On March 21, the USEF Executive Committee approved an Extraordinary Rule Change for the Morgan Division of the USEF Rule Book. Extraordinary Rule Changes simply mean that once passed, the rule becomes effective immediately.  The rule only effect the Leadline division, now stating that all exhibitors in those classes must wear protective headgear at all times while mounted.

The rule change was put forward by the board of the American Morgan Horse Association just weeks after the USEF passed similar protective headgear rule changes for the disciplines of Dressage and Eventing. AMHA is also considering proposing that exhibitors in Walk/Trot classes wear protective headgear as well, but this change is still being discussed among the association.

USEF President David O’Connor stated, “We applaud the American Morgan Horse Association for this bold, forward-thinking move.”

The Equiery wants to know what you think! Do you think more breed associations should follow AMHA’s example? Email editor@equiery.com and we’ll add your comments to the article “The Death of the Top Hat” on our archives.