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Providing for the safety of both horse and rider in the sport of Eventing is one of the primary goals of the USEA, and education is a vital tool to achieve that goal. The purpose of this site is to keep our members apprised of the very latest developments in safety.

For years, the USEA has taken the lead when it comes to providing education about all the aspects of riding and competing safely in Eventing. Since 1999, the USEA Instructor’s Certification Program has certified a total of 251 instructors across the United States and five in Mexico, all of whom have been trained to teach safe riding techniques. Our rigorous education programs for officials are ensuring that organizers have a list of the very best judges, technical delegates, and course designers from which to choose to officiate at their events. The USEA, in collaboration with the USEF Eventing Technical Committee, has proposed many of the safety rules now in place at competitions such as:

·         The wearing of the highest standards in helmets and safety vests

·         A dedicated position of Safety Coordinator with no other duties other than monitoring the safety of competitors

·         Specific qualifications for progressing up the levels of competition

·         Loss of establishment of those qualifications necessitating dropping down a level in order to re-qualify

·         Dangerous riding penalties

In addition, the USEA has and continues to financially support such safety and horse welfare studies as:

·         The Equine Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Study

·         The development and testing of new frangible technologies

·         The GPS Speed and Motion Study

We hope the resources you find on this page will be of help in determining the best possible equipment to ensure you and your horse competes safely in the sport of Eventing.

Dr. David Halstead conducted an educational presentation about helmets and head injuries during "The Latest in Eventing Safety" session at the 2011 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Latest News

October 1, 2013
Natural disasters can strike anywhere at any time, and pet owners have the added responsibility of including their animals in their emergency plans. When your pet is a horse, planning requires even more consideration, so The Homes for Horses Coalition is offering horse owners tips for protecting their equine companions in the event of a disaster.
June 12, 2013
In light of recent infectious disease outbreaks, USEA is asking riders and organizers to take a pro-active approach to prevent the introduction of disease by implementing various biosecurity measures. We are hopeful that everyone in the impacted areas will kindly participate. The best protection starts with you, the following are some recommended biosecurity measures to help keep all horses safe.
May 31, 2013
Riders4Helmets.com has teamed up with leading helmet manufacturers to host International Helmet Awareness Day 2013 on Saturday June 22nd. Building on the success of International Helmet Awareness Day 2012, participating retailers all over the world will be offering discounts on helmets to equestrians on this day. The riders4helmets campaign was founded in 2010 as a direct result of Olympian Courtney King-Dye's accident with the aim of educating equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitting, secured and certified helmet.
March 6, 2013
As a sportsman, we can test ourselves at home, but it is only when we test ourselves at local, national or even international shows or events that we can really know how good we are. It is the same with helmets; the best can be tested anywhere in the world and pass with flying colours.


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