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January 16, 2017

We All Need To Make Good Choices For Our Sport

I was recently told that I needed to be careful what I post since I am a public figure. I would like you to know that this post may make you angry, and we may disagree on this topic. I am 100 percent OK with that.

For those of you who disagree, either ignore me or help me understand why I am wrong. For those of you who agree with me, please help our sport by sharing this post. We can use the Fabergé Organics model: I’ll tell two friends, and you tell two friends and so on and so on.

January 11, 2017

Murray Kessler Wants YOU for U.S. Equestrian

Lexington, Ky.—Jan. 11  

U.S. Equestrian Federation President-Elect Murray Kessler is a man with a plan. He wants to grow USEF membership, and he’s prepared to use his 35 years of corporate experience and 40 years in the horse industry as an amateur competitor and father of an Olympic show jumper to make that happen.

January 9, 2017

USEF Annual Meeting: What's In It For Me?

The hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage associations have met, the holidays are over, the winter show circuits are beginning, and there's one last big piece of business to accomplish before 2017 can officially get under way in the horse world: The U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting. 

Traditionally this meeting is strictly business, with committees meeting in person, budgets being set, and rule change proposals either inciting riots or receiving the rubber stamp. Unless you were receiving an award, there wasn't much to interest the average equestrian competitor.

January 14, 2016

USEF Town Hall Tackles Doping And Due Process

Jan. 15—Lexington, Ky.

Flipping to the back of Equestrian magazine to see who’d been set down used to be a guilty pleasure most U.S. Equestrian Federation members indulged in first thing when their copy of the official publication hit their mailbox. Digital access to this information via the USEF website only made it easier to discover who might have been complementing their training with a dose of mother’s little helper.

January 13, 2016

USEF Leadership Discusses CEO Change

The U.S. Equestrian Federation hosted a press conference today, Jan. 13, at its annual meeting addressing the sudden departure of chief executive officer Chris Welton. The USEF announced Welton’s departure yesterday, effective immediately, and named U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney to the position on an interim basis. Welton took over the position June 1, 2014.

January 19, 2015

Welton Eases Fears, Sets Course For Future At USEF Annual Meeting

Chris Welton just moved into the corner office of the U.S. Equestrian Federation headquarters six months ago as the new CEO, but he knew coming into the USEF Annual Meeting, held Jan. 14-17 in Lexington, Ky., that that excuse wasn’t going to hold water.

For the first time in 10 years the budget was showing a deficit instead of a surplus. Federation growth and income has plateaued. And the national disciplines and breeds affiliates were feeling restless over a government restructure last year that left them with less representation on the board of directors.

January 12, 2014

USEF Keeps Chipping Away At Drugging And Over Medication

A year ago, overmedication in the horse show world dominated conversations at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting as the membership reeled from a Dec. 27, 2012, New York Times article by Walt Bogdanich titled, “Sudden Death of Show Pony Clouds Image of Elite Pursuit.”

March 27, 2013

Not Going Off The Reservation

Wellington, Fla.—March 27

At today’s U.S. Equestrian Federation Town Hall Meeting, U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney didn’t mince words when discussing the importance of changing the hunter/jumper culture when it comes to overuse and misuse of drugs and medications.

January 16, 2012

News And Notes From The 2012 USEF Meeting

While rule changes are the focus of the annual U.S. Equestrian Federation meeting, it’s also a rare opportunity for horseman from all different backgrounds to get together and talk about issues that affect all horses.

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