USEF Sets All-Breeds Town Hall

By May 24, 2013
Chrystine Tauber headshot.

Chrystine J. Tauber, president of the USEF.

The United States Equestrian Federation will host an online Town Hall Meeting for all-disciplines on June 3, at 6:00 p.m. ET. It’s the first such meeting of its kind, and comes in response to member requests for increased opportunities to share their opinions.

The interactive web broadcast at the replaces the previously scheduled meetings in an attempt to provide greater access to more people across all breeds and sport sectors nationwide.

The USEF has maintained a robust schedule of informal live meetings across the nation, but the logistical challenges of holding physical meetings, no less expanding them across disciplines, speaks for itself. “This innovative use of technology presents a unique opportunity to share opinions and experiences from every corner of the Federation,” said USEF President Chrystine Tauber.

The event will originate at the An agenda of topics for the webcast (which can be viewed at is listed below, and the hosts and their expert guests will take questions and comments from a live audience as well as from online attendees throughout the webcast.

USEF Town Hall meeting with sheild and horse head.The Fifth Third Theater at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky has been selected as the host venue for this live webcast which is open to all USEF members. Participation from every breed and discipline is strongly encouraged.

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.

To attend this event either in-person or via the live streaming broadcast, please register here.


Welfare of the Horse in the 21st Century:  Meeting the Needs of the Performance Horse in Our Changing Environment

Since its inception in 1917, The USEF has been dedicated to pursuing excellence and promoting growth in equestrian sport, all while providing and maintaining a safe and level playing field for both equine and human athletes.

Modern equestrian competition occurs in a dynamic environment where advancements in nutritional science, equipment innovation, and sports medicine contribute to higher and more intense competition.

In recent years, horse sports have experienced increased public scrutiny to both therapeutic techniques and medication practiced in racing. More recently, this focus has raised a number of questions about treatment of horses in the show arena. The Federation’s Drugs & Medications Program is underpinned by a belief that restorative therapies are appropriate for horses in competition and this philosophy will continue to guide to the program.

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.

Talking points breakdown into three basic categories:

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.


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