The U.S. Equestrian Federation and U.S. Eventing Association will continue the Eventing Frangible Technology Grant Program for 2018. Organizers of USEF-licensed eventing competitions may apply for a grant to supplement the cost of frangible devices for their cross-country courses.
The USEF began supplying frangible pins at no cost to organizers of licensed eventing competitions in June 2008. Over the past 10 years, new frangible technologies have entered the marketplace supplementing the frangible pin, prompting the expansion of the program to different types of technology.
In 2017, a new rule (EV140.9b) was implemented requiring organizers to include frangible technology in the construction of oxers at the modified level and above. In an effort to minimize the financial impact of the new rule on organizers, the USEA awarded USEF a generous new grant to ensure all who applied received a $500 grant in 2017. A portion of the USEA Grant monies remains for 2018.
“The USEA board of governors has been supportive of the USEF Eventing Frangible Technology Grant Program since its establishment,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “The decision to show that support with a financial commitment was supported unanimously by the board in 2017. We would like to thank the competition organizers, product suppliers, course builders and designers who have stepped up to install this safety equipment on all compatible fences. Moreover, we are appreciative of the USEF for its continued commitment to this program.”
“The USEF is committed to supporting safety in eventing, in particular on cross-country, in every possible way,” said USEF National Safety Officer Jonathon Holling. “The Frangible Technology Grant is one way we have been able to improve safety of both horses and riders in our beloved sport. We are thrilled to be supporting this program with our partners at USEA again in 2018. We are all in this together.”
Organizers of USEF-recognized eventing competitions offering divisions at modified and above may request a frangible grant by completing an application online. To access the form:
- Log on to the competition’s “My USEF” account using the competition management ID.
- Click on the arrow to expand the competition information.
- Click on the “Frangible Technology Order/Grant Application” and complete the form.
- Once completed, go to the shopping cart and remit payment.
In 2018, the USEF will allocate grants up to $500 per event property on a first come, first serve basis until all USEA/USEF funding is depleted for the year.