US Equestrian offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.
As a part of our efforts to protect the health of our employees, US Equestrian is working under a flexible work plan for our staff. As we transition to this modified format, there may be interruptions to service. We will do our best to have all services fully functioning as quickly as possible. Customer Care can be reached by emailing [email protected], online chat or leave a voicemail by calling (859) 258-2472. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
1. Will face masks or face coverings be required at competitions?
Yes, all competition staff, officials, volunteers, service providers and participants are required to wear a face mask or face covering in any setting where there is a possibility of being within six feet of any other individual, except when mounted on a horse or seated in a horse-drawn carriage or cart. Competition Organizers may impose more stringent requirements than USEF and if this occurs, you must comply with these requirements.
2. Does USEF have recommendations of facemasks or face coverings?
3. Is social distancing required in all areas of the competition grounds?
All individuals must practice social distancing (or physical distancing) at all times while on the competition grounds by staying at least six (6) feet (about two arms’ length) from any person who is not a member of their immediate household. Exception: social distancing is not required while competing (including warm-up) in driving classes where more than one participant is seated in the horse-drawn carriage or cart.
Members of an immediate household are still required to wear masks or face coverings when there is a possibility of being within six (6) feet of any other individuals, including members of their own household.
4. Can family members or my children join me at competitions?
USEF strongly discourages participants from bringing additional family members who are not essential to providing care to the participant or their horse. Each participant must acknowledge and exercise personal responsibility while attending a competition to minimize risk for themselves and those around them.
USEF does prohibit the public, spectators, and non-essential personnel such as guests from being on the competition grounds until further notice.
5. Where can we find the updated liability waiver we are required to complete prior to competing?
Competition organizers will include a copy of the updated liability waiver in their prize lists, but you can also find the updated liability waiver in the USEF Licensed Competition COVID-19 Toolkit or by clicking here.
6. Is the updated liability waiver part of the entry blank?
The updated liability waiver is a standalone agreement.
7. Who needs to sign the updated liability waiver?
All individuals on the entry form must sign the agreement, as well as competition staff, volunteers and licensed officials.
8. Can the updated liability waiver be signed and submitted electronically to minimize touching paper and pens?
Yes, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act was approved and recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in July 1999. To date, it has been adopted by 47 states as well as Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Illinois, New York, and Washington are the three states that have not adopted the UETA, though each has adopted its own law governing electronic signatures and records. Competition organizer must ensure compliance with the applicable law governing the enforceability of the electronic signature.
9. Will there be a Spanish version of the updated liability waiver available?
Yes, it is available on the website.
10. How will stabling be organized at competitions so that distancing can be practiced?
Stabling flow and assignment charts will be dependent on each individual organizer and venue. Organizers will need to configure stabling to comply with social distancing requirements.
Competition organizers are encouraged to plan and publish their stabling requirements prior to the start of competition for exhibitors and staff to review. Competition organizers will also limit the congregation of groups in the stabling area.
11. What symptoms or actions could result in access denial or removal of an individual from competition grounds?
Any person who has a temperature of 99.5° F (37.5° C) or higher, has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days cannot enter the competition grounds. Healthcare personnel who have treated patients using appropriate medical-grade PPE during the course of performing professional duties are exempted from this restriction.
12. How will classes conducted collectively, also known as under saddle or flat classes, be managed since multiple participants are in the ring at once?
Competition organizers will be responsible for managing the operation of flat classes, including scheduling, class size, and entry sequence into the arena to ensure social distancing practices are followed. This may require conducting flat classes in sections.
13. Would you potentially restrict members to showing in their own region vs traveling to others?
USEF is not making restrictions to entries based on geographic location. The decision will be made by the competition organizer, based on state and/or local restrictions and/or an organizer’s ability to accept out of state entries.
14. I don't completely understand how these USEF guidelines interact with, state regulation? Would those supersede and preclude shows?
Federal, state and local regulations will supersede USEF or organizer requirements except when USEF or organizer requirements are more restrictive. If a state or locality imposes limitations on the number of individuals allowed at a group gathering, that ordinance would guide a competition’s ability to operate and dictate the number of individuals allowed at a venue.
15. I understand that spectators are not allowed at competitions. Does this mean I cannot watch my friends compete?
The COVID-19 Action Plan mandates that Competition Organizers must prohibit the public, spectators, and non-essential personnel, such as guests, from being on the competition grounds until further notice.If permitted by the Competition Organizer, competition participants may watch the competition, provided they wear face masks or face coverings and practice social distancing while doing so. In accordance with the Action Plan, participants must avoid congregating in a single area and all are advised to minimize their time at the competition.
16. What happens if social distancing isn’t happening at a competition?
If social distancing and/or mandatory requirements are not followed at a competition, please contact the Competition Manager and/or Steward/Technical Delegate at the competition. The Steward or Technical Delegate must report instances of non-compliance to the Federation in their USEF Steward/TD Report. These matters should be handled immediately at the competition, if possible. If you are unable to resolve the issue with competition management and/or the Steward/TD, you can contact the USEF directly by submitting a Competitors Evaluation Form.
17. How will the USEF handle points and qualifying as shows begin to run?
The USEF has been reviewing qualification, selection and HOTY systems since early March. We have been making announcements as plans are finalized and will continue to do so.