Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the
opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the first national nonprofit solely
dedicated to preserving the safety and well-being of athletes. Its purpose is to
enable every sport participant to thrive by fostering a national sport culture
of respect and safety, in and out of the competition field of play.
The Center has adopted a SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement that applies to its 47-member National Governing Bodies, including US Equestrian. The SafeSport Code defines prohibited conduct, which includes sexual misconduct. It also imposes a mandatory duty to report to the Center any sexual conduct prohibited by the SafeSport Code. This
Leesburg, Virginia – The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors is pleased to announce the availability of funds for safety and educational projects. The Board is committed to finding innovative endeavors which will improve safety, offer new educational opportunities for USEA members and advance the sport of eventing.
The Board believes that funding education and safety projects, which benefit all levels of eventers, will help increase the overall safety of the sport. Accordingly, the USEA’s Safety and Education Committees are requesting proposals from the public for projects that will grow and facilitate education and safety for competitors, instructors, officials and volunteers.
World experts in equestrian sport and risk management met last weekend at Tattersalls (IRL) for the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) Eventing Risk Management summit, taking a 360 look at minimizing risk in the sport. Olympic gold medalist and Chair of the FEI Risk Management Steering Group David O’Connor (USA), who chaired the summit (10-12 February), described the outcome of the three-day meetings as “great strides forward”.
As year one of the USEA Collapsible Fence Study comes to an end, Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith addressed the USEA Board of Governors at the 2016 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention on the progress of the University of Kentucky (UK) research at this halfway point.
Dr. Smith leads a small, but mighty team at the University of Kentucky which consists of Mechanical Engineering (ME) graduate student Gregorio Robles Vega, ME undergraduate senior Lange Ledbetter and Shannon Wood, an equestrian and engineering physics student at Murray State University.