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USEF “Safe Sport” Requirements for Performance

March 8, 2019 | By Gail Aumiller

USEF “Safe Sport” Requirements for Performance

Gail Aumiller, Sport Committee Chair

            Those of you who attended the FHANA General Meeting at February’s AGM in Ontario, CA, heard me mention a new USEF requirement called “Safe Sport.” If you show or plan to show here in the United States, you need to understand this mandatory requirement.   

            Because US Equestrian is considered the National Governing Body (NGB) for Equestrian Sport here in the United States, last year when the U.S. Senate signed S 534, the Protecting Young Victim’s from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, US Equestrian had to implement a procedure for membership compliance, so USEF now requires all competing members 18 YO and older to complete SafeSport Training. Effective January 1, 2019 all USEF members 18 and older with a Competing Membership, including amateurs, professionals, juniors who are 18-years-old and older, and owners who have an annual, three-year, or lifetime membership must complete SafeSport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.

            SafeSport Training is crucial for United States FHANA members who plan to apply for any of our Performance Awards, because without it, you will not have any USEF competition results to use when reporting your event points. Additionally, the owner of a horse is also required to complete SafeSport Training, unless the owner listed is a farm. Parents signing an entry form do not have to be a USEF member, so SafeSport Training is not required for them. If an exhibitor, who is not a USEF member, pays the “Show Pass Fee” to compete at a USEF sanctioned show, he/she is not required to take the training, nor is a member of another country’s National Federation who sometimes compete in the United States without USEF membership.


When you now join USEF, you will have 30 days to complete the SafeSport Training, and you will receive all the information you need to easily do that. USEF’s required SafeSport Training is on the U.S. Center for Safe Sport website and is free for USEF members. The 3 module-training program takes about 90 minutes, which can be broken up into sessions with lengths to your choosing, but does require your USEF membership number. Here is the link to that: https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/rlMqQpbl260 There is a 30 minute refresher course that must be completed within one year of your initial SafeSport Training and then each subsequent year. A training module for youth under 18 is being developed.

            If this SafeSport Training is not done, you will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions, and will be placed on the SafeSport Ineligibility List. Once you have completed the required training, your name comes off that list, and your compliance will be reflected on your USEF membership card.

            The USDF has adopted the USEF SafeSport Policy, and at this time requires their USDF Certified Instructors and L Graduates to complete the SafeSport Training, along with other identified volunteers working with their youth. At this time, the American Driving Society (ADS) another USEF Affiliate, does not require their members to complete the SafeSport Training for ADS competitions, but it is coming, so my recommendation is to just do it!  The content is enlightening, able to be applied to many other aspects of our lives, and helps us protect our youth from sexual predators and harassment.