I don’t know about you but I personally find the USEF Amateur Status rules kinda complicated. They make the running of equestrian businesses as an amateur more complicated as well. I would say that 95% of the time your average Jane Doe is not going to be even close to violating their ammie status. If you have interest in reading the rules click here or see below.
Main takeaways for violations are:
- If you accept any money or “remuneration” and perform any riding, training, teaching, or consultation you are in violation of amateur status
- If you accept any “remuneration” AND are employed as a groom, farrier, vet, etc AND ride, train, teach, or consult for any of the horses owned by the employer or person paying the remuneration you are in violation of amateur status
- Ultimately don’t accept money for anything for any horse that you ever plan to ride would be my main goal
I have a few ideas up my sleeve for horse related sales but I need to do more research on what kind of steps I would need to take to sell items that are consumed or used on horses… I also need to find more time to experiment with my creations… Work and actually riding take up the majority of my time!
Do any of you have any tips or insights for keeping within the bound of amateur status? Things to avoid? Any violations that are easy to miss and accidentally do? Personal experience with any of the examples above?