Understand the 2019 Requirements for Show Entry

A number of rules have changed for 2019 that affect requirements for entering Cascade Horse Shows’ rated events (essentially, all shows other than the Pacific Outreach).  Most of this information is also on our show pages, but if you aren’t sure what you need to do or just need more background, then this post can help.

What is changing?


The biggest rule change for 2019 involves microchipping. All horses competing in USHJA sanctioned competitions must have a compliant microchip to compete. This requirement protects owners from fraud and ultimately benefits the animals too. There are a few exceptions: horses entered in USHJA Outreach classes, USEF Opportunity classes, leadline, and walk-trot do not have to be microchipped. Microchipping costs vary according to the veterinarian, but can often be performed starting at around $20. See the USHJA FAQ for more information.

Safe Sport Training

Another change for 2019 is the requirement for USEF Safe Sport Training. According to the USEF, “all adult US Equestrian (USEF) members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training to be eligible to participate in USEF activities”. Which of course includes Cascade shows. The good news is that this can be done conveniently online through your US Equestrian member dashboard.  Please be sure to do this before joining us in Cle Elum!

What else do I need to do to enter?

Having fun is the most important requirement. Image by Gary Voth

Other requirements such as having valid USEF and USHJA memeberships are not changing, but are important to know before attending our shows. Here is a summary of the things you’ll need to do for our rated events:

  • All entrants must have valid, active USEF and USHJA memberships.
  • Completion of USEF Safe Sport Training is required for adults (18 years and older) to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. See the FAQ for more details.
  • Microchipping: A compliant microchip is required for all horses competing in USEF-licensed and/or USHJA sanctioned competitions, as per above. See the USHJA FAQ for more information.
  • A completed and signed Release Form must be included with each show entry. If you complete your entry online, please make sure to also fill out the Release Form and send directly to Cascade Horse Shows per the instructions on our show pages.

Any final requirements?

Yes, the biggest one of all: have fun! You are the reason we do this, and it’s our commitment to make our shows as fun and rewarding as possible.  We can’t do it without your support, so thank you for choosing to spend time with us.  We we wish you the best in your 2019 show season!