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Forms and Publications

Members' Rights

Before any adverse action is taken by the Federation, you will be afforded the rights contained herein.

Protecting the Sport: Guide to Federation Rule Enforcement and Hearing Process

This pamphlet has been drafted to provide general information and to help you understand the Federation Rule enforcement and administrative hearing process. Please be advised that the information in this pamphlet is subject to change at any time and in the case of discrepancy between this information and the Federation Rules, the Federation Rules take precedence and prevail over this information.

Guidelines for Filing a Protest or Charge

This form provides an insiders explanation of the process for filing a Protest of Charge.

Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines

The Horse Welfare & Safety Penalty Guidelines (“Guidelines”) have been prepared to inform the Federation membership of the types and ranges of penalties that may be imposed for rule violations based on the categories below. These Guidelines also assist the Hearing Committee Panels in the imposition of consistent and efficient penalties.

USEF Welfare and Safety Penalty Guidelines FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the USEF Welfare and Safety Penalty Guidelines

Drugs & Medications Penalty Guidelines

The Drugs & Medications Penalty Guidelines (“Guidelines”) have been prepared to inform the Federation membership of the types and ranges of penalties that have been imposed for rule violations based on the categories below. These Guidelines also assist the Hearing Committee Panels in the imposition of consistent and efficient penalties.

Grievance Complaint Form

A grievance may be filed by any amateur athlete, or other eligible athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator or official regarding his/her opportunity to participate in, or to attempt to qualify for selection to participate in any equestrian event of the Pan American Games, Paralympic Games, the Olympic Games, World Championship competitions or any other protected competitions as that term is defined in Section 1.3 (w) of the USOPC Bylaws, including any domestic amateur athletic competition or event organized and conducted as part of the selection procedure directly qualifying each successful competitor therein as an athlete representing the U.S. in such equestrian international competitions. Any grievance must be made in writing over the signatures of the person or persons presenting the same, and must state the full name(s) and address(es) of the athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, official, the Federation, another organization which is an Affiliate Member of the Federation, a committee of the Federation or a committee of an Affiliate Member of the Federation against whom the grievance is made, and must include with specificity a complete statement of the acts which constitute such grievance, including the requested relief sought. The grievance should be addressed to the Hearing Committee and should be transmitted to the attention of the Federation CEO or his designee at the Federation office by hand delivery or by certified mail or by facsimile as soon as practicable following the events which are the subject of the grievance.

Athlete's Guide to Filing a Grievance

This guide focuses on the process available to athletes filing a grievance through the USEF internal process.

Official Charge Form

In accordance with GR604, any official of a USEF Licensed Competition, any Steward or Technical Delegate assigned to a USEF licensed competition, any National Officer of the Federation or the CEO of the Federation or his designee may file a charge with the Show Committee or the USEF Hearing Committee alleging a violation of any Federation rule(s). A charge must be: in writing; signed by the person making the charge; addressed to the secretary of the competition at which the alleged violation occurred, or to the Hearing Committee and if made to a Show Committee it must be received by the steward, technical delegate or a member of the Show Committee within 48 hours of the alleged violation. If made to the Hearing Committee it must be received by the Federation within a reasonable time.

Official Protest Form

In accordance with GR603, any rider, driver, handler, vaulter, longeur, exhibitor, owner, agent, trainer or the parent of a junior exhibitor, or any Life, Senior, or Junior member present at the competition may file a protest with the Show Committee of a Licensed Competition or The Federation Hearing Committee alleging violation of any Federation rule(s). The protest must contain all information as specified in GR602.1 and must be: in writing; signed by the protester; addressed to the Show Committee of the competition at which the alleged violation occurred, or to the Hearing Committee; accompanied by a deposit of $200 if made by a Federation member or the parent of a junior exhibitor member or $300 if made by a non-member (if check, payable to the competition or to the Federation); said deposit will be refunded in the event the protest is upheld, and received by the steward, technical delegate, a member of the Show Committee, the competition manager or the competition secretary within 48 hours of the alleged violation. If made directly to the Hearing Committee, the protest must be received at the Federation office by the tenth business day following the last recognized day of the competition, or by the tenth business day following the date on which the alleged violation occurred if it occurred other than at a Licensed Competition.