All proposed rule changes must be submitted online -
official Proposed Rule Change form or by contacting the USEF office.
- Define the problem and identify the geographic scope while also considering other possible solutions
that may or may not include a rule change.
- Communicate with the
USHJA committee representing the area or division you are interested in changing or
updating. They may already be working on the issue or may be willing to become the proponent. At the very least,
advance input from the committee can assist the proponent in developing the most appropriate wording.
- Proposed rule changes to General Rules, Chapters 1-13: Determine what other rules would be affected if your
proposal were to be adopted by the USEF Board of Directors or Executive Committee. Be prepared to submit rule changes
for all affected rules, each on a separate form, unless they are consecutively numbered rules. Consider how the proposed
rule change would affect all disciplines and breeds as well as the financial impact, if any, to USEF, competitions and
- Submit proper wording by the deadlines stated in GR150: June 1 for proposed rule changes submitted by individual
USEF members and USEF staff; September 1 for proposed rule changes submitted by USEF committees or affiliated
entities, such as USHJA.
- Determine the correct placement of the proposed rule change, and locate the chapter, sub-chapter
and rule number in the current website version of the Rule Book, which contains rule changes approved to date.
- Proposed rule changes that comply with the conditions and timeliness stated in GR150 are considered
standard rule changes and are to be submitted with a proposed effective date of December 1, 2012. Please clearly
state any request for an earlier proposed effective date.
- Proposed rule change: Choose "add" if this is a new rule; choose "delete" if an existing rule is
being deleted; choose "change to read" if the content change is being proposed for an existing rule.
The latter may include both deleting and adding of text.
- Type or print neatly, stating the exact wording being proposed. If you are proposing changes to
existing language, or deleting an entire rule, strike through the words or sentences you propose to
delete. Type in bold and italics the words you propose to add.
- If a substantial amount of existing wording is needed, there is less chance of error if you copy
and paste from the online Rule Book
directly into the rule change proposal form and then make revisions.
- Intent: Provide a short statement clearly describing why the rule change is needed and what will be
accomplished if the proposed rule change is approved.
- Complete all proponent information. If the proponent is a committee or an affiliate member organization,
a contact person and accompanying information must be provided.
- Sign and date the form. Review the form to make sure all required information has been provided and is
clearly stated. The proposed rule change form can be complete online or can be mailed or faxed to the USEF
address (4047 Iron Work Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511) or fax number 859.231.6662.
- The proponent will receive a response from the USEF office acknowledging receipt of the proposed rule change.
The response will include a request for the proponent to proofread a copy of the proposal as it has been entered into
the USEF's rule change database system. Please respond in a timely manner.
- USEF staff, including legal counsel, will review each proposed rule change. If there are any questions or concerns,
the proponent will be asked to clarify the proposed rule change intent, change the effective date, et cetera. The Legislative
Committee has the right and responsibility to reject proposals for cause.
- The USEF Legislative Committee will designate review of the proposed rule change by any and all standing committees
of USEF and other assigned entities deemed appropriate. When available, committee actions, staff and legal
comments will be listed as part of the proposed rule change report available on the website or that can be obtained from the
- Proposed rule changes, with committee and assigned entity comments/actions, will be listed on the USEF website
with an invitation for members to submit their comments. These comments will be forwarded to designated review committees.
- If the proponent cannot attend the annual meeting where the rule change will be considered by the board of directors,
the proponent must designate another person who will be present and who can address concerns and make decisions regarding
the wording of the proposal.
- The USEF Board of Directors and/or Executive Committee may add to, alter or amend the rules at any meeting by a
majority vote of those present, in accordance with GR150. The proponent may speak at any committee meeting and at the
If you need additional help submitting a rule change, contact USHJA staff or visit