Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if my horse arrives at a competition without a microchip?
Starting December 1, 2018, a horse/pony may not compete in any classes requiring USHJA registration unless it has a compliant microchip. If a horse does not have a microchip and is unable to get one prior to competing, it shall not be allowed to compete.

What information does USEF read off the microchip?
The only information contained on the microchip is the chip number. This number is tied to the information you provide to USEF.

How will competition secretaries know if a horse has been microchipped?
The microchip number will be added to a horse’s USEF/USHJA certificate and verification, which is information available to competition secretaries.

How can a competition secretary tell if a horse’s microchip is compliant or not?
A microchip verification check has been added to the new USEF API that will state whether the horse or pony is eligible to compete in Hunter/Jumper sections due to its microchip.

Should I have another microchip put in my horse if it doesn’t have a compliant microchip?
Yes. You need to have a 15-digit ISO compliant 11784/11785 microchip. Once a compliant microchip is implanted, you should report both numbers to the USEF.

What should I do if my horse has multiple microchips?
If a horse has multiple microchips, please report the number for every microchip to the USEF even if one of the microchips is not compliant.

What if my horse arrives at a competition with no microchip in the USEF database but the horse is microchipped?
If the owner knows the microchip number they can report it through their online MyUSEF account or by filling out the paper Microchip Reporting form. If a horse completes either of these at the competition they should be allowed to compete.

What do I do if an owner or trainer does not know the microchip number of the horse and it has not yet been reported to USEF?
If there is a vet or official on the grounds with a microchip scanner that can read the microchip number, they may report the microchip to USEF using either the online or paper reporting methods. If there is no scanner available and they cannot locate the microchip number, the horse shall not be allowed to compete.

Are there any horses exempt from the microchip requirement?
The only classes exempt from the microchip requirement are outreach classes and those classes listed in GR901.9 (1-9). Please note, although foreign horses are exempt from the microchip requirement, they must still have a microchip in order to earn points for any USEF or USHJA Horse of the Year Award or program, including Equitation sections and Medal qualification.

How much does microchipping cost?
The cost varies depending upon the veterinarian conducting the procedure, starting at $20.

Who can I contact for more information?
For more information about the microchipping requirement, contact USEF Customer Care by phone at (859) 258-2472, send an email to (please allow up to 24 hours response time), or log onto and choose online support to live chat with a representative. USEF Customer Care representatives are available M-F 8:30am to 5pm ET.