The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced Thursday that the next Town Hall Meeting will be a live and interactive broadcast to connect the greatest number of people. The meeting on Monday, June 3 at 6PM EST, will replace the previously announced meeting dates.
“This innovative use of technology presents a unique opportunity to share opinions and experiences from every corner of the Federation,” remarks USEF President Chrystine Tauber.
A panel of USEF representatives, industry owners, trainers, and veterinarians will gather in Kentucky, to take questions and suggestions throughout the webcast from a live audience as well as from equestrians tuned into the webcast. Members anywhere in the country will be able to view the webcast at USEFNetwork.com LIVE on Monday, June 3 at 6 PM EST.
“Inappropriate medication of horses in competition is a clear and present threat to the industry. It is going to take involvement from the entire equestrian community to get this just right,” says John Long, USEF Chief Executive Officer who continued, “this national broadcast will allow us to engage a greater number of concerned members with a consistent message.”
If you can’t participate live, the broadcast will be made available free of charge to view on demand on USEFNetwork.com
as early as June 4.
The USEF Town Hall discussion topics will include:
• USEF leadership speaking to the industry-wide focus on welfare of the horse today
• Overview of USEF and FEI medication rules
• An overview of proposed Catastrophic Incident Protocol for USEF Competitions – which will include plans for death, collapse, and disease report mechanisms and processes.
• The introduction of proposed additions to horse welfare rules described as Prohibited Practices – which include competition day injection rules, veterinarian membership requirements, review of training and preparation practices, and more.
• Owner-trainer-veterinarian relationship and responsibilities – discussion regarding means to greater accountability for horse’s welfare and well-being.
• Regulatory Reform resulting in increased testing and more stringent penalties for rule infractions.
• Next Steps – Call for industry reform