I am 17 years old and I currently compete at the prelim/1* level. As kind of a "part-time job" I ride a few horses for people on a semi-regular basis at the barn I board at. I on average only ride one or two horses of other peoples' per day. I don't teach riding lessons though. My 18th birthday is in two weeks so I will no longer be able to compete in the junior divisions. I don't consider myself a professional at all, but will I have to be listed as a "professional" under USEA and USEF because I make a little money from the sport? I looked at the rule book but was confused as to whether a person has to teach to be considered a pro or just make money from the sport? Also, does the amateur rule only apply if you want to compete in "rider" divisions at horse trials or to get year end points?
If you are being paid to train then yes, you are a professional. After Nov. 30,2009 you will have to stop being paid to ride or you can not ride as an ammy. Good luck. and I think this rule stinks! haha I was in your boat too.
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