UPHA News You Can Use…Safe Sport - Don’t Get Sidelined in 2019!
Information from the UPHA Governance Committee
- A new United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rule, GR1303 Safe Sport Requirements, was
approved by the USEF Board of Directors on August 27, 2018.
- ALL USEF Competing adult Members (amateurs, professionals, owners) MUST take Safe Sport
Training in order to be eligible to compete in 2019. This includes Annual, Three Year and
- Safe Sport Training MUST be complete by January 1, 2019 or within thirty days of renewing
your membership or you will be ineligible to compete at a USEF Competition.
- USEF is the National Governing Body (NGB) designated by the United States Olympic
Committee (USOC) for Equestrian Sport and, therefore, under Senate bill S.534 “Protecting
Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017”, the USEF must
offer and provide Safe Sport Training.
- Senate bill S. 534 designated the US Center for Safe Sport as the independent national Safe
Sport Organization for US Olympic and Paralympic Organizations. “The Center” receives
reports, conducts investigations, determines sanctions and informs NGBs (USEF) of sanctions for
Safe Sport Violations.
- Federal law requires the USEF, as the Olympic Equestrian Sport NGB, to enforce sanctions
imposed by the US Center for Safe Sport. All organizations affiliated with USEF, whether they
participate in Olympic disciplines or not (e.g. ASHA, AHHS, AMHA, ARHPA), are also required to
uphold the sanctions imposed by the US Center for Safe Sport.
- The US Center for Safe Sport exclusively handles all reports of sexual misconduct.
- The USEF handles all reports of non-sexual misconduct including harassment, hazing, bullying
and physical or emotional misconduct.
Additional information on Safe Sport can be found at USEF.org under the Safe Sport heading