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.

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 about this helpline, please visit www.safesporthelpline.org.

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:

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

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

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

Training

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

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.

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.

Parents of Middle School Age Children

This Toolkit is for parents of middle school youth athletes.

Parents of School Age Children

This Toolkit is for parents of school aged athletes.

Parents of High School Aged Adolescents

This Toolkit is for parents of high school 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 SafeSportCode. The SafeSport Code and the Center's Practices and Procedures can be found here.