The Safe Sport Policy located at the bottom of this page is intended to ensure that all equestrians participating in USEF competitions and sponsored activities are able to train and compete in a respectful environment free of all forms of harassment and abuse. Harassment and abuse have no place in sport. USEF aims to provide a simple reporting process, which is described in detail below along with an Incident Report Form located at the bottom of this page.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find resources.

24-Hour Victim Services Helpline

For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport crisis line for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. These confidential services can be reached at 1.866.200.0796. For more information regarding the helpline, please visit www.safesporthelpline.org.

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.

Response & Resolution: The U.S. Center for SafeSport is authorized under 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 occurred. Failure to report suspected sexual abuse under this Act of 2017 is a crime and may result in criminal penalties. More information can be found on the Center's website, www.safesport.org. More information about the Protecting Young Victim's from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 can be found at the bottom of this page.

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 at the bottom of this page. 

Safe Sport Training

A critical component of an effective Safe Sport program is education. The 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 here and accessed using the access code 7MNA-86XI-FX4E-9GAN

Reporting Sexual Misconduct 

The U.S. Center for SafeSport handles ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Make a report to the Center 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 may submit a report or concern electronically to the Center or telephonically at 720-524-5640.

Contact 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 also be reported to local authorities. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities. Contact information is available here.

Reporting other Misconduct of Non-Sexual Nature 

USEF handles all reports of suspected misconduct that is non-sexual in nature. This includes harassment, hazing, bullying, physical or emotional misconduct, which are all defined in the Safe Sport Policy located at the bottom of this page. The decision to report an incident or suspicion can be a difficult one. We understand that and have provided different options for reporting. Anonymous reports are accepted but can be difficult to investigate and may lead to no action. Reports can be made electronically to [email protected], or electronically or telephonically to any of the following individuals on the Athlete Protection Team:

Sonja S. Keating, USEF General Counsel
[email protected]
859-225-2045

Sarah Gilbert, Paralegal
[email protected]
859-225-2022

Emily Pratt, Director of Regulation
[email protected]
859-225-6956

A Safe Sport Incident Report Form is located at the bottom of this page. 

Required Awareness Training & Criminal Background Check

In accordance with the Safe Sport Policy, the following categories of individuals are required to sucessfully 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

Banned List

A list of individuals who have received a lifetime ban, permanently resigned their membership, or been declared permanently ineligible for membership in USEF 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.

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.

Resources for Parents

This document contains a list of useful resources available for parents.

Safe Sport Request for Exemption Form

The Safe Sport Exemption Request Form may be submitted by any individual who has received a disqualifying factor under the Safe Sport Policy. Any disqualified individual has the right to seek an exemption from the US Equestrian Exemption Panel.

US Equestrian Press Release Regarding U.S. Center for SafeSport

US Equestrian is pleased to announce the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the first national nonprofit solely dedicated to preserving the safety and well-being of athletes.

USOC Press Release Regarding U.S. Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center), a national nonprofit focused on preventing all forms of abuse in sport, announced that it opened its doors in Denver, Colorado.