United States Equestrian Federation (-- USEF) serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport and is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. According to the -- USEF website, since its inception in 1917, US Equestrian has been dedicated to pursuing excellence and promoting growth, all while providing and maintaining a safe and level playing field for both its equine and human athletes. The -- USEF Safe Sports initiative has been developed to recognizing, reducing, & responding to misconduct and abuse in horse sports. As of Jan 1, 2019 every -- USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete -- USEF's Safe Sport Training. A criminal background screenings and Safe Sport Training are required in order to help:
- Ensure a safe, secure, and fun environment for participants to compete and continue to develop and enhance their skills.
- Provide parents and legal guardians with a sense of security for their children.
- Prevent individuals with ill intentions from becoming involved with its programming.
Search for riding instructors within the -- USEF Safe Sports Directory. The results show instructors that have successfully completed a criminal background screening and/or the Safe Sport training for equestrian sports.