2023 REQUIRED MEMBERSHIPS FOR SHOWING IN RATED HORSE SHOWS
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USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) has rebranded the association as US Equestrian however, USEF continues to be referenced on their site relative to competing memberships. USE is the national governing body for horse sports in the United States, especially the Olympics. MHJA horse shows operate under the recognition of the USEF. The USEF offers National Horse of the Year Awards, referred to as HOTY’s. To show at a USEF/USHJA show, an exhibitor must be a member of both organizations or pay a “Show Pass” fee.
USHJA – United States Hunter Jumper Association, the discipline affiliate to USEF for the Hunter/Jumper sport in the United States. USHJA follows USEF rules and advises USEF on rules for the Hunter/Jumper sport. USHJA divides the United States into 12 Zones of approximately 6 states, each. These Zones offer HOTY awards for certain sections and can also write specs for certain sections. That’s why sometimes a section is governed by USEF rules and sometimes by USHJA/Zone rules.
NOTE: Membership in USHJA can be applied to when completing the USEF membership application.
MHJA: Minnesota Hunter Jumper Association, an affiliate of both USEF and USHJA. As such, the MHJA abides by USEF/USHJA rules but we also are able to make our own specs and rules. All MHJA shows are USEF rated shows. Riders participating in Opportunity Classes must join MHJA to be eligible for MHJA Year-End Awards.