Equestrian Releases Governance Document
Equestrian today released a comprehensive report on the sport's
governance in preparation for a meeting with the United States
Olympic Committee (USOC) Membership and Credentials Committee
in Miami, Florida, this Saturday. USA Equestrian is the National
Federation for the sport, as recognized by its International Federation,
the FEI, headquartered in Switzerland.
lengthy document was prepared in response to inquiries from the
USOC in a letter dated November 25, 2002, announcing the meeting
and inviting the Federation to respond.
addition, USA Equestrian released a letter dated December 9, 2002,
requesting details and making suggestions about the format of
the upcoming meeting, to which it has received no response as
Equestrian Executive Director Lori Rawls, who supervised preparation
of the report, commented, "We've been working every day on
our response since we received the USOC letter just before Thanksgiving.
Our staff, our lawyers, and our officers all contributed to it.
We looked at this as a very positive opportunity to gather together
so many different aspects of what we do, and how the sport's governance
works, all into one place. We think it is going to be very educational
for the USOC and everyone who is interested in how the sport should
be governed, and how we got to this point."
noted that the USOC letter of November 25, the Federation's responses,
and its exhibits, are all available at www.equestrian.org/EquestrianGovernance.
She stated that certain exhibits relating to employment contracts
have been redacted for reasons of privacy.
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.