Microchipping is going to be a requirement for competition horses. Make sure you get your horse microchipped through your veterinarian so that it is microchip compliant.
As of December 1, 2017, US Equestrian will require a horse microchip for horses and ponies competing in classes that require USHJA horse registration. The microchip verifies the horse’s ID, which allows the horse to compete for points and prize money and to be eligible for certain US Equestrian and USHJA programs and awards. The microchip has a unique 15-digit number that will be assigned only to your horse.
The rule change is a process that will take place over the next 2 years. The 2018 competition year (December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018) will be a transitional year, where in order to collect points horses must provide a microchip number. Beginning with the 2019 competition year, all horses competing at a USEF licensed competition will be required to provide a microchip number or they will not be permitted to compete.