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.