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Mollie Bailey

November 13, 2009

So Let's Say...A Question And Answer Session On The Amateur Rule

The USEF Regulation Department reviewed a selection of common questions that flood their inbox for The Chronicle. Note: each of the scenarios assumes that all other qualifications for amateur certification have been met.

Q: I’m a 19-year-old working student who does barn work and hacks customers’ horses around the farm to keep them fit. I do not get paid cash; I do get free lessons, board and housing in exchange for my work. Am I an amateur?

November 13, 2009

So You Changed Your Mind About Your Professional Status

Swapping from amateur to professional is as simple as submitting a signed letter to the U.S. Equestrian Federation explaining that you’re relinquishing amateur status.

But obtaining an amateur card after riding as a pro requires a little more legwork.

November 13, 2009

Protesting Amateur Status: A CliffsNotes Guide

Protesting someone’s amateur status requires more than a little dedication. The protester bears the burden of proof and is responsible for gathering and submitting all the evidence proving the violation. Plus, there’s a financial commitment: members pay a $200 deposit and non-members pay $300, returned if the protest is upheld.

November 13, 2009

The Rule—Chapter 13 GR1306: Amateur Status

Reprinted from the 2010 USEF Rule Book

November 13, 2009

Amateur-Owner Pitfalls

A rule change effective Dec. 1 brings the amateur-owner jumper rule, JU117, into alignment with the comparable hunter rule, forbidding amateur-owner jumper riders from competing horses not owned by them at the same show. But that discussion is far from over.

The USHJA Amateur Committee is still tweaking the wording of the amateur-owner jumper rule, while concurrently the USEF National Jumper Committee has proposed a rule change to remove the word “owner” from the amateur-owner jumper divisions.

October 30, 2009

A Study In Contrasts

 Harrisburg, Pa., isn’t the kind of place where there’s much international anything, so when the Pennsylvania National comes to town and riders from five countries book hotel rooms, locals are happy to shell out $20 a ticket to attend.

October 30, 2009

Let's Fly Takes Off At The Pennsylvania National

Rodrigo Pessoa and his rising star swoop into Harrisburg to take the top check.

When Rodrigo Pessoa headed back first for the jump-off of the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W aboard Let’s Fly, he knew he would have to find a way to shake off the five strong riders who would follow.

October 30, 2009

Pennsylvania National Tidbits

•    McLain Ward was almost unbeatable this year. He won the leading open jumper rider trophy after the topping the $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump and $25,000 NAL Open Speed Final on Goldika 559, the $10,000 Gem Twist Gambler’s Choice and $5,000 Kick The Clouds Open Speed with Miss Liberty 7, and the $5,000 Southside Open Speed aboard Esplanade 7. He only loosened his stranglehold on the blue ribbons in the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National when Phillipa dropped the back rail of an oxer to finish 10th.

October 23, 2009

Pennsylvania National Tidbits

•    When Leah DeMartini, Bronxville, N.Y., started leasing Vida Blue from Laura King, the mare had already been entered at the Pennsylvania National in the older age division, and the rules didn’t allow DeMartini, 15, to switch to the other section. But Jennifer Waxman was only too happy to fill in and pick up the large junior hunter, 16-17, and high-point large junior hunter honors along the way.

October 23, 2009

Lyle Scores A Hat Trick At Pennsylvania National

Accurate riding by Abby O'Mara earns the veteran junior hunter his third consecutive Harrisburg tricolor.

When Don Stewart Jr. says he’s never seen Lyle go better than he did this year at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg, Pa., he knows what he’s talking about.

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