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The qualifying period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is still in effect. The extended period will not go into effect until 2017, when the qualifying period will be from July 1, 2016 to July 15, 2017, in 2018 it will be from July 15, 2017 to July 15, 2018.

"A Presidential Modification to USEF Rule SB157.5 has been granted at the request of the ASHA Pleasure Disciplines Committee. The modification reads as follows: SUBCHAPTER SB-10 WESTERN SB157.5 Professionals may compete in the American Saddlebred division in Western Country Pleasure Prospect, Junior Horse, Junior/Novice/Limit Horse and Western Country Pleasure classes designated as open, provided two additional Western classes restricted to amateurs are offered at the same competition.

The intent of this change was to provide more opportunities for exhibitors and for horse shows. It was considered a hardship on exhibitors and horse shows with the previous restrictions for professionals which stated that “professionals may compete in one designated Open Western Country Pleasure class provided two additional Western classes restricted to amateurs are offered at the same competition.”

This rule went into effect as of December 1, 2015, therefore, these classes held after this date will not count for qualification at the Kentucky State Fair. The qualifying rules state that: "any class other than Park Division classes in which a professional trainer is permitted to show a horse” will not be used for qualification. Classes held prior to this date will be used for qualification. Please note this is for the WESTERN DIVISION only.

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