All USEF/USHJA exhibitor memberships and horse registration may be completed at a competition; check with the Competition Secretary for assistance in determining what forms are right for your objectives. If you wish to apply before attending a competition, read more below.
Join United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)
It is not required to be a member of USEF/USHJA to participate in an USEF rated show. Generally, if you are not a member of USEF or USHJA, you will be assessed a $30/show/organization ($60 max per show) show pass fee; this fee is non-refundable. At all NMHJA Series shows and many other USEF shows, there are a limited number of classes which are exempt from the membership/show pass requirement. Check the prize list or contact show management if you are unsure.
To join USEF, the 2017 fee is a $55 membership effective through November 30th.; to join online you may go to www.usef.org. To join USHJA, the 2017 fee is a $85 membership effective through November 30th; to join online, you may go to www.usef.org and combine memberships or go directly to www.ushja.org
Record your horse with, or obtain a Horse ID Number from USEF
Except for a very limited number of classes, every horse entered at an USEF/USHJA competition must have at minimum a free USEF horse id and an USHJA lifetime registration. The USHJA registration is $75. To accumulate USEF national or zone awards, the horse must upgrade the ID to an annual ($75) or lifetime ($200*) recording. Beginning December 1, 2017, to be eligible to accumulate points, a horse MUST have a microchip and the microchip MUST be registered with USEF. Beginning December 1, 2018, to be eligible to compete at an USEF/USHJA competition, every horse MUST have a microchip and the microchip MUST be registered with USEF. For more information about micro-chipping and competition requirements, please go to:
* for horses younger than three-years-old, check with USEF for reduced lifetime recording fees.
It is your responsibility to:
- Apply for the applicable memberships
- Record your horse(s)
- Ensure information is updated when you buy a new horse, change your horse’s name (or your name!), or change status (amateur/professional)
- Provide complete and accurate entry forms to horse show office staff.