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USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Board Meets, Considers Governance Issues

The Board of Directors of USA Equestrian, Inc., national equestrian federation of the United States, held its regularly scheduled mid-year meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on July 9. The turnout for the 5-hour session was among the largest in history for the summer meeting, with 43 directors in attendance, an overflow audience of general members, and hundreds more listening by Internet web cast.

Among the most noteworthy items considered was the status of the sport's governance, in the wake of a recommendation of a United States Olympic Committee hearing panel to the USOC board. Nearly 3 hours was devoted to discussion of the matter. On a vote of 39 in favor, 2 opposed, and 2 abstaining, the board directed that negotiations be continued with United States Equestrian Team to resolve the outstanding governance issues. Neither of the current presidents of either organization will participate in these negotiations, provided the USET is willing to participate. If the matter is not resolved prior to any deadline for filing a demand for arbitration, USA Equestrian, as the incumbent National Governing Body, is authorized to make such a demand in accordance with federal law.

In other business, directors received a financial report, indicating a mid-year performance on target for meeting the goal of finishing the year with a surplus, absent any extraordinary expenses that may be incurred in resolving the governance issues. Proposed changes to the Federation's constitution and pending extraordinary rule changes were deferred to future meetings.

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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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