Safe Sport Initiative

The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, promoting the safety and welfare of horses and athletes. USDF is committed to providing information, resources, and a protocol so that all members of the equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a support structure to ensure a safe and positive environment for equestrians to develop their skills.

The USEF and USDF depends on the eyes and ears of its athletes, coaches, and designees to support its Safe Sport policies. It is requested that all who participate in equestrian sport become familiar with the content of the USEF Safe Sport Policy, the U.S. Center for Safe Sport’s Safe Sport Code, complete the Safe Sport Training, and be mindful of its guidelines during training sessions and competitions.

Information on the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 can be found on the USEF Safe Sport website. The website also provides information for a 24 Hour Helpline, reporting protocols and many other important resources.

As part of the USDF Safe Sport Initiative, USDF Certified Instructors and L Graduates are required to complete the Safe Sport Training provided by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, along with other identified volunteers working with our youth. To see a complete list of those required to complete Safe Sport Training, please review USDF Policies and Procedures.

USDF supports the new USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAP). This new policy can be found here. USDF encourages all members to become familiar with this new policy.

To complete the Safe Sport Training, you must visit the USEF website, log in, and the link to the Safe Sport Training will be in your USEF Membership dashboard. In addition, the US Center for Safe Sport provides optional training that is designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments is sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report misconduct, should it occur. These training modules are free and can be found at the following links:

If you are required to complete the training and are not a member of USEF, contact USDF for further instructions.

Questions concerning the Safe Sport training and reporting can be directed to USEF.

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