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USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Leadership Reviews National Governing Body Issue

The Executive Committee of USA Equestrian, the National Equestrian Federation of the United States, held a regularly scheduled meeting today by telephone conference. The lengthy agenda included a discussion of the National Governing Body matter, and the recommendations to be submitted by a hearing panel to the United States Olympic Committee.

Executive Committee members took note of statements issued by the United States Equestrian Team, as well as the fact that the hearing panel report has not as yet been submitted to the USOC Board of Directors for consideration.

The recommendations of the hearing panel include:

* that USA Equestrian and USET either merge or re-form to bring all interests under the governance of one organization with each existing organization an "equal partner in the new venture," to have "equal voice," and "equal representation,"
* that the new organization provide the international disciplines "with equivalent or greater resources and support," presumably financial support, than they have previously received from the USET,
* that the new organization "establish a Board/Executive Committee voting structure that sufficiently protects the International Operating Division" but only provides for "input and representation by the National Operating Division," and
* that "the current officers of each [existing] organization step aside," and that 3 specific officers "not be permitted to take part in the governance of the sport" for at least 6 years. USA Equestrian's leadership includes 6 officers; USET leadership includes 14 officers.

Following discussion, the Executive Committee directed the Federation's officers and legal counsel to study the matter carefully and confer with representatives of the Federation's major international and national affiliates, and report their findings to the Board of Directors at the meeting to be held Tuesday, July 9, in Lexington, KY. The meeting is open to the public and audio will be available by Internet webcast via the USA Equestrian website, at


USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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