US Equestrian is committed to creating and maintaining an equestrian community where all persons who participate in it can do so in an atmosphere free of all forms of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. Through its partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, US Equestrian members and participants have a mandatory duty to report suspected sexual misconduct. The USEF Safe Sport Policy, found below, and the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code, found here, are aimed at protecting all participants in our sport.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
Make a report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment, or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. You can submit a report electronically to the Center or at (720) 524-5640.
Reporting Misconduct to Local Authorities
Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must be reported to local authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities.
Reporting Other Misconduct
USEF handles all reports of suspected misconduct that is non-sexual in nature, including harassment, hazing, bullying, physical, or emotional misconduct. Reports can be made electronically to [email protected], or electronically or telephonically to any of the individuals on the Athlete Protection Team:
The U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and the USEF Safe Sport Policy requires certain categories of individuals to successfully complete awareness training every two years. USEF encourages all members to complete the training. The training can be found on your member dashboard.
A training module has been designed for the parents of equestrian athletes of all ages. This free course helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.
In accordance with the SafeSport Policy, the following category of individuals are required to successfully complete awareness training and a criminal background check every two years:
- USEF Board of Directors
- USEF Staff
- USEF Licensed Officials
- US Team Coaches & Technical Advisors
- US Team Chef d’Equipes
- US Team Veterinarians
- US Team Selectors
- Human Physio Therapists
A list of individuals that have been permanently banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport or USEF for violations of the SafeSport Code of Federation Rules can be found here.