The UHCA Board works on a continuous basis to improve the organization while listening to the needs of our members and riders. With that in mind we want everyone to know the rule changes and important announcements for the 2019 season. We encourage all riders to read the handbook once it is published online in January.
1- Novice, Amateur, Open and Schooling class entries will now close at 11 am instead of noon. If you ride in any of those classes, please plan to arrive before 11 am to each race.
2- The Classic division obstacles will now be numbered during the race. This is the only class that will have numbers, but we feel this is a needed benefit for this class to continue to grow.
3- There have been major changes to the Schooling Class, known before as the New Rider Schooling Class. The schooling class is open to any rider that would like time on the obstacles to work with their horse, or for young horses or riders to get experience in a non-competitive environment. This class can also be done in-hand if desired.
4- The Colt class definition has also been changed. Beginning in January 2020, a colt will only be eligible for the Colt class for 1 year. It is very important that those planning to ride colts in 2019 or 2020 to read and understand the rule changes .Including the rules about riding in other organizations and Colt class eligibility. Young colts could be ridden in the Schooling class, without it affecting their Colt class status.
5- The board added an appeals statement to the Open definition. Any rider that has been restricted to the Open class, can appeal to the UHCA board to return to a lower division.