FAQ: U.S. Center for SafeSport Training
This FAQ was originally published on August 31, 2018. It was modified on February 27, 2019.
Lexington, KY – The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced a rule change on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 requiring that effective January 1, 2019 all USEF members 18-years-old and older, with a Competing Membership, must complete SafeSport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. To provide further guidance, below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new rule change. Please note, there are three modules to the training and all three must be completed in order to satisfy the requirement. The SafeSport Refresher course does not have to be completed until 1 year from the day you complete the three modules in the SafeSport Training.
Additional information and resources on Safe Sport, how to report sexual and non-sexual misconduct, access to a free training module for parents of equestrian athletes, a General SafeSport FAQ, the SafeSport Sanction list and more can be found here.
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.
FAQ: Competition Managers, Secretaries and Officials SafeSport Training Tips and FAQ
US Equestrian is committed to creating and maintaining and educating and informing an equestrian community free of all forms of emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct. Protecting athletes and fostering an environment where existing participants and newcomers alike feel safe is of the utmost importance. The USEF Safe Sport Policy and U.S. Center for SafeSport Code were designed to, and aim at, protecting all participants in our sport. USEF stands behind these policies to protect the athletes of equestrian sport, not just because a law requires it, but because every member has a responsibility to protect those who have chosen horses as their passion.
USEF has created a variety of resources to assist and aid members with taking the training.
FAQ: USEF Safe Sport Policy Updates and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies
From beginner to Olympic athlete, we all share a love for horses that draws us to equestrian sport. At US Equestrian (USEF), we believe that creating a safe environment for us all to enjoy our love for horses is essential. Since 2013, USEF has had policies in place to protect minor athletes from abuse and bullying and all athletes from harassment.
In 2018, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that created new requirements for protecting minor athletes within amateur sports organizations. These requirements include a duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, to law enforcement or another organization designated by the Department of Justice and a duty for organizations to provide child abuse prevention training for adult members in regular contact with minor athletes. Effective January 1, 2019, all US Equestrian members 18 years old and older with a Competing Membership are required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s SafeSport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.
On April 29, 2019, the USEF Board of Directors approved updates to the USEF Safe Sport Policy and adopted new policies to provide further protections for our members, called the USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention (MAAP) policies. This document provides answers to questions related to the updates to the existing USEF Safe Sport Policy and the new MAAP policies that take effect June 1, 2019.
FAQ: Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Status for Pergolide Administration Announcement Effective December 1, 2018
Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Status for Pergolide Administration Announcement Effective December 1, 2018
Pergolide has been the mainstay treatment of Equine Cushing’s disease, also known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), for several decades. Due to the class of drug that pergolide represents, it is a prohibited substance under Federation Equestre International (FEI) and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rules. Currently, under USEF GR411 Conditions For Therapeutic Administrations of Prohibited Substances, pergolide can be administered, but requires a 24-hour withdrawal from treatment prior to competition and represents a hardship to competitor and horse. Effective December 1, 2018, horses that are granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for pergolide can remain on pergolide with no withdrawal of drug prior to competition and no need to file a Medication Report Form (MRF) each time they compete.
FAQ: American Performance Horse FAQs
The American Performance Horse program was created in December 2009 to promote American-bred horses. The goal for the APH is to spotlight performance horses bred in the United States.
****Please note that the Performance Horse Registry (PHR) will no longer accept new registration applications or Silver Stirrup enrollments as of December 1, 2016. Transfers and issuing of duplicate or lost papers will continue for previously registered horses. Fees may apply. Horses with a Silver Stirrup lifetime enrollment prior to December 1, 2016 will continue to be ranked and awarded.
FAQ: Horse Recording/ID FAQs
USEF offers 3 different options for recording horses: the free Horse ID, the Annual Recording, and the Lifetime Recording.
FAQ: Measurement FAQs
In certain breeds and disciplines, there are height restricted divisions that require a measurement card for all competing horses.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your measurement card, please contact Melissa Lawson at [email protected] or 859-225-2026.
FAQ: Membership/Customer Care FAQs
Below are some of the most common questions we receive about memberships in Customer Care!
FAQ: Unique Emails
Frequently asked questions regarding USEF.org's switch to a unique email login system.