2020 Competition Year Rule Changes

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BY ANNIE BIRMINGHAM

New rules for the 2020 competition year took effect on December 1st, 2019 and were released during the 2019 USHJA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. These ten new regulations include pony hunter breeding, show coat colors, jumper prize money, and everything in between, and have now been officially added to the 2020 US Equestrian Rulebook, affecting all hunter/jumper competitors. Three significant updates are listed below.

Tack and Equipment– Rule HU105 clarifies the proper usage of a curb chain in order to protect horses from equipment that may inflict pain. Curb chains are now required to lie smooth against the horses jaw and be free from any sharp and inhumane objects.

Hunter Attire– Rule HU107 specifies that while traditional foxhunting attire is encouraged, judges may not eliminate a rider for inappropriate attire (unless for safety reasons).

Use of Electronic Devices– HU Appendix A states that the unsafe use of any electronic device (as determined by the competition steward). Including cellphones with or without headphones, is prohibited in all areas designed for schooling, exercise, and longeing on competition grounds

For a further summarization on these and the seven other rule changes and regulations, click here. To view the entire 2020 US Equestrian Rulebook, click here.


About the Author: Annie Birmingham is an 18 year old equestrian from Long Island, New York. A freshman at Long Island University studying equine management, Annie can usually be found spending time at the barn and grooming at horse shows up and down the East Coast.

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