Leesburg, VA - United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) President Diane Pitts has announced the formation of a new task force related to the safety of the horse and rider while on cross-country. Its mission is to “explore cross-country obstacle construction and design safety.”
In her announcement of the appointments to the task force, Ms. Pitts stated, “I believe all of us share in the belief that one of the USEA's primary concerns should always be the improvement of safety in our sport. In her announcement of the appointments to the task force, Ms. Pitts stated, “I believe all of us share in the belief that one of the USEA's primary concerns should always be the improvement of safety in our sport. This Task Force will be looking at a lot of design questions. Our lives change daily because of improvements in technology. If there are design improvements, like the frangible pin, that can add to the safety of our horses and riders on XC then they should be constantly explored.” The USEA, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the sport as a whole have made tremendous strides in the past two decades to address the safety of both horses and riders. Some of those advancements include:
“While much has been done to better protect our horses and riders, the USEA is unwilling to be complacent,” said USEA CEO Jo Whitehouse. “We must do all that we can to make this sport as safe as possible, and this task force is yet another step toward that continued goal.”
Members of the task force will include:
The task force will work directly with USEA CEO Jo Whitehouse, and will be advised by U.S. Team Chef d’ Equipe David O'Connor.
Members of the USEA are encouraged to contact the task force chairs with constructive suggestions at [email protected] with the email subject of “Course Design.”
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