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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 includes the new USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies effective June 1, 2019. These USEF policies and U.S. Center for SafeSport Code are aimed at protecting all participants in our sport.

McLain Ward discusses the importance of SafeSport Training

Anne Kursinski Safe Sport PSA

Note: the Safe Sport educational videos featuring Sonja Keating are currently being updated to reflect the May 2019 updates to the USEF Safe Sport policy.

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

Make a report electronically to the U.S. Center for SafeSport or call (720) 531-0340, 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 [email protected], or e-mail/call a representative on the Athlete Protection Team:

Teresa Roper, Safe Sport Program Coordinator
(859) 225-6915
[email protected]

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

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

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

USOC Athlete Wellness Resources

The U.S. Olympic Committee athlete wellness resources are a group of mental health resources for the high performance athlete which include a national medical network, access to sport psychologists, the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the Elite Athlete Health Insurance Program, and confidential counseling year-round via ComPsych. Additional information including USOC contact information and program specifics can be found in the Forms and Publications area below.

Mental Health Aid

As part of our commitment to members and to their wellbeing, US Equestrian is partnering with the McLaughlin Young Group to offer free, confidential counseling services for mental health first aid.

US Equestrian members will now be able to access professional counseling services for personal, work-related, and family concerns for up to three visits or sessions through a third-party licensed provider. All providers are state-licensed, with a graduate degree and five years of post-graduate clinical experience. These experienced professional clinicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Members can reach a counselor by calling 1-800-633-3353.

This membership service is provided by McLaughlin Young, a specialist in providing services to non-profit organizations.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention LifeLine provides a national network of 160 local crisis centers and provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Take SafeSport Training

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

If you are a victim or a survivor of abuse and believe this training could be an emotional trigger, please contact Teresa Roper at [email protected], Sonja Keating at [email protected], or the U.S. Center for SafeSport at [email protected], before accessing the Safe Sport Training course.

As of Jan 1, 2019 every USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport 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
  • USEF Testing Veterinarians
  • U.S. Team Coaches & Technical Advisors
  • U.S. Team Chefs d’Equipe
  • U.S. Team Veterinarians
  • U.S. Team Selectors
  • Human Physio Therapists
  • Competition Managers

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 - Includes Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention 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.

Sample Consent Language for MAAP Policies

Disclaimer: The sample informed consent language available here is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of waiving liability or providing legal advice. This is sample informed consent language provided by USEF to assist trainers and coaches in meeting their obligations under USEF’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

FAQ: USEF Safe Sport Policy Updates and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Frequently asked questions regarding the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Infographic: U.S. Center for SafeSport Response & Resolution Process

More information on how the U.S. Center for SafeSport handles cases of sexual misconduct.

What You Need to Know: Five Fast Facts About the USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention (MAAP) Policies

On June 1, 2019, US Equestrian’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention (MAAP) Policies went into effect. These policies apply to USEF members who are 18 years old and older (regardless of their USEF age), referred to as “Adults” below. As members work to change their behaviors to further support and protect minor athletes (anyone under 18 years of age regardless of USEF age), in our sport, the following are five fast facts you need to know about the mandatory requirements outlined in the new USEF MAAP Policies.

USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention (MAAP) Policies: Mandatory Requirements and Recommended Best Practices Side by Side

On June 1, 2019, US Equestrian’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention (MAAP) Policies went into effect. The policies provide both mandatory requirements and recommended best practices tailored to protecting minors, anyone under 18 years of age (regardless of USEF age), in equestrian sport from abuse. This page provides a side-by-side view of the mandatory requirements and recommended best practices as written in the USEF MAAP Policies.

Safe Sport Training Instructions

Accessing the Required Safe Sport Core Training

FAQ: Safe Sport Training

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.

FAQ: Safe Sport

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.

About U.S. Center for SafeSport

Education & Awareness: USEF has partnered with the U.S. Center for SafeSport,, 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.