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Youth Council


  • The concept for a Youth Council was proposed at the July 11, 2006 USEF mid-year meeting
  • Letters were sent to each Recognized Affiliate organization in August 2006 inviting them to recommend a youth representative for the Council
  • The Youth Council’s first meeting was January 2007
  • January 2008 was the first youth convention put on by the Youth Council at the USEF Annual meeting


  • Provide strong and creative Youth leadership for all equestrian sport in the United States
  • Develop programs that expend the base of young people contributing to the leadership of equestrian sport in the United States
  • Promote the pursuit of excellence in horsemanship from the grass roots to the top levels
  • Become the best national Equestrian Youth Council in the world


  • Create a genuine commitment to the safety and well being of horse and rider, regardless of value or competition level
  • Advance the level of horsemanship across all disciplines throughout the United States
  • Generate interest between competitors and enthusiasts from all breeds and disciplines in the challenges and demands of each others’ pursuits

Objectives Short Term

  • Support the development of the affiliates’ programs that serve to expand the universality of equestrian sport.
  • Actively promote the visibility of equestrian sport to the public and work to enhance its image.
  • Establish goals specific to advancing the level of horsemanship across all disciplines and support the development of programs that contribute to the attainment of these goals.

Long Term

  • Promote sportsmanship and public participation in equestrian events and activities in the United States
  • Promote and encourage physical fitness for riders and horse enthusiasts
  • Educate members and the public about equestrian sport
  • Protect and support the welfare of horses
  • Encourage the development of programs that further advance training opportunities for junior and youth equestrian athletes
  • Serve as a supporting body for youth equestrian activity in the United States.
  • Encourage and promote education in the areas of sports medicine and sports safety for both human and equine athletes and disseminate information that is developed.


  • Must be a member of USEF and a Recognized Affiliate of USEF
  • Age limit-minimum 16 years and maximum of 22 years.
  • Ages are based on the age of the council member at the time of the USEF Youth Council Annual Meeting
  • Council members who are 22 at the time of the convention will be permitted to fulfill their year commitment to the council regardless of an age change during their tenure
  • Should specific circumstances require the nomination of a council member younger than 16 or older than 22 at the time of the convention, special permission will be necessary from the chair, co-chair, and the USEF Program Manager prior to the general nomination considered by the Youth Council.
  • Regardless of age, a council member elected to co-chair will finish their tenure as co-chair and chair.
  • A co-chair could be elected at 22 and finish their tenure as the chair at 24
  • Ex-Officio, non voting advisors can be invited to serve on the council by the chair, co-chair, and USEF Program Manager in any capacity regardless of age
  • Outgoing chairs are automatically appointed as ex-officio advisors if age or circumstance precludes them from retaining their general council seat.

Participation/Dismissal Policy

  • Attendance at the USEF Youth Council Annual Meeting is mandatory
  • Participation in 4 of the 6 teleconferences per year is required
  • Prompt responses to all correspondence is expected
  • Failure to attend the USEF Youth Council Annual Meeting is grounds for immediate dismissal by the Youth Council Board
    • If a council member is unable to attend the meeting, an explanation for his/her absence can be submitted in written form to the Youth Council Chair for consideration by the Youth Council Board within 2 weeks of the absence
  • Non-attendance at more than 2 teleconferences is grounds for immediate dismissal by the USEF Youth Council Board (Extenuating circumstances may be identified in written form to the Youth Council Chair for consideration by the Youth Council Board within 2 weeks of the absence)
  • Council members consistently displaying disinterest or indifference (including but not limited to: untimely responses to correspondence or lack of participation in subcommittee work) may be recommended by any subcommittee chair, USEF program manager, or his/her respective affiliate for review by the Youth Council Board for dismissal.
    • Any council member facing review will be notified in written form and given the opportunity to submit a written protest within 2 weeks to the Youth Council Chair for consideration by the Youth Council Board
  • A council member can resign from the council at any time by notifying the Chair and the USEF Program Manager in writing
  • The Youth Council Board consists of the Chair and Co-Chair
  • All votes for dismissal, regardless of their origin, must be agreed on by both the Chair and the Co-Chair in close consultation with the USEF Program Manager
  • The Co-Chair will be charged with ensuring compliance with the Youth Council Participation and Dismissal Policies
  • If it is necessary for the formation of an ad hoc governance committee, the Co-Chair can request the formation of such committee through a council-wide vote and would function as Chair of the ad hoc governance committee


  • General Youth Council meets every other month on the second Monday by teleconference
  • Subcommittees meet as needed
  • Chair participates in USEF Annual and Mid-year Board meetings to give report on Council progress


  • To be formed by caucus at each Youth Council Annual Meeting
  • Subcommittee Chairs are to be elected by majority vote
  • No limit to number of times a Subcommittee Chair can serve as chair
  • The current subcommittees are Education, Promotion, Convention, and Governance

Accomplishments to Date

  • Two successful Youth Conventions
  • Developed Youth Council logo
  • Merchandise line including: t-shirts, sweatshirts, belts, etc. to be sold online and at youth events
  • Coloring book including all breeds and disciplines
  • High school packet-includes information for school administrators to introduce USEF and begin dialogue among parents, teachers and students; college information and riding programs