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.
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.