Following a rule change made in August, 2018, all United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) members and Federation Participants must follow U.S. SafeSport policies and codes of conduct. Additionally, competing members who are 18 years of age or older, must now complete SafeSport Training. The rule change was aimed at protecting all athletes from misconduct within Equestrian sport.
This rule change has three requirements:
- All USEF members and Federation Participants must follow USEF's SafeSport policies as well as the The U.S. Center for SafeSport Code of Conduct. A Federation Participant is defined by the USEF Safe Sport Policy as any USEF member or non-member, who participates in, or attends a USEF-licensed competition or sanctioned event.
- In order to remain in compliance with the S. 534, the Protecting Young Victim’s from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, the USEF SafeSport Policy and the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code of Conduct, all USEF members ages 18 years and older as well as Federation Participants, with the exception of the victim of suspected misconduct, are required to report suspected sexual misconduct to the appropriate authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport within 24 hours of the suspected misconduct. Failure to report suspected sexual abuse within 24 hours under this Act is a crime and may result in criminal penalties.
- Effective January 1, 2019, all members who are 18-years-old and older (based on birthdate and not the December 1st competition year start date,) with a Competing Membership, must complete SafeSport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions. Once you join or renew your USEF membership, there is a 30-day grace period to complete the training. After the 30-day grace period, you are ineligible to participate and earn points at USEF activities and competitions.
- A Competing Membership is defined as a USEF membership held by “Individuals who as eligible to participate in USEF Licensed Competitions as an owner, rider, driver, handler, vaulter, longeur, lessee, agent, coach, trainer, competition manager, or competition secretary or serving as a USEF committee member.” Therefore, any amateur, professional, junior who is 18-years-old and older, and horse owner who has an annual, three-year, or lifetime membership is required to take SafeSport Training.
- Others required to take the SafeSport training include USEF licensed officials, Chefs d’Equipe, Staff, Board Members, Competition Management, Coaches, Human Physios, Farriers, Trainers, Veterinarians, and Selectors hired or contracted by USEF.
- The SafeSport training requirement does not apply to USEF Fan Members or USEF Competing Members under the age of 18.
- The SafeSport Training addresses the requirements of the rule change outlined above, and is free of charge for USEF members. You can access the training through your USEF Member Dashboard online.
- The training consists of three modules and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. More information on how to complete SafeSport Training through your USEF Member Dashboard is located 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Sonja Keating at email@example.com, or the U.S. Center for SafeSport at firstname.lastname@example.org, before accessing the Safe Sport Training course.
- The required SafeSport Training only needs to be completed once. A SafeSport Refresher Training, which takes approximately 30 minutes, must be completed annually thereafter in order to maintain eligibility and good standing. Additional Information and Resources: FAQs on SafeSport Training FAQs on SafeSport A Free SafeSport Training Course for Parents of Equestrian Athletes How to Report Sexual and Non-Sexual Misconduct US SafeSport Incident Reporting Form Additional Reporting Information SafeSport Sanction List Information Sources: USEF and U.S. Center for SafeSport
Additional Information and Resources:
Information Sources: USEF and U.S. Center for SafeSport