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June 23, 2014

USEA Appoints New Cross-Country Safety Task Force

A new USEA task force will evaluate safety in course design and building. Photo by Lisa Slade.

U.S. Eventing Association President Diane Pitts announced the formation of a new task force related to the safety of the horse and rider while on cross-country.  Its mission is to “explore cross-country obstacle construction and design safety.” 

In her announcement of the appointments to the task force, Ms. Pitts stated, “I believe all of us share in the belief that one of the USEA’s primary concerns should always be the improvement of safety in our sport.”  

Members of the task force will include:

  • Sarah Broussard—co-chair of the task force and USEA vice president of safety
  • Jonathan Holling—co-chair of the task force and USEA vice president of active athletes
  • Doug Payne
  • Lesley Grant Law
  • Jay Hambly
  • Malcolm Hook
  • Kathleen Becker, DVM, MEng
  • Tremaine Cooper

The task force will work directly with USEA CEO Jo Whitehouse and will be advised by U.S. Team Chef d’Equipe David O'Connor.

“While much has been done to better protect our horses and riders, the USEA is unwilling to be complacent,” said USEA CEO Jo Whitehouse. “We must do all that we can to make this sport as safe as possible, and this task force is yet another step toward that continued goal.”

Members of the USEA are encouraged to contact the task force chairs with constructive suggestions at info@useventing.com with the email subject of “Course Design.”

 

 
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