Amateur Status Policy

Amateur Status

Anyone competing in a Confederation-licensed show as an Amateur must meet the requirements outlined in USEF GR 1306.  The Confederation does not prevent Amateur riders from earning prize money.

If an Amateur Status Inquiry is submitted to the Confederation indicating that a professional may be competing as an Amateur, the Ethics and Appeals Committee will investigate the matter.  A variety of sources will be used in the investigation, including social media posts, sponsorship promotions, ads for clinics, lessons, or training services, etc.

If evidence is found to indicate the competitor has been inappropriately competing as an Amateur, he/she will be contacted and given 30 days to provide a written statement and supporting documentation of Amateur status eligibility. If such documentation cannot be produced, then all scores and points earned by the competitor as an Amateur during that competition year will be voided, and the competitor will be immediately moved to Open status.

To view the USEF GR 1306 requirements, click here


Congratulations to William Cooper Walton!

Congratulations to William Cooper Walton on earning the scores at Intermediate level to earn his Silver Lifetime Achievement Medal!  Great job Bill!  Your hard work and dedication is noticed by everyone around you. Bill is the head coach for Team Walton. You will see many of their team members at the top of our Ranking Board. 

To learn about earning medals, click here


Congratulations to Christine Righeimer on her Pewter Lifetime Achievement Medal

Congratulations to Christine Righeimer!  Christine earned the scores needed to earn her Pewter Lifetime Achievement Medal. Your hard work and dedication shows!  Christine wanted to let everyone know that she could not have earned her medal without the help of Liz Grastorf. 

Great job!


To learn about how to earn medals, visit the website:

Why are National Show entry fees so expensive?

In an effort to help keep everyone informed, We want to publish the preliminary expense sheet from the National Show.  Not all the bills are in yet, but we want to get this information in front of you.

Keep in mind without our generous Platinum sponosor, Haras Hacienda, this show would have come in at a loss.  Haras Hacienda donated the arenas, ground crew, stabling Thursday through Monday, the cost of the Veterinarian, the cost of 1/2 of the show manager, food for the volunteers and staff at cost, obstacles, lodging for officials and volunteers, and more.  They are a huge reason that the show was able to happen.  

The show was able to stay in the black due to all of our sponsors.  Please be sure to visit their web pages, support their businesses and let them know how much we appreciate them.

We are looking forward to the 2019 National Show.  Stay tuned for details.