It was standing room only at the United Professional Horsemen's Association’s Safe Sport forum held during the recent UPHA National Conference in Palm Springs, California, January 15-19, 2019.
"Safe Sport: An Open Forum" was presented by the UPHA Governance Committee, moderated by its chair, Tammie Conatser, and UPHA Governance Committee member, Donna Pettry-Smith. During the forum, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about Safe Sport policies and procedures and express their concerns to the panelists, which consisted of USEF General Counsel, Sonja Keating; USEF Chief Executive Officer, Bill Moroney; and US Center for SafeSport representative, Eric Barreras. The forum was approximately two and a half hours long and consisted of a 15-minute general introduction to Safe Sport, followed by questions from the audience. Multiple attendees asked multi-layered questions in attempt to clarify some of the more complex issues.
Some of these issues are outlined below, along with corresponding time references from the recording of the forum, posted on the UPHA website www.uphaonline.com. Please reference the video recording for more detailed information.
(1:16:02) and (2:12:16) Requirements regarding SafeSport training and USEF Membership:
(2:22:40) Cost of SafeSport Training
(31:30) and (1:26:50) Constitutional or Civil Rights
Clarification regarding Constitutional or Civil rights, or lack thereof, as it pertains to the hearing process at USEF and/or The Center for SafeSport:
(55:30) USEF Process versus US Center for SafeSport Process
There is a difference between the USEF process and The Center for SafeSport process when an alleged code or rule violation has occurred.
(2:19:08) USEF Board Representation
(1:47:20) UPHA Rule Change Proposal Submitted to USEF Governance Committee
The UPHA Governance Committee has submitted a rule change proposal, listed below, to the USEF Governance Committee for consideration in an attempt to relieve most classes of amateur exhibitors from the requirement of taking the SafeSport training.
GR1303 Safe Sport Requirements
c. Beginning January 1, 2019, Federation adult members (18 and over) falling under the category of “Coaches and Trainers” (adults who share responsibility for instructing, teaching, schooling, training or advising an athlete or horse in the context of equestrian sport) or “USEF Designees” (staff, licensed officials, board members and individuals USEF formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with any athlete) shall complete Federation-approved Safe Sport Training in accordance with US Center for SafeSport’s Education & Training Policies
(2:31:30) Live SafeSport Training Session Offered
The American Morgan Horse Association is hosting a “live” Safe Sport Training Session at the 2019 AMHA Annual Meeting and Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The session will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. local Central time on Wednesday, February 6, at the Hyatt Regency Country Resort and Spa. The “live” training can be completed in lieu of the online Safe Sport training course and will satisfy the Safe Sport training requirement for US Equestrian members. For more information please contact the AMHA Executive Director, Carrie J. Mortensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click to watch Safe Sport: An Open Forum
Click for USEF Safe Sport information.
-- via UPHA