As the incoming chair of the Professional Horseman’s Council, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Council and talk about what some of our goals are for the upcoming season.
Equestrian sport has served to inspire my life and career since I was able to say the word "horse." Eventing in particular captured my imagination with the bravery, athleticism, and horsemanship that I saw in the horses and riders galloping cross-country. I truly believe that eventing represents the best in equestrian sports; partnership, teamwork, comradery, toughness, boldness, freedom, grit.
On March 13 and 14, Danny Warrington and Jonathan Holling will host a special LandSafe Clinic at Holling’s farm in Ocala, Florida. This LandSafe Clinic is sponsored by a grant from the United States Eventing Association and is focused not only on educating riders on the importance of fall safety, but also educating parents.
“There was a fall recently that was very close to both Johnathan and I,” said Warrington. “We got together in a short amount of time to put this together.”
Ask horse owners to name their most-feared horse diseases, and chances are equine herpesvirus, or EHV, will be on the list. With the competition season underway, it’s important for equestrians to be vigilant and take preventive measures, from vaccination to biosecurity.
Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 has been signed into law, becoming effective immediately. The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department, within 24 hours. Failure to report is subject to criminal penalties.
The bill amends two federal statutes: the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) follows all USEF Safe Sport Policies. For more information about the Safe Sport Policy, click here.
Dear US Equestrian Members,
The safety and welfare of our members, especially our children, is of paramount importance to US Equestrian. This is why we are writing directly to every member and to the parents of our junior members. We believe it is vital to the sustainability of the sport we love, to deliver Safe Sport information and resources directly to our members.
Following continued monitoring of concussion research and Head Injury Assessment Guidelines and consultation with healthcare professions, the Chief Medical Officers for BE and the FEI and British Eventing Officials and Organisers, BE has implemented the rule that any competitor falling during their dressage test or on course of the show jumping or cross country phase will be eliminated and not allowed to continue on course.
Honoring its commitment to cross-country safety innovation and technology US Equestrian (USEF) is proud to continue the Eventing Frangible Technology Grant Program. Organizers of USEF licensed eventing competitions may apply for a grant to supplement the cost of frangible devices for their cross-country courses.
Beginning in June 2008, the USEF began supplying frangible pins at no cost to organizers of licensed eventing competitions. Over the past 10 years, new frangible technologies have entered the marketplace supplementing the frangible pin, prompting the expansion of the program to different types of technology.