Our photographer and board member Lori Ann Thwing took some amazing photos of our 2017 Show Season! Click on one of the links below to see the photos.
Today, the US Equestrian Federation released the following official horse welfare and safety penalty guidelines. This is in follow up to the announcement at the USEF Mid-Year Board Meeting last month. They can also be viewed online at US Equestrian
A common thread that binds all of the Federation’s breeds and disciplines is a dedication and commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of the horse. US Equestrian is committed to ensuring the welfare of our horses and providing a safe and fair competition environment to all of our members and their equine partners. To do this, US Equestrian has created rules to govern the actions of our members and protect both horses and humans, allowing them to experience the joy of horse sports.
In the event that a member violates any of the Rules covering welfare and safety of a horse, and this violation ends in a hearing before the Federation’s Hearing Committee, any subsequent penalty issued should be appropriately severe, as a case of a welfare or safety violation against a horse is one of the most egregious violations under the Federation’s Rules. Previously imposed penalties in cases of welfare and safety violations are no longer sufficient in today’s cases. It is important that the Federation’s penalties reflect the severity of the violation.
Penalty Guidelines for horse welfare and safety cases (“Guidelines”) have been prepared to assist the Hearing Committee with the types and ranges of penalties to impose in such cases. These Guidelines also assist the Hearing Committee Panels in the imposition of consistent and efficient penalties. A review and evaluation of penalties imposed in these types of cases was performed. While the suspensions and fines imposed may have been appropriate at the time that they were imposed, the suspensions and fines are too light to be useful as guidelines for matters brought to the Hearing Committee today.
Penalty Range is a Guideline Only
The penalty types and ranges below are simple guidelines and are not mandatory. These Guidelines are intended to provide a basis upon which discretion can be exercised consistently in like circumstances but are not binding on the Hearing Committee Panels. Depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, a Hearing Committee Panel may determine that no purpose is served by imposing a penalty within the range provided in these Guidelines. In some cases, a penalty below the stated range, or no penalty at all, may be warranted. Conversely, a Hearing Committee Panel may determine that the facts and circumstances of a specific case may call for the imposition of penalties above or otherwise outside of a stated range. Examples include, but not are limited to, prior rule violations, egregious misconduct, the need for increased deterrence, or certain policy considerations.
Hearing Panel Discretion
Federation Hearing Panels must always exercise judgment and discretion and consider appropriate aggravating and mitigating factors in determining appropriate penalties in every case. In addition, whether the penalties are within or outside of the range stated in the Guidelines, Hearing Panels must identify the basis for the penalties imposed.
Categories of Rule Violations
I. Excessive Use of Whip or Spurs and Improper Use of Bits
II. Illegal Equipment
III. Cruelty/Abuse/Neglect – Includes excessive riding, lunging, training and showing, deprivation of water and feed, striking with an object, unintentional death, and violations of the 12 hour injection rule involving forbidden substances for purpose of competition.
IV. Death and Maiming – Includes acts in which the death of a horse occurred, but was not intended
V. Intentional Death for Financial or Other Means
Congratulations to our ADA member horse & rider teams who SO FAR have qualified for the championship classes at the Fall Classic & Invitational Show at Thomet on September 9th. An email has been sent to those who have already qualified. However, there are many teams who can STILL qualify. If you compete at Rivendell 8/26-8/27 those scores may still count towards qualifying for the championship classes at Thomet. If that is the case, you will be notified ASAP. As a reminder, entries for the Fall Classic & Invitational at Thomet close on 8/25/2017. For more info, see the 2017 ADA omnibus (link on website) and the show details
Congratulations to our ADA members who have so far qualified for the Great Lakes Regional Schooling Show Championships at Rattlewood September 29 – October 1, 2017. Please see attached for those who qualified TO DATE (including scores up to the Benchmark show). There is still time for other members to earn qualifying scores with additional ADA shows up to the Fall Classic and Invitational at Thomet. Details of the Great Lakes Regional Schooling Show, requirements, and how to enter are on the ADA website but please note: the closing date is 9/11/2017 and it’s coming up soon. Get your entries in!
Please click on the link below for the list of ADA members who qualified for the Great Lakes Regional Schooling Show Championships at Rattlewood.
ADA members! Latest show results are posted through Thomet’s July show. You MUST check your info to ensure it is correct. We are soon coming to a cut off point for invitations for championship classes at Thomet in September and for the Great Lakes Regional Schooling Show Championship, also in September. Please contact Fran Cilella (firstname.lastname@example.org) if any info is missing or incorrect
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