The principle of the Sports Science & Medicine Programs is to optimize the performance of U.S. horse-and-athlete combinations in the eight FEI disciplines during international competition through the practice of sports science and medicine. Learning opportunities for the general US Equestrian membership are also positioned through these health-related programs.


Permitted Equine Therapists

As of July 1, 2018 all Equine Therapists wishing to practice restricted equine therapies at FEI Events will be required to be registered with the FEI as a Permitted Equine Therapist (PET). Applications are made to the FEI but require National Federation approval. The USEF has created an application process that runs parallel to the FEI's. It is essential that Applicants complete both stages of the process:

1. Stage 1 - Complete the FEI Application here.

2. Stage 2 - Complete the USEF National Federation Application (located at the bottom of this page) and send to Diana Tartal at [email protected]. It is essential that applicants fill the form out completely and if the applicant has supported a U.S. Team, the date and details should be included. Please ensure a delivery and read receipt is requested when submitting the application.

Non-U.S. citizens that are not domiciled in the U.S. should apply through their own National Federation.


Equine Sports Science & Medicine Programs:

In order to achieve each horse’s optimal performance, it is US Equestrian’s goal to network those individuals working with, and caring for, U.S. equine athletes. Linking trainers, grooms, veterinarians, dentists, nutritionists, farriers, physiotherapists, and other professionals who play a role in the health and performance of U.S. horses is beneficial to sustaining our equine athletes’ abilities at a high level of competition.


Human Sports Science & Medicine Programs:

With the goal of furthering U.S. athletes’ competitive performance, it is US Equestrian’s vision to connect all human healthcare professionals together in a way that benefits U.S. athletes and their ability to compete to the best of their physical ability. Linking physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, sports psychologists, physical trainers, and other practitioners who play a role in the health and performance of U.S. athletes is beneficial to encouraging their advancement in the sport.



US Equestrian’s Human Sport Science & Medicine Program Network

US Equestrian has developed a network of therapists, which will be a resource to both U.S. athletes and therapists. Practitioners who meet specific requirements and attend one of the certification courses will be added to US Equestrian’s Network list. This list will be distributed to athletes supported by US Equestrian’s High Performance Programs. 

There are no plans in the immediate future to hold additional certification courses to be a part of US Equestrian’s Network.  For additional information please contact Steven Morrissey.



Forms and Publications

US Equestrian's HSSM Network

This is a list of the individuals who have undergone Safe Sport training, Background Checks and completed a course with USEF's High Performance HSSM Advisor, Andrew Thomas. These credentials qualify the individuals to be listed on US Equestrian's Network.

FEI Permitted Equine Therapists' Codex


USEF Permitted Equine Therapist Application

USEF National Federation Application for Permitted Equine Therapists