MULES IN DRESSAGE
Mules in Dressage
USA Eq/USEF Board of Directors Meeting, January 18 2004
Attended in person by Meredith Hodges, Leah Patton, Carole Sweet and Linda Pittman


The following rule change was APPROVED by the BOD:

Rule 1 Ch. III: 124.1 Standard

Art 124. Horse [Rule 1. Definitions, Chapter 1.  Classes and Conditions] Change to read:  1. The term "horse" as used in these rules denotes either a horse or pony.  In all levels of USA Equestrian recognized Driving and Endurance Competitions and in the case of any other Federation Rule as it related to the Driving or Endurance disciplines as the context permits it, the term "horse" shall also include a mule.  See arts. 2001.4, 2104.2.1.  Mules are also eligible to compete in dressage classes with the exception of (1) USET Championships, USET qualifying and selection trials, and observations classes (2) any other classes designated as qualifying or selection classes for international or international high performance competition, and (3) championships where such participation is prohibited in the championship selection procedures.  See Art 1919.1

Art. 1919.1  Art 1919: Participation in Dressage Competitions.  [Rule XIX.  Dressage Division, Chapter 1. Dressage Governing Regulations] Change to read 1. Dressage classes are open to professional and amateur riders on horses, mules and/or ponies of any origin, except that ponies or mule may not be ridden in USET Championships, USET qualifying and selection trials, or observation classes.  Mules are also inelegible to compete in (1) any other classes designated as qualifying or selection classes for international or international high-performance competition, and (2) championships where use participation is prohibited in the championship selection procedures.  Dressage Competitions may be limited to ponies of any breed or origin.....


What this means is that mules are now eligible to compete in Endurance, Combined Driving, and Dressage. (See another link for more info at the bottom of this page)

Some safety issues were the primary concerns voiced by the Planning Committee and Dressage Committee members.  In that many horses are often frightened by their first sight of mules (or hearing mules bray for the first time) the Safety Committee asked to keep a tight watch on the initial competitions where mules would be present.

We are thrilled that mules are now allowed to compete on more equal basis alongside horses in these recognized competitions.

It has been a long time in the workings, as Meredith Hodges alone has worked 17 years toward this goal.

We encourage you to take this as a stride forward, and directly communicate with Leah and/or Meredith as to your direction if you intend to show your mule in dressage.

We greatly appreciate your support and send our thanks to everyone who worked so hard towards this goal.

Until later,

Leah Patton,
Sec. ADMS
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