US Equestrian Announces Community Outreach Organizations Initiative

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the USEF Community Outreach Organizations initiative, a new program dedicated to supporting equestrian centers and equine-based organizations. Its mission is to increase under-represented and/or under-served communities’ access to horses and horse sports. This two-phase initiative aligns with the implementation of the Community Riding Center Grants Program and Opportunity Fund strategy outlined in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action P

Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable

Greater Buffalo is on the rise and we believe all our residents should have the opportunity to take part and fulfill their highest potential. When we tackle the existing gaps in racial equity, we will expand opportunity in neighborhoods across the region — where people live, work and raise their children. Our region will see even greater growth when all our residents can learn, work and further contribute to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community.

Register for US Equestrian’s DEI Community Conversation: An Introduction to LGBTQ+ and Becoming a Better Ally

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce that the next DEI Community Conversation, “An Introduction to LGBTQ+ and Becoming a Better Ally,” will be on Wednesday, June 30, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. Centered through the lens of diverse LGBTQ+ athletes and industry professionals, “An Introduction to LGBTQ+ and Becoming a Better Ally” will provide helpful information about LGBTQ+ experiences and explore how people can become strong allies to their fellow equestrians, friends, an

Veterans, Mustangs, and Western Dressage: A Perfect Match for Healing the Mind

When Marine Corps veteran Jimmy Welch (Woodstock, Ill.) and dressage trainer Patti Gruber (Woodstock, Ill.) competed with two mustangs at the 2019 Western Dressage Association of America’s (WDAA) World Championship Show, they were also demonstrating the powerful impact a combination of Western dressage and mustangs can have in the healing process of both mind and body for veterans. The World Show first-timers also paid tribute to the flag and all veterans with a Color Guard every evening before

DEI Community Conversations: Harnessing Accessibility and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Alanna Flax-Clark, M.S.Ed. (Glen Gardner, N.J.) is a para-equestrian competing in dressage, as well as an actress, model, and writer. She was a member of the silver medal-winning Adequan® U.S. Para Dressage Team at the 2019 Caledon Spring Jubilee CPEDI3* and was named the 2019 Adequan/United States Dressage Federation Para Dressage Rider of the Year, among many other impressive performances. Flax-Clark is a disability advocate, mentor to newly disabled members of the community, and aims to brin

DEI Community Conversations: Horses in Black Communities

The USEF's Feb. 21, 2021, webcast DEI Community Conversations: Horses in Black Communities, featured the University of Kentucky's Dr. Anastasia Curwood on "Equestrian History is Black History"; Kareem Rosser of Friends of Work to Ride on "Opportunities to Engage with Horses in Urban Areas"; and Saddle Up and Read's Caitlin Gooch on "Developing Soft Skills Through Experiences with Horses." The conversation covers such topics as equestrian outreach efforts to the Black community; how experiences

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to US Equestrian’s vision: To bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible. We recognize the need to achieve increased diversity and that our growth and success depends on the inclusion of all people. We are committed to providing access and opportunity for people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and active military personnel, people with disabilities, and those of all ages, religions, ancestries, genders and gender identities, and

Conquering Obstacles, Overcoming Limitations: The Shetland Ponies That Are Changing Lives

The American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) recently hosted the 73rd annual National Congress in Lake St. Louis, Mo., where registered Shetland ponies vied for national championship titles in everything from halter to jumpers in-hand to multi-hitch driving. One small but mighty group competing for a variety of championships was the Palas family of Story City, Iowa. Greg Palas, along with his wife and their three children, brought a very special group of Shetland ponies to show in the Conquering Obst
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