Breaking News
Latest COVID-19 Outbreak Information and Resources
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.

The all new Equestrian Weekly newsletter showcases the best of US Equestrian, including new Learning Center videos, the USEF Network schedule, and original articles. Equestrian Weekly keeps members informed about affiliate news, international competitions, information on rule changes, membership updates, special member offers, and more.

Subscribe to Equestrian Weekly and receive a FREE US Equestrian Fan Membership!

Treating Cellulitis

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 22, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

Cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the soft connective tissues under the skin, causes sudden, extreme swelling in the affected area—often in a leg. Given the condition’s seemingly fast onset and dramatic appearance, horses and ponies with cellulitis—especially if they are lame or unwilling to move—can sometimes look like they have a severe injury, such as a bowed tendon or a fracture. So, before taking any action, call your veterinarian for a diagnosis, advises Dr....

For the Rider: Exercises for Back Health

by Dr. James Warson | Jun 16, 2020, 3:11 PM EST

Neurosurgeon and horseman Dr. James Warson, whose classic book “The Rider’s Pain-Free Back” has recently been revised and updated in a new printing by Trafalgar Press, is keenly aware of the equestrian’s need for a strong, supple, healthy back to do everything from tacking up and mucking out to competing successfully on horseback. Warson’s book describes the physics of movement and discusses how combining the human and equine backs during riding can create...

Letter from US Equestrian CEO Regarding Racism

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 9, 2020, 4:30 PM EST

Dear Equestrian Community, The protests and political unrest ignited by the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis have dominated the news throughout the world and motivated hundreds of thousands – including many of our employees – to protest peacefully against racial injustice. This has been a difficult and emotional time, and we wanted to share with you the steps US Equestrian is taking to listen, learn, and do more. Last Tuesday, US Equestrian participated in...

Get Show-Ready with These Five Steps

by US Equestrian Communications | Jun 2, 2020, 9:00 AM EST

The best time to avoid last-minute headaches with your horse show entry is before you ever fill it out. With Photo: Sarah Bennett for Howard Schatzberg US Equestrian’s website, usef.org, it’s fast and easy to take care of pre-show business like renewing your US Equestrian membership and recording your horse for points, so you can focus on competing. Check these things off your list now and enjoy your show season! 1. Join or Renew Your US Equestrian Membership (and Take Required...

Return to Fitness

by Kathleen Landwehr | May 26, 2020, 4:04 PM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected barn activities across the country. For equestrians who have been unable to ride or drive due to stay-at-home orders or to protect the health of barn workers, getting back to horse sports under eased restrictions is a welcome change. However, if your horse has been enjoying a vacation for an extended period of time, he may need some help getting back into shape before he is ready for full work. Dr. Laura Werner of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute...

Equestrians Helping Equestrians: Relief Efforts in the Wake of COVID-19

by Leslie Potter/US Equestrian Communications Department | May 26, 2020, 11:20 AM EST

Once a week, the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) shares a school-horse appreciation post on social media for what they’ve dubbed “Feed Your Favorite Lesson Horse Friday.” There’s also “Tip Your Groom Tuesday” and “Support a Horse Show Super Hero Sunday,” which are all designed to encourage equestrians to give money to support lesson programs and horse show support staff. While spring would typically be a busy time of year for the...

MemberPerk Spotlight: Q & A with Equo’s Steven Bluman

by Equo | May 19, 2020, 4:10 PM EST

This has been a landmark year for a lot of things in our sport, and one of the most positive changes is the tech boom in the industry. Many companies are coming up with innovative ideas to help equestrians live their best lives and meet the future with every advantage possible. The Equo app , a USEF MemberPerk , is one such innovation: an equine transportation app that makes it easier to get your horse to his destination. US Equestrian members get a 15% discount on their first Equo app use and...

Equestrian Air Vests: What You Need To Know

by Leslie Potter | May 8, 2020, 4:20 PM EST

While most equestrians are well aware of the potential for head injuries that comes with riding, riders run the risk of other types of injuries when involved in a fall. Eventers have been wearing body protectors on the cross-country course for decades to mitigate some of that risk, and in recent years, self-inflating air vests have become a common item of supplemental safety gear. Photo: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian Riders in other disciplines have taken note, and air vests are starting to show...

Q & A: Equine Asthma with Dr. Laurent Couëtil

by Glenye Cain Oakford | May 4, 2020, 10:24 AM EST

"What is clear is that with improved environmental management you can really benefit horses with asthma a great deal," says Dr. Laurent Couëtil. Photo: Olena Lyzun/Shutterstock Dr. Laurent Couëtil is a veterinarian and professor of large animal medicine at Purdue University, where he also is the director of the Equine Sports Medicine Center and of Equine Research Programs in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. Couëtil specializes in the early detection and treatment of...

Three Ways to Maximize Virtual Learning Using Show Ring Skills

by From Upper Echelon Academy | Apr 28, 2020, 3:25 PM EST

If you are doing distance learning for the first time, you’re probably wondering how to maximize your new virtual education. Upper Echelon Academy (UEA) offers advice based on years of experience teaching online, year-round students. Here are three UEA strategies that will help you succeed with virtual learning: 1. Make your schedule as routine as your horse’s warm-up. (Your horse thrives in a routine and so will you.) UEA student Maggie Hill says, “The best part of online...