A New York Times exposé about a pony’s death at last year’s Devon Horse Show left the United States Equestrian Federation seeking more answers than it could provide. Although members are told the group ensures horse welfare, the case proved the organization is unable to do so effectively.
Now, USEF says its ready to review the underlying issues and wants to hear from you regarding industry change. The best part is, you don’t have to leave your computer. An interactive broadcast is being held on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 PM EST. So, what do you have to do? Preregister for the event today.
Monday’s meeting replaces the previously scheduled town halls in an attempt to provide greater access to more people across all breeds and disciplines nationwide. Those in Kentucky can attend live at the Fifth Third Theater at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
“This innovative use of technology presents a unique opportunity to share opinions and experiences from every corner of the Federation,” says USEF President Chrystine Tauber.
The panel of experts assembled includes: USEF President, Chrystine Tauber; USEF Vice President of National Affiliates, Bill Moroney; Chair of the USEF Drugs & Medication Committee, Kent Allen; U.S. Eventing Team Coach, David O’Connor; USEF Chief Executive Officer, John Long; USEF General Counsel, Sonja Keating; and Chief Administrator of the USEF D&M Program, Stephen Schumacher.
The agenda will look at the following topics of interest:
A review of the issues contributing to the changing landscape of the equestrian competitive environment points to specific areas where the USEF has an opportunity to evaluate and improve the conditions of USEF Licensed Competitions.
I. Creation of an Over-Arching – Catastrophic Incident Protocol
A Catastrophic Incident Protocol that will eventually encompass a range of, subjects from bio-security preparation to horse collapse, will be discussed. A “collapse rule” has already been introduced to the USEF Executive Committee and will likely be acted upon early this summer. The balance of this protocol will be developed with input from the USEF constituency over the balance of the year.
II. Introduction of a New Category of Rules – Prohibited Practices
A new section of the rule book will be introduced dealing with “Prohibited Practices.” As part of this discussion, another rule will be explained which would prohibit injections to horses twelve hours prior to the time a horse is scheduled to compete. This rule has also been circulated to the USEF Executive Committee and will likely be acted upon this summer. Like the Catastrophic Incident Protocol, the balance of the prohibited practices would be discussed, then implemented over the next year or two.
III. Responsibility for Performance Horses in the Sport. The Role of the Owner – Trainer – Rider – Treating Veterinarian
Panelists will speak to the regulatory and educational initiatives underway to further advance the Federation’s mission to promote safety and welfare of both equine and human athletes in equestrian sport.
All attendees are required to register HERE.