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2020 US Trotting Rule Book

This Rule Book is divided into two Chapters. Chapter One is a compilation of the Rules and Regulations of The United States Trotting Association; Chapter Two consists of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Association. Since it is anticipated that in most instances the user of this Rule Book will be concerned primarily with the chapter on Rules, it is important for such a user to understand that the rules recited herein relating to the racing of horses, as opposed to the registration of horses, are applicable only to those non-pari-mutuel meetings over which no State Racing Commission, or other State Regulatory Body asserts primary jurisdiction.

The rules governing the racing of horses at all pari-mutuel meetings in the various states, and certain non-pari-mutuel meetings in at least one state, are the rules of the applicable State Regulatory Bodies which promulgate and enforce their own rules.

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2021 Proposed Rule Changes New
Rule changes will be considered by the membership at each district's annual meeting and will be voted on by the USTA Board of Directors at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

2020 Adopted Rule Changes
Rule changes were adopted by the USTA Board of Directors at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Unless otherwise noted, these rules go into effect on May 1, 2020.

Previous Rule Books

2019 (PDF)

2018 (PDF)