The U.S. Equestrian Federation and the U.S. Center For SafeSport have updated the SafeSport suspensions list as of June 30.
There is one addition: Andrew Temkin, who has been given an interim suspension after allegations of misconduct. An interim suspension is a temporary suspension generally granted while the Center conducts an investigation.
Temkin, San Rafael, California, is an amateur rider, and he also serves as an S-level eventing technical delegate and a Fédération Equestre Internationale two-star eventing TD. Temkin is also suspended from the FEI, as all individuals suspended from the USEF are reciprocally suspended from that organization.
Temkin also served on the USEF SafeSport Ad Hoc Task Force, a group created in January by USEF President Murray Kessler to draft a rule that, among other things, would expand SafeSport training requirements. That group completed its mission and presented its proposal at the USEF Midyear Board Meeting in June.
The Center, originally created by the U.S. Olympic Committee but now run as an independent agency, protects athletes from six kinds of misconduct defined in the SafeSport code (which you can download from the SafeSport website): hazing, bullying, harassment, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct and sexual misconduct, including child sexual abuse. The Center has authority over the USEF and the other 46 national governing bodies in the Olympic movement to independently investigate allegations of these types of misconduct.
The USEF website has a SafeSport section listing all individuals who have been sanctioned for violating the code. There are several types of suspensions: suspensions with a set end date; expulsion (which kicks members out but allows individuals to reapply for re-instatement after a set period of time) and permanent ineligibility. It also lists interim suspensions, in which certain individuals being investigated by SafeSport investigators may not compete until the end of the investigation.
You can see the full list on the USEF website. Click “Safe Sport” to get a list of all who have been sanctioned under that policy. The list includes each individual’s name, location, sport, violation and date sanctioned.
For more information about SafeSport, check out our story about the program.