Maintaining a Safe Sport for All
PFHA believes the safety and welfare of our members is of the utmost importance, and we support the efforts of US Equestrian and the U.S. Center for SafeSport to provide our sport with a reliable reporting process, as well as information and support. We are committed to helping ensure our members are aware of these resources and reporting processes.
The USEF Safe Sport Policy and U.S. Center for SafeSport Code govern conduct at all USEF licensed, endorsed, and sponsored events. The USEF Safe Sport Policy can be found here. The SafeSport Code and the Center’s Practices and Procedures can be found here.
Through its partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, US Equestrian members and participants have a mandatory duty to report suspected sexual misconduct. Members may do so as follows:
- Make a report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment, or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. You can submit a report electronically to the Center or at (720) 524-5640.
- Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must be reported to local authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities.
- USEF handles all reports of suspected misconduct that is non-sexual in nature, including harassment, hazing, bullying, physical, or emotional misconduct. Reports can be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or electronically or telephonically to any of the individuals on the Athlete Protection Team. The list of contacts is available here: https://www.usef.org/compete/resources-forms/rules-regulations/safe-sport.
Resources and Information
There are several resources available to members:
- Safe Sport Training – FREE to everyone! Three modules that take just under ninety minutes to complete initially, with refresher training every two years;
- US Equestrian publishes a banned list that identifies the person by name and reason for their ban;
- The U.S. Center for SafeSport offers a 24-hour victim services helpline. This helpline provides confidential support services, in partnership with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, to the equestrian community and beyond. These confidential services can be reached at 1.866.200.0796. For more information regarding the helpline, please visit http://safesporthelpline.org.
For more information, visit US Equestrian’s Safe Sport Policy.