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USEF Provisionally Approves 17 Organizations For Community Outreach Program

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The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced Jan. 31 it has provisionally approved 17 community outreach organizations to be part of the USEF Community Outreach Program, pending fulfillment of required background checks and U.S. Center for SafeSport training.

The USEF Community Outreach Program, launched in 2021, is dedicated to supporting organizations across the country that provide equine-based learning opportunities and support the positive impact horses can have within their local communities. These organizations will be recognized as USEF Community Outreach Organizations and are united by their standards in equity, mission and horse and human welfare. Applications from organizations were evaluated against the standard eligibility requirements, and approved by the USEF Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Review Committee, which consists of executive staff, volunteers and athletes.

The provisionally approved USEF Community Outreach Organizations are listed below in alphabetical order:

• City to Saddle—Mesa Farm (Rutland, Massachusetts)
• Cranberry Sunset Farm (Marstons Mills, Massachusetts)
• Detroit Horse Power (Detroit)
• Ebony Horsewomen Inc. (Hartford, Connecticut)
• GallopNYC (New York City)
• Great Oak Equine Assisted Programs (Aiken, South Carolina)
• Heartland Therapeutic Riding Inc. (Overland Park, Kansas)
• Horse SenseAbility (Sherborn, Massachusetts)
• Horses N Heroes (Ocala, Florida)
• Horses on the Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio)
• HorseSensing (Shelbyville, Kentucky)
• Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Mustang Troop (Lexington, Kentucky)
• Manes for Movement (Torrance, California)
• Metropolitan Equestrian Team— Equine Opportunity Program (New York City)
• Promise Landing Farm (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
• Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship (Chatsworth, California)
• Taking the Reins (Los Angeles)

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Additional information about each organization will be available on USEF’s Community Outreach Organization Directory webpage upon completion of required background checks and U.S. Center for SafeSport trainings.

COOs receive several benefits, namely eligibility to apply for grants through the USEF Opportunity Fund. USEF is committed to supporting these organizations through grant opportunities because they encourage more people to get involved with horses and embody our vision of bringing the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible. Individuals can make a tax-deductible donation to the USEF Opportunity Fund online here.

Organizations interested in applying to be recognized as a USEF COO can do so online before Feb. 15.

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