New Dressage Association Inc.


NEWDA Adult Amateur Affidavit

(UPDATED: 1.10.16)


NEWDA has elected to adopt the United States Equestrian Federation’s rules regarding the status of an adult amateur rider.


From the USEF Rule Book (


1.            Regardless of one’s equestrian skills and/or accomplishments, a person is an amateur if his 18th birthday, as defined in GR101, he has not engaged in any of the activities identified in paragraph 4 below.

a.            In the Dressage Division, individuals are only eligible to compete as amateurs from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach age 22, see DR119.3.

b.            For Amateurs in Jumper Sections, see JP118.

c.            For Amateurs in Hunter Sections, see HU108.

d.            For Amateurs in Eventing, see EV Appendix 3-Participation in Horse Trials.

2.            Remuneration is defined as compensation or payment in any form such as cash, goods, sponsorships, discounts or services; reimbursement of any expenses; trade or in-kind exchange of goods or services such as board or training.

3.            Permitted activities by Amateur. An Amateur is permitted to do the following:

a.            Accept reimbursement for actual expenses associated with conducting classroom seminars for a not-for-profit organization, therapeutic riding programs, or programs for charitable organizations approved in advance by the Federation.

b.            Act as a camp counselor when not hired in the exclusive capacity as a riding instructor; assist in setting schooling fences without remuneration; give instruction or training to handicapped riders for therapeutic purposes.

c.            Appear in advertisements and/or articles related to acknowledgement of one’s own personal or business sponsorship of a competition and/or awards earned by one’s owned horses.

d.            Accept prize money as the owner of a horse in any class other than equitation or showmanship classes.

e.            Accept prize money in Dressage.

f.             Accept a non-monetary token gift of appreciation valued less than $300 annually.

g.            Serve as an intern for college credit or course requirements at an accredited institution provided one has never held professional status with the Federation or any other equestrian National Federation. In addition, one may accept reimbursement for expenses without profit, as prescribed by the educational institution’s program, for the internship. In the Hackney, Roadster, Saddlebred, Saddle Seat Equitation, Morgan, Andalusian/Lusitano, Friesian, Arabian, and National Show Horse Divisions, college students may also accept a stipend during the internship served under this paragraph. At the request of the Federation, an Amateur shall provide certification from the accredited educational institution under whose auspices a student is pursuing an internship that he is undertaking the internship to meet course or degree requirements.

h.            Write books or articles related to horses.

i.             Accept remuneration for providing service in one’s capacity as a: presenter or panelist at a Federation licensed officials’ clinic, competition manager, competition secretary, judge, steward, technical delegate, course designer, announcer, TV commentator, veterinarian, groom, farrier, tack shop operator, breeder, or boarder, or horse transporter.

j.             Accept reimbursement for any bona fide expenses directly related to the horse (i.e. farrier/vet bills, entries). Travel, hotel, equipment, and room and board are not considered bona fide expenses.

k.            Entries for non-under saddle classes in amateur sections at hunter, jumper or hunter/jumper competitions, must be paid either (i) directly to the competition by the Amateur or by the Amateur’s family or (ii) by someone whom the Amateur or the Amateur’s family reimburses within 90 days of the last day of the competition for which entries were paid.

l.             Accept educational competition or training grant(s).


NEWDA Adult Amateur Affidavit Agreement

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