Equestrian Issues Statement On National Indoor Finals
response to numerous inquiries from its membership, USA Equestrian,
the National Equestrian Federation, issued the following statement
regarding the current promotion underway for an event known as
the "National Indoor Finals," scheduled for September
17-21, 2003, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Rawls, Executive Director, stated, "The event known as the
National Indoor Finals is not a Recognized Competition of USA
Equestrian, and has not applied for recognition. Therefore, our
members and Competition Managements of our sanctioned competitions
should be aware that this event will not be conducted according
to our rules, or within the framework of our sanctioning structure,
which includes our zone and national awards programs, dispute
resolution, drug testing, and rule enforcement, unless or until
it should apply for and receive recognition from the Federation."
Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the
U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions
nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including
educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates
who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian
sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.