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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

February 19, 2013
Lexington, KY (February 18th, 2013)—The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Craig Ferrell M.D Equestrian Safety Awards. The award winners were an excellent representation of equestrians all over the world.
February 11, 2013
The MIM Safe New Era Clip and Pin have become the first cross-country jump safety fixings to pass the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)'s new approvals scheme for frangible devices in the discipline of eventing.The landmark certifications mean the MIM Clip (FEI101SWE) and Pin (FEI102SWE) are currently the only devices permitted for use on frangible cross-country obstacles at FEI competitions worldwide, under the new FEI eventing rule (546.2.4.) which came into force on January 1, 2013.
February 4, 2013
Eventing moved a step nearer to achieving an international vision for the sport when National Safety Officers (NSOs) from 22 nations were able to pool ideas and experiences at their sixth annual Risk Management Seminar, which was hosted by the Italian Equestrian Federation in Rome on 26 and 27 January.
February 1, 2013
The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 4th Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium on Saturday February 2nd, 2013, at the Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
January 11, 2013
Lexington, KY (January 7th, 2012)—The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 4th Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium on Saturday February 2nd, 2013 at the Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.


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