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USDF/USEF Proposed Qualifying Standards--WITHDRAWN Dec. 2009

Following are the press releases from the USDF (US Dressage Federation) with links for further info regarding the proposal that there be "qualifying performance standards" in order to show at certain levels in dressage competitions.
 
Below the press releases is the proposed rule from the USEF (US Equestrian Federation) handbook for members to be discussed/voted on at the 2008 USDF convention in
December, 2008.
 
NOTE: THE USEF DRESSAGE COMMITTEE WITHDREW THE RULE PROPOSAL AFTER THE 2008 USDF CONVENTION IN DECEMBER, 2008.
Full text of the News Release is at the top below.
 
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USDF/USEF WITHDRAWS RULE PROPOSAL
DECEMBER 9, 2008
 

USDF News

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

USEF Dressage Performance Standards – Statement from the USEF Dressage Committee

During the USEF Dressage Performance Standards Open Forum held December 4th as part of the USDF Annual Convention, it was clear that the majority of attendees support some form of performance standards for dressage, mirroring the support shown in a USEF on-line survey conducted in early 2008. However, in consideration of concerns which have been expressed by membership, and sensitivity to the current state of the economy, the USEF Dressage Committee has voted to withdraw the rule change proposal for dressage performance standards.

Since the attendees demonstrated overwhelming support for the concept of "rider tests", the USEF Dressage Committee will proceed with the development of these tests, and will also be looking into ways to address judging consistency. In addition, the Dressage Committee will pursue the appointment of a joint USEF/USDF task force, with a mission to continue to study statistics and investigate performance standards options for the sport.

The USEF Dressage Committee would like to thank all USEF and USDF members for taking the time to send feedback regarding this project and look forward to future endeavors for continued improvement of the sport of dressage. 

See News Press releases at:

http://www.usdf.org/press/news/view-news.asp?news=286

http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/newsdisplay/viewPR.aspx?id=3917



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USDF News

For Immediate Release

Friday, November 21, 2008

USEF Dressage Committee Invites Members to Attend Dressage Performance Standards Open Forum

          The USEF Dressage Committee invites all members of the dressage community to participate in an open forum on Thursday, December 4, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. local time during the Adequan/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Annual Convention in Denver, CO. The Dressage Committee hopes for as much input as possible on the Performance Standards Rule Change Proposal during this open forum. We also would like to further discuss the challenges for regions outside the major competition areas, and also review the latest version of the proposed Rider Test.

          Additionally, the USEF Dressage Committee will be considering a new initiative to review the consistency of U.S. judging. In the quest for improvement and growth of our sport, the Dressage Committee is looking forward to a constructive exchange of ideas at the open forum.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, e-mail usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.

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http://www.usdf.org/press/news/view-news.asp?news=282

 

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USDF News

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

USEF Update Regarding USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal

Results of an USEF online survey conducted in May and June 2008 concerning the USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal showed that 65% of the over 1250 respondents feel that there should be a proficiency requirement in order to advance through the levels in dressage competition. In addition, 56% of respondents indicate that the levels of proficiency identified in the draft proposal were appropriate.

Important concerns about the USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal were expressed from survey respondents regarding costs to USEF, USDF, and members; access for riders in parts of the U.S. offering few shows; and recognition of good riding on modest horses. In consideration of these concerns, and as a result of ongoing work on the proposal, the USEF Dressage Committee has made several modifications to the proposal, including the inclusion of a "Rider Test" option. This test would provide another method of qualifying in order to compete at USEF-licensed dressage competitions at Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges. The Rider Test, using the movements of the current USEF Third Level Test 3, would replace traditional scoring with general scores for evaluation of rider competency. A draft sample of this test is now available on the USEF web site.  To find it, go to www.usef.org, then click on Breeds and Disciplines, then click on Disciplines, then click on Dressage, then click on National Dressage, then click on Performance Standards.  At the bottom, please click on Draft of USEF "Rider Test" to view the draft of this test.

The current USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal is now in the form of official rule change proposals, which are available for review on the USEF website. The relevant tracking numbers are #302-08 and #329-08. USEF members may submit comments regarding the rule change proposals via the website, and all feedback is welcomed and will be considered by the Dressage Committee.

USEF and USDF members will have the opportunity to discuss the USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal in person at an open forum conducted by the USEF Dressage Committee at the USDF Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado. This open forum is scheduled for Thursday, December 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 local time.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, e-mail usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.

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http://www.usdf.org/press/news/view-news.asp?news=278

 

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USDF News

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 26, 2008

United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Dressage Competition Performance Standards Rule Change Proposals Posted

The USEF Dressage Competition Performance Standards Rule Change Proposals have been posted on the USEF Web site for review.  To access the postings, go to http://www.usef.org/contentpage2.aspx?id=rulebook.  Once on that page, click on, "Summary of Rule Change Proposals for 2009 Annual Meeting," then click on "DR=Dressage Division," then click on the boxes labeled, "302-08 Performance Standards," and "329-08 Performance Standards."  The posted PDFs will come up.  USDF members who are also USEF members can submit online comments to USEF by clicking on the "Comment Form button" found on the page entitled: "Rule Book: Summary of Proposed Rule Changes."  

 
The US Equestrian Federation Dressage Committee will discuss the rule change proposals with USDF members in an open meeting, scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in Denver, CO.

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USDF News

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 05, 2008

USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal

          The United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Dressage Committee has released a revised draft of the Dressage Performance Standards Proposal for member review and feedback. This new proposal would establish a qualification process for competing at Fourth Level and above, at USEF-licensed and USDF-recognized Dressage Competitions. If adopted as a USEF rule change, the proposal would become effective on December 1, 2010 for the 2011 competition year. USDF members can review the new draft posted on the USEF Web site.
          An on line survey can be accessed by USDF members (PM's and GM's) on the USEF Web site. You must log-in through the USEF Web site to fill out the survey by June 15, 2008. If you are not a USEF member you can use your USDF member number. This survey will be used to collect member feedback and comments which will be reviewed by the USEF Dressage Committee at their July 1-2 meeting.
          The USDF Executive Board encourages your thoughtful participation in the survey. There will also be further discussion at the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention, December 3-7, 2008 in Denver, CO. A dedicated meeting on this important subject is being conducted by the USEF Dressage Committee during the USDF convention. This meeting will be open to all, and will have no conflicting meetings scheduled against it.
          The USDF Executive Board also is reviewing the revised proposal from a sport and administrative perspective. Member feedback will be important in this evaluation process.
          Please visit this link for more information, and click on the "Dressage Performance Standards Proposal" icon.

http://www.usdf.org/press/news/view-news.asp?news=236

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USDF News

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Concept of Dressage Qualification Standards Supported by USEF Board; Action Postponed Until 2009

Lexington, KY − On January 13, the final day of the USEF Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors considered rule change proposals for all breeds and disciplines. Included in this review was the much-discussed "performance standards" proposal from the Dressage Committee, which would establish a qualification process for competing at certain levels at USEF-Licensed Dressage Competitions. After extensive discussion, the Board voted to officially table the proposal until the next USEF Annual Meeting in January 2009, but also included in their motion to specifically note its support of the concept and charged the Dressage Committee to bring back a detailed proposal for final approval.

 "There was overwhelming support from the USEF Board for this concept of performance standards for dressage," said USEF President David O'Connor. "This was an important first step. We look forward to seeing the specific proposals as they are further developed."

The Dressage Committee will further develop the specifics of the "performance standards" proposal over the coming months, with a possible implementation in stages by dressage level.  Current plans are to have the proposal ready for distribution to the membership in the summer of 2008, and feedback will be collected from potentially affected affiliates.  In particular, the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), the national affiliate for dressage, will develop a communication network through its Group Member Organization (GMO) delegates and USDF Participating Member (PM) delegates this summer, which will allow for a more efficient system of communication and feedback to the Dressage Committee.  Opportunities for further discussion of the proposal will be scheduled during the 2008 USDF Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado.

"We are pleased to have the support of the USEF Board of Directors for the concept of qualification standards for certain levels of dressage competition," said Marianne Ludwig, chair of the USEF Dressage Committee. "The Committee appreciates all of the feedback received from members, and we welcome the opportunity to bring a detailed proposal back to the Board for next year's Annual Meeting."

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For more information about USEF dressage programs, please visit the Federation website at www.usef.org or contact Jennifer Keeler, USEF National Director of Dressage, jkeeler@usef.org or (859) 225-2024.

http://www.usdf.org/press/news/view-news.asp?news=211

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TEXT OF THE PROPOSED USEF RULE CHANGE:
 

http://www.usef.org/documents/ruleChanges/PRCbooklet2009.pdf

USEF

Proposed Rule Change International Summary Report

Rule Tracking # Proposed Effective Date Proponent

DR135 (329-08) 12/1/10 Dressage Committee

DR135 Dressage Competition Performance Standards. [Chapter DR. Dressage Division] Add new and renumber remaining:

The purpose of Competition Performance Standards is to ensure that riders are properly prepared to successfully move up the levels.

The qualification system is based on the rider, not the horse. Multiple horses may be used by a rider to earn qualification. Rider

qualification is permanent and there is no time limit for earning qualification.

1. Three levels exist:

a. Bronze Level: (Training-Third Level). All riders may compete at this level without earning qualification scores or points.

b. Silver Level: Required to compete at Fourth Level - Prix St. Georges (including USEF Developing Horse Test). Qualification at

this level may be achieved as follows:

(1) Earning the USDF Bronze Medal

(2) Earning a minimum of ten (10) qualification points (as defined under DR135.3, below) in USEF Third Level tests ridden in

USEF licensed/USDF recognized competitions. Scores must come from at least three different USEF or FEI judges. A panel of

two or more judges will count as one distinct judge.

(3) Earning a minimum of 65% (6.5) in the USEF Riders’ Test. The USEF Third Level Test 3 will be ridden using a separate

“USEF Riders’ Test” score sheet. Only one riders’ test qualifying score is required with a panel of two eligible judges. Judges

will officiate separately and both judges’ scores must be a minimum of 65% (6.5) in order to achieve qualification at this level.

If only one eligible judge officiates, two separate rides earning scores of at least 65% (6.5) will be required for qualification.

Scores may be obtained at the same competition.

c. Gold Level: Required to compete at Intermediaire I - Grand Prix (including Brentina Cup). Qualification at this level may be

achieved as follows:

(1) Earning either the USDF Silver or USDF Gold Medal

(2) Earning a minimum of eight (8) qualification points (as defined under DR135.3, below) in the FEI Prix St. Georges test.

Scores must come from at least two different USEF or FEI judges. A panel of two or more judges will count as one distinct

judge.

2. Qualification may be earned only at USEF licensed/USDF recognized or FEI recognized competitions. At all levels, freestyle

scores and FEI Young Horse tests/rides do not earn points. FEI Junior, Young Rider, and Pony Tests and the USEF Developing

Horse and USEF “Brentina Cup” tests may be used to earn points at the equivalent national or FEI level, as listed under DR119.2.

3. Qualification System.

a. Qualifying points will be awarded for tests/rides with the following scores. A score from a panel of two or more judges will be

considered one test/ride.

58-59.99% One (1) Point

60-62.99% Two (2) Points

63-64.99% Three (3) Points

65% and Above Four (4) Points

b. In order for qualifying points to be recorded after December 1, 2010, the rider must be a USDF Group, Participating or Life

Member and a USEF Active Member at the time points are earned.

c. Scores/points earned between 1974 and December 1, 2010 at USEF licensed/USDF recognized or FEI recognized competitions

(including foreign CDI’s) may be used towards the number of points required for rider qualification as follows:

(1) Scores earned in any Third Level test (except Freestyle) or equivalent may be used toward the ten (10) points needed for

Silver Level qualification;

(2) Scores earned in any test at or above the Prix St. Georges level or the equivalent level may be used toward the eight (8) points

needed for Gold Level qualification.

(3) All scores earned before December 1, 2010 must be verified by USDF before rider qualification is granted, unless the rider is

“grandfathered" as described under DR135.7 below.

d. Qualification at any level is not required to compete in the following tests: FEI Pony, USEF Four-Year-Old, FEI Five-Year-Old

and FEI Six-Year-Old tests. However, riders competing in the USEF Young Adult “Brentina Cup” and USEF Developing Horse

tests are not exempt from qualifying.

e. Qualification is not required for Juniors and Young Riders who are declared as candidates for the USEF National

Championships or NAJYRC and who enter designated NAJYRC/USEF qualifying classes. However, those riders must obtain the

appropriate qualification in order to compete in any other class at any competition.

f. United States Eventing Association (USEA) members are exempt from qualification requirements as follows: Horse/Rider

combinations who have achieved one or more qualifying scores as defined within the applicable (USEF or FEI) rules for Eventing

at the Advanced, CIC***, CCI*** or CCI**** levels may compete at the Silver Level without any qualifying points in Dressage.

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USEF

Proposed Rule Change International Summary Report

Rule Tracking # Proposed Effective Date Proponent

4. Compliance with DR135 (Dressage Competition Performance Standards) is mandatory at USEF-Licensed/ USDF Recognized

Dressage Competitions and "Open" Dressage divisions or sections of USEF-Licensed Regular and Local Competitions. Compliance

with Performance Standards is optional for USEF-Licensed Regular and Local Competitions with breed-restricted divisions or

sections. Dressage test scores from all USEF-Licensed/USDF Recognized Dressage Competitions and "Open" Dressage divisions or

sections of USEF-Licensed Regular and Local Competitions will be counted towards meeting Performance Standards eligibility

levels. Scores from "breed restricted" Dressage divisions or sections of Regular and Local Competitions will only be counted for

eligibility from those breeds that require Performance Standards qualification to compete in their breed-restricted dressage

sections/divisions.

5. Foreign riders may qualify under this rule, as long as USEF and USDF membership requirements are met. Alternatively, they may

prove competition eligibility with a letter to USEF from their National Federation verifying the level at which they are eligible to

compete.

6. Riders may earn a higher qualification level once their scores are verified by USDF. However, a qualification level cannot be

changed during a competition.

7. Prior to November 30, 2010, riders will be “grandfathered” into the qualification system as follows:

a. Riders on a USET/USEF Long List from 1999 to November 30, 2010 will receive qualification at the Gold Level.

b. Riders who have competed at the USEF or USET Festival of Champions from 1985 to 2010, will receive qualification at the

Gold Level.

c. USDF Bronze Medal winners from 1974 to November 30, 2010 will receive qualification at the Silver Level.

d. USDF Silver Medal and Gold Medal winners from 1974 to November 30, 2010 will receive qualification at the Gold Level.

e. USEF Dressage judges will be grandfathered as follows:

(1) ‘r’ judges will receive qualification at the Silver Level.

(2) ‘R’ judges will receive qualification at the Gold Level.

(3) ‘S’ judges will receive qualification at the Gold Level.

f. USDF Certified Instructors certified through Second Level will receive qualification at the Silver Level and those certified

through Fourth Level will receive qualification at the Gold Level.

8. Eligibility and qualification disputes will be addressed by an appeals committee which will include three members of the USEF

Technical Dressage Committee and two members of the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee and one alternate from each

committee

9. Qualification levels will be printed on USEF/USDF membership cards and will be available on both the USDF and USEF web

sites.

 

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