New to Dressage?
Are you new to the sport of dressage and would like to learn what it's all about? The United States Dressage Federation is the governing body of the sport in the United States, and their web site is a great place to start for anyone looking to learn more about dressage. Visit any of the links below to find out more (note: links will open in a new window).
To find a dressage group or how to get involved in your area, visit our GMO Page for a list of groups near where you live.
The USDF membership year begins on December 1 and ends on November 30.
Join USDF with a Participating Membership to get all of the benefits USDF offers:
• Youth Participating Membership ($35) – For individuals who have not reached their 21st birthday by December 1 of the current membership year.
Group Membership Organizations (GMOs)
GMOs – USDF has approximately 130 affiliated dressage clubs, or Group Member Organizations (GMOs), across the United States and Canada. These clubs submit their membership rosters to the USDF office. By joining your local GMO, you automatically become a group member (GM) of USDF.
GMO benefits include:
Horse RegistrationUSDF Horse Identification Number ($20)
The USDF Horse Identification (HID) number is a one-time tracking number and minimum required registration for horses to participate in USDF-recognized/ USEF-licensed competitions*. While this level of registration will not allow a horse to compete for Adequan®/USDF Year-End Awards or to qualify for Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships, it will allow USDF to record and track scores for all horses competing. An HID can be upgraded to a USDF Lifetime Horse Registration (LHR) for a fee of $65.
*For exceptions to the HID requirement, please refer to Chapter 4 of the Competitions Handbook
USDF Lifetime Horse Registration ($85)
The USDF Lifetime Horse Registration (LHR) is a one-time registration fulfilling the USDF horse registration requirements for all USDF award and championship programs. Please review individual program information for owner/rider requirements. **There are additional USEF horse recording requirements for Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional qualifying and championships classes.
(No USDF horse registrations need to be renewed.)
For Lease Recording Information and other horse registration documents, see forms & documents.