In the Magazine: The New Microchip Rule – What You Need to Know

As usual, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) instituted some new rules for the 2017–2018 show year. One of those rules, part of which goes into effect Dec. 1, 2017, addresses microchips and competition horses. According to an informal poll that I conducted on my Twitter account, 69 percent of my followers were unaware of this new rule, and 86 percent have not had their horses chipped yet.

The new rule rolls out in two phases. During Phase I, which begins Dec. 1, 2017, all horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA-sanctioned competitions with hunter, hunter breeding, jumper, and hunter/jumper seat equitation classes, not restricted by breed, must be microchipped in order to accumulate points.

Phase II, which goes into effect Dec. 1, 2018, requires that all horses, regardless of point accumulation purposes, competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA-sanctioned competitions with hunter, hunter breeding, jumper, and hunter/jumper seat equitation classes must be microchipped. Again, the rule applies to the aforementioned classes as long as they are not restricted by breed.

Read the full article in the February issue of Heels Down Magazine.

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