Articles: Press Release
USEF, USDF, and USHJA Reach Historic Understanding
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2004
Lexington, KY-The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United
States Dressage Federation (USDF), and the United States Hunter Jumper
Association (USHJA) have reached an historic understanding regarding
joint membership, horse registration, competition recognition,
competition data, and awards programs. This agreement will provide
significantly improved service to dressage and hunter/jumper members.
On November 3, 2004, representatives from USEF, USDF, USHJA, and the
United States Eventing Association (USEA) met at Salamander Farm in The
Plains, VA. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and gain support
from USEF on topics of mutual concern to the three Olympic affiliates
and to identify processes and procedures common to each of the
organizations that could be combined or integrated for the best
interests of the sport and its members. David O'Connor, John Long, and
Lori Rawls represented USEF; Sam Barish, Janine Malone, and Stephan
Hienzsch represented USDF; Bill Moroney, Ken Krome, and Beth Miner
represented USHJA; and Kyra Stuart, Andrew Temkin, and Jo Whitehouse
The discussions focused primarily on four issues of common interest
where some degree of duplicative programs and processes exist between
the Olympic affiliates and USEF. Discussion also was held on the general
topic of the formal relationship between the Federation and the
affiliates and the clarity required so that the rights and obligations
of the Federation and the affiliates were clearly understood.
The overall theme of the discussion was to review and combine shared
processes to make them more member friendly and cost effective. The
following decisions were made with implementation to begin within one
(1) A joint membership between USEF and USDF and USHJA individually will
be created with a common membership number between the designated
affiliate and USEF. Different membership levels may be created within
this new framework. Horse registrations across organizations would be
shared and may be centralized. Horses should ultimately have one
universal number regardless of where they are registered.
(2) Each of the competitions of the USDF and USHJA will be jointly
recognized by USEF. Data coming as a result of the joint recognition
would be shared between USEF and the affiliate.
(3) Data generated from competitions would be shared between USEF and
USDF and USHJA.
(4) Discipline-specific awards would remain the domain of USDF and
USHJA. Cross-discipline awards or awards for service would remain with
The next step of discussions will deal with specific implementation
plans for each of the programs. A contractual relationship between USEF
and USDF and USHJA will be created in which these decisions would be
memorialized as well as other rights and responsibilities of the
The presidents of USEF, USDF, and USHJA signed a Memorandum of
Understanding on November 26, 2004, to document the agreement reached on
the above issues.
For more information, please contact Sarah Lane, Public Relations
Manager on (859) 225-6974 or via email at email@example.com. USEF press
releases are available on our web site - www.usef.org.