The United States Eventing Association (USEA) joins our partners at US Equestrian and our fellow equestrian sport affiliates in condemning racism. We do not tolerate discrimination, injustice, and violent acts in any form. We support peaceful protests and demonstrations. We welcome all people who agree with these principles into the sport of eventing with a full heart. The mission of our Association has always been focused on our relationship with the horse and the welfare of the horse. With the horse by our side, we should all be able to find freedom and acceptance. A horse is a great equalizer and we wish for all to be able to experience their freedom, spirit, and magnificence and be able to do so without suffering bigotry, brutality, or racism.
The USEA fully supports the below statements outlined by US Equestrian.
Dear Equestrian Community,
The protests and political unrest ignited by the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis have dominated the news throughout the world and motivated hundreds of thousands – including many of our employees – to protest peacefully against racial injustice. This has been a difficult and emotional time, and we wanted to share with you the steps US Equestrian is taking to listen, learn, and do more.
Last Tuesday, US Equestrian participated in #BlackoutTuesday and issued the following statement:
We pause in solidarity and support of the black members of our community. We are committed to listening and learning from you. We hear you. We stand with you. We can and will do better. Black lives matter. #BlackoutTuesday
We are energized by the overwhelming amount of support from this community for Black equestrians and your desire for us to do more.
We believe it is important to be very clear: Black lives matter to US Equestrian. We stand firmly against racism and discrimination of any kind and are taking steps to further educate our staff and create a more inclusive and diverse community for all staff and participants.
As we work to schedule these trainings, there are many resources immediately available to our entire equestrian community. We are asking our employees and encouraging our members to take some time and utilize the resources below to educate themselves on the history and importance of these issues.
We understand this is an emotional and difficult time for many. Remember, US Equestrian fan members have access 24/7 to a mental health first aid hotline at 1-800-633-3353. Please do not hesitate to reach out and take advantage of these free services.
Thank you all for your efforts to spread the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible, and for advancing our goal of increasing diversity in equestrian sport through an educated and open equestrian community.
Chief Executive Officer
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