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Wed, 2016-10-05 09:13

New Modified Level to Make its Debut in 2017

The new Modified level, which was created as a stepping stone between the Training and Preliminary levels, will be making its debut in USEA recognized competitions beginning in 2017. Many have argued that the step up from Training to Preliminary is one of the largest in the sport, and introduces many new challenges including fence height, fence width and increased complexities in all three phases.  In an effort to combat this looming move up, the USEA Board of Governors approved the new Modified level, which will be officially offered on December 1, 2016.

Only two events, Heart of the Carolinas and Coconino, have signed on to host the level, but more organizers are soliciting interest on whether to add the level to their competitions. If you are interested in competing at the Modified level in 2017 please reach out to your local organizer. Contact information can be found under each event in the USEA Omnibus. Events are eager to host the new level, but there needs to be enough interest to let the division be sustainable, so make sure to reach out and let your local organizers know that you support the new Modified level!

Modified Quick Facts:

  • The Modified level is open to horses 4-years-old and older.
  • Riders must achieve two NQRs at Training level to compete at Modified.
  • Max height of both cross-country and show jumping fences is 3’5”
  • Cross-country course distance will be: 2200m-3000m with 22-28 jumping efforts
  • The speed of cross-country will be 490mpm 
  • The speed of show jumping will be 325 mpm with 10-13 jumping efforts
  • Flags will be numbered with an orange number on a blue background
  • The fourth refusal on cross-country results in elimination
  • The third refusal on show jumping results in elimination
  • An ‘r’ course-designer is required for cross-country
  • Cross-country courses can include: angled lines, corners, varied terrain and combinations with water or narrow fences.
  • The show jumping course will include two doubles, or a double and a triple combination.
  • The dressage test will be held in a small ring and will include leg yield, medium gaits and changes of lead through the trot.

Full rules for the Modified division are available in the 2017 USEF Rules For Eventing


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