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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that a presidential modification to Article 342 of the Rules relating to the schedule for receiving rule change proposals has been granted for this year only. This will allow for an extension of the due date for rule change proposals from Saturday, September 15, 2001, to Monday, September 24, 2001. The extension applies to submissions from USA Equestrian committees, councils and staff.

According to Article IV, Sec. 2 of the USA Equestrian Constitution. "The President (or the Vice-President if the President is unavailable, or the Secretary if they both are unavailable, or the Treasurer if all three are unavailable) shall make modification in the application of the Rules under special circumstances and shall report any such modification granted to the Executive Committee at its next meeting." USA Equestrian President Alan F. Balch issued the presidential modification following the national tragedy on Tuesday, September 11, owing to the extreme difficulties US citizens are encountering in communication and travel.

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 77,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.

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