Thinking of creating a musical freestyle? You’ll want to be aware of this rule change.

Thanks to Loretta Lucas, STRIDE member and Region 3 representative to USDF, for submitting this to the newsletter.

During the July USEF Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting the Extraordinary Rule Change Proposal (Tracking ID #042-19) submitted by the US Equestrian Dressage Sport Committee, was discussed.  In doing so, the feedback provided by USDF via the USDF Governance Survey along with feedback submitted directly to USEF was considered.  The USEF BOD has approved the rule change to DR 129.9, which will go into effect December 1, 2019. 

The rule change is as follows:

DR129 Musical Freestyle Ride. Changes to read:

9. Except for USEF/USDF Championship classes and for FEI Pony Riders, FEI Junior, FEI Young Rider and FEI Para-Equestrian Freestyles, in order to enter a freestyle class at any level, a horse/rider combination must have received a minimum score of 63% for Training through Fourth levels and 60% for FEI levels in the highest test of the declared freestyle level or any test of a higher level at a USEF/USDF licensed Dressage Competition, Federation Licensed or FEI recognized Dressage Competition, or “open” Dressage class (i.e. open to all breeds) at a Federation Licensed Competition held prior to the competition where the horse/rider combination is entered to ride a freestyle class. A photocopy of the test verifying eligibility, or copy of the USDF score verification, must be submitted with the entry for a freestyle class.

To see a complete and up to date list of all Extraordinary and Rule Clarifications that were approved, visit the USEF website.