Section 1. Mission Statement. We are the National Governing Body ("NGB") of
Equestrian Sport in the United States. We provide leadership and vision for equestrian sport
by regulating competitions and promoting the safety and welfare of horses and riders while
encouraging interest, participation, and excellence at every competitive level. We embrace
the Olympic movement and the spirit of fair play while supporting all breed and discipline
affiliates within the Federation family equally. We celebrate the equestrian lifestyle and the
benefits of good health and outdoor exercise. BOD 8/1/11 Effective immediately
Section 2. NGB Compliance. As the NGB and in accordance with the Ted
Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and the United States Olympic Committee
("USOC"), the Federation shall: BOD 8/1/11 Effective immediately
(1) Serve as the NGB for equestrian sport in the United States and member of
the USOC. The Federation as NGB shall comply with all applicable laws
and USOC requirements, including, without limiting the generality of the
foregoing, compliance with the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports
Act, as amended, and with the USOC Bylaws.
(2) Serve as the National Federation (NF) for equestrian sport in the United
States and member of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). Work
together with the FEI in its mission to protect competition horses from any
form of abuse, extend the universality of equestrian sport, and promote its
visibility to the public.
(3) Protect and support the welfare of horses by inspecting, monitoring and
testing to deter use of forbidden substances and other cruel, unsafe and/or
unsportsmanlike practices and by adopting and enforcing rules to prohibit
(4) Promote and encourage physical fitness, promote sportsmanship and
public participation in equestrian events and activities in the United States,
and educate members and the public with respect thereto; assist
organizations and individuals concerned with the development of programs
for athletes in equestrian events; and provide services for members'
(5) Assure the right of an equestrian athlete to compete in any international
equestrian athletic competition conducted under the Federation's auspices
or that of any other equestrian sports organization or person, unless the
Federation establishes that its denial was based on evidence that the
organization or person conducting the competition did not meet the
requirements stated in Section 220522 of The Ted Stevens Olympic and
Amateur Sports Act and Section 2 of the USOC Bylaws; and protect the
right of any athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official to
participate in athletic competition in equestrian events; and provide an equal
opportunity to amateurs, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and
officials to participate in amateur athletic competition without discrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin and with fair
notice and opportunity for a hearing to any amateur athlete, coach, trainer,
manager, administrator, or official before declaring such individual ineligible
(6) Provide the strongest possible U.S. representation internationally in each of
the FEI disciplines, including providing a selection process for each major
(7) Disseminate and distribute, or otherwise make readily available to
equestrian athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and
officials, in a timely manner the applicable rules and any changes to such
rules of the Federation, the USOC, the Federation Equestre Internationale
("FEI"), the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic
Committee, and the Pan American Sport Organization; and provide for the
swift and equitable resolution of conflicts and disputes involving its
(8) Provide a body of rules with which to govern equestrian sport at the national
level, along with an effective means of enforcing them, and a judicial
process that is fair to competitors while providing for optimum integrity
within the sport.
(9) Encourage and support amateur athletic sports programs for individuals
with a disability and the participation of individuals with a disability in
amateur athletic activity, including, where feasible, the expansion of
opportunities for meaningful participation by individuals with a disability in
programs of athletic competition for able-bodied individuals.
(10) Provide effective and timely communication to every level of athlete, official,
and organizer within the sport.
(11) Develop interest and participation in equestrian sport throughout the United
States and work with affiliate associations, breed and discipline
organizations, and other organizations to encourage participation.
(12) Serve as the coordinating body for equestrian activity in the United States;
exercise jurisdiction over international equestrian activities, and sanction
international equestrian competition held in the United States; promote the
sponsorship of international equestrian competition held inside and outside
the United States.
(13) Coordinate the calendar of competitions to assure FEI level competitive
opportunities domestically; enhance the level of national competition in all
FEI disciplines; and provide for varying levels of regional and national
competition in a wide variety of disciplines to increase the breadth and
depth of the sport throughout the country.
(14) Train and license officials.
(15) Assign recognized status to those equestrian competitions whose
operations have been certified by the Federation to further the interests of
equestrian sports in the United States in order to serve and promote the
best interests of recognized equestrian competitions and expand and
enhance the image of equestrian sports.
(16) Encourage and support research in the areas of sports medicine and sports
safety for both the human and the equine athlete and disseminate
information that is developed.
(17) Establish national goals and encourage attainment of those goals.
(18) Aid the USOC in its mission to help U.S. athletes achieve sustained
competitive excellence while inspiring all Americans and preserving the
(19) Select and recommend to the USOC individuals and teams to represent the
United States in the equestrian disciplines in the Olympic, Pan American
and Paralympic Games.
(20) Select and designate individuals and teams to represent the United States
in equestrian international athletic competition (other than the Olympic, Pan
American and Paralympic Games) and certify, in accordance with the
applicable international rules, the eligibility of such individuals and teams.
(21) Foster the development of the athletic facilities for use by equestrian
athletes training for equestrian competitions and assist in making such
facilities available to such athletes.
(22) Provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women
(23) Provide and coordinate technical information on physical training,
equipment, its design, coaching and performance analysis.
(24) Promptly review every request for sanction to hold an international
competition in the U.S. or to sponsor U.S. amateur athletes to compete in
international competition outside the U.S. and determine whether to grant
such sanction in accordance with the USOC Bylaws, Section 8.
Section 3. Principles. The following governing principles shall apply to the Federation:
(1) The Board of Directors, Officers, and Committees of the Federation shall be
selected without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sex.
(2) The Federation shall provide for reasonable direct representation on its
Board of Directors for any amateur equestrian organization ("ASO") which
conducts, on a level of proficiency appropriate for the selection of amateur
athletes to represent the United States in international amateur athletic
competition, a national program or regular national amateur athletic
competition, and ensures that such representation reflects the nature,
scope, quality, and strength of the programs and competitions of such
amateur equestrian organization in relation to all other such programs and
competitions in equestrian sport in the United States.
(3) The Federation shall not have eligibility criteria relating to amateur status or
to participation in the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games or the
Paralympic Games which are more restrictive than those of the FEI.
(4) The Federation shall not become a member of any other international sports
federation which governs a sport included in the program of the Olympic or
Pan American Games.
(5) The Federation shall be autonomous in the governance of equestrian sport,
shall independently determine and control all matters central to such
governance, shall not delegate such determination and control and shall be
free from outside restraint.
(6) Neither the Federation nor any member of the Federation may deny or
threaten to deny any equestrian athlete the opportunity to compete in the
Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, the Pan American Games, a World
Championship competition or other such "protected competition" as that
term is defined in the USOC Bylaws from time to time; nor may the
Federation nor any such member of the Federation, subsequent to such
competition, censure or otherwise penalize any such athlete who
participates in any such protected competitions. Any equestrian athlete who
alleges that he or she has been denied, or has been threatened to be
denied, any such opportunity to compete shall immediately inform the
President of the Federation, the Equestrian Athlete Ombudsman, the USOC
Athlete Ombudsman and the USOC's AAC representative for equestrian,
who shall cause an investigation to be made and steps to be taken to settle
the controversy without delay. Notwithstanding any efforts taken to settle the
controversy, the athlete may (a) refer the matter promptly to the Chief
Executive Officer of the USOC and pursue such remedies as may be
appropriate under Section 9 of the USOC Bylaws, and/or (b) file a grievance
with the Federation's Hearing Committee pursuant to these bylaws. Any
grievance filed with the Federation shall be heard and determined in
accordance with the Federation's Rules governing the Hearing Committee's
Grievance and Hearing Procedures. See also Section 9, USOC Bylaws
("Right of Opportunity to Participate in Certain International Amateur Athletic
Competitions") attached as Appendix C, which is incorporated herein by
reference, and made a part hereof.
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