The following information was released by the United Professional Horsemen's Association Governance Committee.
- A new United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rule, GR1303 Safe Sport Requirements, was approved by the USEF Board of Directors on August 27, 2018.
- All USEF Competing adult Members (amateurs, professionals, owners) MUST take Safe Sport Training in order to be eligible to compete in 2019. This includes Annual, Three Year and Lifetime Members.
- Safe Sport Training MUST be complete by January 1, 2019 or within thirty (30) days of renewing a membership, or will be ineligible to compete at a USEF Competition.
- USEF is the National Governing Body (NGB) designated by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for Equestrian Sport and, therefore, under Senate bill S.534 “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017," the USEF must offer and provide Safe Sport Training.
- Senate bill S. 534 designated the US Center for Safe Sport as the independent national Safe Sport Organization for US Olympic and Paralympic Organizations. “The Center” receives reports, conducts investigations, determines sanctions and informs NGBs (USEF) of sanctions for Safe Sport Violations.
- Federal law requires the USEF, as the Olympic Equestrian Sport NGB, to enforce sanctions imposed by the US Center for Safe Sport. All organizations affiliated with USEF, whether they participate in Olympic disciplines or not (e.g. ASHA, AHHS, AMHA, ARHPA), also are required to uphold the sanctions imposed by the US Center for Safe Sport.
- The US Center for Safe Sport exclusively handles all reports of sexual misconduct.
- The USEF handles all reports of non-sexual misconduct including harassment, hazing, bullying and physical or emotional misconduct.
Click HERE for more information from the UPHA Goverance Committee.
-- via UPHA