Safe Sport


"Recognizing, Reducing, & Responding to Misconduct and Abuse in Sport"






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Safe Sport

"Recognizing, Reducing, & Responding to Misconduct and Abuse in Sport"

As an affiliate of USEF we align with their mission to create a safe environment for our youth and all members of our association. We want to maintain a community that protects our members in ensuring our members are educated and trained to combat abuse and provide a safe environment for all to enjoy this wonderful breed and its versatility.

David Mount,
Executive Director of American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association

US Equestrian is committed to creating and maintaining an equestrian community free of all forms of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. US Equestrian members and participants have a mandatory duty to report suspected sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

The USEF Safe Sport Policy and U.S. Center for SafeSport Code are aimed at protecting all participants in our sport.

USEF And The U.S. Center For SafeSport Answer Your SafeSport Questions

The Joint Leadership Council would like to share an article that may be helpful in understanding more about Safe Sport. We have provided the full article from The Chronicle of the Horse below. This committee is still working with USEF to get answers to additional questions. As we learn more, we will share the information with our members.

The full article is available here.

Open Letter to Membership from ASHA President (6/19/2019)

Top Five Things You Need to Know about SafeSport Training 

Top Five Things You Need to Know about SafeSport Training and USEF’s January 1, 2019 Deadline 

Top Five Things You Need to Know about the MAAP Policy 

Five Facts About the USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Safe Sport Training

Required Safe Sport Training

USEF’s sample consent language and forms for new MAAP policies

Youth Training Courses 

Email ASHA with Questions

The American Saddlebred Horse Association’s goal is to be accessible and responsive to our members. ASHA is committed to respond to any question or concerns our members have regarding questions on Safe Sport. Please email ASHA. We will be answering your questions on a weekly basis in a special release and also post the questions and answers on this page. Please come back and visit this page as new content and information are updated frequently.

Safe Sport FAQs

FAQs about Safe Sport

FAQs about Policy Updates and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Updates

Please visit US Equestrian for updates to frequently asked questions regarding interim measures issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

US Center for Safe Sport Response & Resolution Process

How a Safe Sport Report is Processed Infographic

Safe Sport Part 1- Reporting, Training, and Resources - Watch Now

Safe Sport Part 2- Investigation, Interim Measures, and Final Determinations - Watch now

USEF Affiliate Communication: USEF Safe Sport requirements - criminal background screenings

USEF does not and is not requiring all USEF members to undergo a criminal background check.

There are certain adults who have been approved by USEF to work directly with athletes and these individuals are required to consent to a criminal background screen as a condition of their contractual relationship with USEF. These categories of people are identified on our website and include:

  • USEF Staff Members
  • USEF Board of Directors
  • USEF Contracted Service Providers
    • Technical Advisors
    • Coaches
    • Clinicians
    • Veterinarians
    • Human and Equine SSM Personnel
    • Farriers
  • USEF Competition Managers
  • USEF Licensed Officials

The purpose of the criminal background check is to determine whether the individual is eligible to serve in particular roles. The policy, including the criteria used to determine whether someone is eligible to serve in a USEF role based on the results is contained in the Safe Sport Policy and can be found on USEF’s Safe Sport webpage on our website.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Sonja Keating