Sonja Keating, General Counsel for US Equestrian (USEF), led a session about SafeSport at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. Keating began the session with a summary of the changes to the SafeSport program that have taken place over the last year, covering changes in federal law as well as policies of the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the policies of the USEF. She also discusses the history of USEF’s policies to protect minor athletes and shares that a Task Force has been appointed to determine other safeguards that can be put in place to protect athletes that comply with SafeSport and are not an imposition to members.
Following her summary of the SafeSport changes, Keating described the requirements for the SafeSport Training Program. For all USEF adult competing members, the training needs to be completed
Keating addressed the questions of the session attendees, including questions on due process and protecting members’ rights, the process that’s followed when an allegation of misconduct is submitted to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, law enforcement’s involvement in SafeSport cases.
Keating stressed the US Equestrian’s dedication to promoting a culture of reporting and transparency and reminded attendees that resources are available on the US Equestrian website.
In less than a month, eventers will wrap up the year at the Sheraton Boston Hotel for the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Dec. 12-15. Sixty years ago, the USCTA (now known as the USEA) was formed after a meeting that took place at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. From 1959, the USEA has grown from a small 20-member organization to an organization with thousands of members across the country of all levels and ages. History will come to life at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention as the USEA will honor 60 years of the sport that we all know and love.
Start teaching your horse to jump by working over cavallettis first at the walk and then by trotting over them slowly. Then school him over a variety of small fences at the trot. Schooling over low fences will build the horse's confidence. Then do the same thing at a slow canter. Remember, never force your horse over high fences as he will lose his confidence.
The St. Johns Horse Trials takes place at the St. Johns Equestrian Center in Saint Johns, Arizona (Area X) in April of each year, offering Pre-Comp through Preliminary/Training levels in addition to a derby class meant as an introduction to the sport for new horses and riders.
This year the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event forgot that it was set in sunny Florida - the 2019 event had a cold and drizzly backdrop for the 153 horses and riders who competed across four days.