New Eligibility Requirements Set in Place for International Participants

August 26. 2023

In an effort to create a safe environment, Wellington International partners with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to ensure all participants are properly trained in abuse prevention, how to recognize abuse, prevention of abuse and how to report abuse is critical to our goal to safeguard our participants. During its April meeting, the USEF’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Federation’s Bylaws, modifying the eligibility requirements for international participants, including owners, riders and trainers.

Beginning September 1, 2023, international participants at Wellington International will no longer be permitted to participate in national competitions by demonstrating good standing with their own National Federation. They will be required to join USEF as Competing Members. Those individuals 18 years of age and older must take SafeSport Training to be eligible to participate in national competitions. For those participating in FEI events only, this requirement does not apply.

It is important for all participants at Wellington International events to be aware of the requirements under the law, the SafeSport Code, and the USEF Safe Sport Policy, including mandatory reporting requirements. This new amendment does not go into effect until September 1, 2023, providing ample time for all competitions and foreign participants to ensure their compliance.

For more information about this change and what it may mean for you, please refer to the FAQ page. To join or upgrade to a Competing Membership, click Here.