USEF Member Grievance Procedures
The United States Olympic Committee dismissed a complaint brought by two hunter/jumper professionals against the United States Equestrian Federation due to a procedural issue.
Counsel for Larry Glefke and Kelley Farmer of Kentucky filed a USOC Article 10 Complaint against USEF in May. It alleged a series of due process violations related to the pair’s GABA charge.
USOC granted USEF’s Motion to Dismiss because the Complainants “failed to exhaust their administrative remedies with USEF…” They also did not prove that “exhaustion of these remedies would cause an unnecessary delay”.
USEF states in its Motion to Dismiss that it provides members a grievance process regarding USEF non-compliance. The Federations adds that Glefke and Farmer failed to take the necessary steps pursuant to USEF Bylaw 704, Section 1. It states:
The Federation shall hear any complaint by… an individual, [or] member… which alleges that… the Federation has failed to comply with its membership requirements in the USOC.
Glefke and Farmer must file an administrative complaint with USEF before seeking help through a USOC Section 10 Complaint. USOC states the requirement grants the National Governing Body proper notice of the relevant allegations in an appropriate forum. It also affords the NGB the opportunity to properly review its actions and resolve or correct those actions as needed.
USEF pledges that if the pair files a complaint those on the panel will be fair and not involved with the GABA hearing. USOC states it holds USEF to its assurance.
A Hearing Panel found Glefke and Farmer violated Federation drug rules. They began their suspensions July 1. Glefke is out of the horse show ring for 24-months and Farmer for 18-months.
We requested additional information from USEF regarding the grievance hearing process for members.