Want to Compete Modified in 2020? What You Need to Know

Alice Roosevelt and Get It Together competing in the country’s first Modified division at The Fork at TIEC in 2017. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The U.S. Eventing Association announced this week that Modified level has changed from being USEF Endorsed to USEF Recognized. This will officially go into effect April 1, 2020.

The main takeaway here is that riders, owners and trainers will now need to be registered as Competing Members with US Equestrian or pay the $45.00 non-member fee at each event taking place after April 1. Don’t forget, US Equestrian membership includes mandatory SafeSport training. You can find more information about that here.

Riders competing at the Modified level will also be responsible for paying the $8.00 USEF Administration Fee when entering an event.

Horses do not have to be registered with the USEF to compete at the Modified level.

“We are working with our colleagues at US Equestrian to spread the word to eventers about this change and we appreciate the general public’s help,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk.

“When the Modified level was first proposed in the U.S., it was primarily intended to bridge the transition for horses and riders into the Preliminary level. The volunteer leaders of eventing in the U.S. were also aware that the FEI would be eventually offering a level below CCI2* equivalent to Modified. With the recent changes to the US Equestrian General Regulations the inclusion of Modified as a recognized level became official. The Beginner Novice through Training levels will remain endorsed levels of competition and no changes will occur to entering those levels of competition.”

Here are events listed to host a Modified division in 2020:

Area I

Valinor Farm H.T., June 14
Kent School Spring H.T., June 21
Genesee Valley Hunt H.T., July 11-12
Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T., Aug. 15-16
Kent School Fall H.T., Oct. 4

Area II

The Fork at TIEC, April 2-5
MCTA H.T., Inc, May 2-3
NJ Region’s H.T., May 31
Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T., June 13-14
The Maryland International + Horse Trials, July 3-5
Olney Farm H.T., Aug. 2
Waredaca Farm H.T., Aug. 15-16
Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T., Sept. 5-6
Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC, Sept. 12-13
MDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T., Oct. 9-11
Waredaca Classic Three Day Event & H.T., Oct 22-25
The VHT International & H.T., Oct. 29-Nov 1

Area III

Ocala Winter I H.T., Feb. 6-9
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., Feb. 29-March 1
Ocala Winter II H.T., March 12-15
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., April 3-5
Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, April 8-12
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., May 16-17
Ocala Summer H.T. I, May 30-31
Stable View Summer H.T., June 19-21
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., June 27-28
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., July 4-5
Ocala Summer H.T. II, Aug. 15-16
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., Aug. 29-30
Poplar Place Farm September H.T., Sept. 12-13
Ocala Fall HT, Oct. 10-11
Chattahoochee Hills H.T., Oct. 24-25
Grand Oaks H.T., Oct. 24-25
Grand Oaks H.T., Nov 21-22

Area IV

Catalpa Corner May Madness H.T., May 2
Queeny Park H.T., June 13-14
Catalpa Corner Charity H.T., Aug. 1-2

Area VII

Spokane Sport Horse Farm 5th Annual Spring H.T., May 7-10


Spring Bay H.T., April 4-5
IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event, May 28-31

Area X

Southern Arizona H.T., Nov. 21-22

Questions about the Modified level should be directed to USEF Director of Eventing National Programs Shealagh Costello at [email protected].

[Modified to Change from US Equestrian Endorsed to Recognized Level]