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US Equestrian is committed to creating and maintaining an equestrian community free of all forms of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. US Equestrian members and participants have a mandatory duty to report suspected sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

The USEF Safe Sport Policy and U.S. Center for SafeSport Code are aimed at protecting all participants in our sport.

Report Sexual Misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport

Make a report electronically to the U.S. Center for SafeSport or call (720) 524-5640, 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.

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 non-sexual misconduct, including harassment, hazing, bullying, physical, or emotional misconduct. Report to safesport@usef.org, or e-mail/call a representative on the Athlete Protection Team:

Teresa Roper, Safe Sport Program Coordinator
(859) 225-6915
troper@usef.org

Sonja S. Keating, USEF General Counsel
(859) 225-2045
skeating@usef.org

Sarah Gilbert, Paralegal
(859) 225-2022
sgilbert@usef.org

Emily Pratt, Director of Regulation
(859) 225-6956
epratt@usef.org

Call the 24 Hour Helpline

Call (866) 200-0796 for 24/7 crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. For more information on this helpline please visit www.safesporthelpline.org.

Take SafeSport Training

Required SafeSport Training is available free to all members through your Member Dashboard. Instructions are available here.

As of Jan 1, 2019 every USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete USEF's Safe Sport Training.

A 30 day grace period to complete the SafeSport training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018. Members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019 to complete the training. Those who do not complete the training within the grace period will be ineligble to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

Parents Training Course for equestrian athletes of all ages helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience and is free.

The following categories of individuals are required to take the Safe Sport Training and complete a criminal background check:

  • USEF Board of Directors
  • USEF Staff
  • USEF Licensed Officials
  • US Team Coaches & Technical Advisors
  • US Team Chefs d’Equipe
  • US Team Veterinarians
  • US Team Selectors
  • Human Physio Therapists

SafeSport Training for non-USEF members is available for $20.

Safe Sport Directory

USEF’s Safe Sport Directory provides a searchable list of individuals who either voluntarily or by requirement have successfully completed the USEF Background Check Screening and/or completed all modules of the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s training course as required under the USEF Safe Sport Policy.

Banned List

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.

Additional Resources

Safe Sport Policy

This Safe Sport Policy contains information regarding misconduct in sport.

Safe Sport Incident Report Form

All violations of the Safe Sport Policy must be reported to US Equestrian. Please complete this Safe Sport Incident Report Form and submit it to one of the individuals on the Athlete Protection Team listed above.

Safe Sport Frequently Asked Questions

US Equestrian has prepared responses to frequently asked questions regarding interim measures issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The following information is an additional resource to help further educate US Equestrian members and the public around these important matters.

Safe Sport Training Instructions

Accessing the Required Safe Sport Core Training

Safe Sport Training FAQ

The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced a rule change on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, requiring that, effective January 1, 2019, all USEF members 18 and over with an Adult Competing Membership must complete Safe Sport training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. Since that announcement, we are pleased to report that over 3,500 USEF members completed the Safe Sport training. To provide further guidance, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new rule change.

Team Travel Policy for Minors

This Travel Policy for Minors has been created in an effort to establish clear boundaries, minimize one-on-one interactions, and protect the welfare of our minor athletes, parents, coaches, and staff during Team Travel.

Fact Sheet: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

A bill signed by President Trump on February 14, 2018 and effective immediately that amends two federal statutes: (1) the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and (2) the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act

Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

If you are the victim of sexual misconduct, this document contains resources that may guide you after an incident has occurred.

Parent Complete Toolkit

This Toolkit is complete guide for parents of athletes of all ages.

Parents of Preschool Age Children

This Toolkit is for parents of preschool aged athletes.

About U.S. Center for SafeSport

Education & Awareness: USEF has partnered with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, www.safesport.org, to deliver education and awareness, two of the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. The Center has a team of subject matter experts who develop best practices, policies, and programs consistent with guidance from leading organizations. View video providing more information on the U.S. Center for SafeSport here.

Response & Resolution: The U.S. Center for SafeSport is authorized under S. 534, the Protecting Young Victim's from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 to respond to ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Center has exclusive jurisdiction over reports of sexual misconduct involving persons under USEF's disciplinary jurisdiction regardless of where or when the misconduct occured. Failure to report suspected sexual abuse within 24 hours under this Act is a crime and may result in criminal penalties. More information about the Protecting Young Victim's from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 can be found here.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Code: All participants in USEF competitions and sponsored activities are bound by the U.S. Center for SafeSport's SafeSport Code. The SafeSport Code and the Center's Practices and Procedures can be found here.

U.S. Center for SafeSport PSA available here.