I recently completed the Safe Sport program that the USEF requires its members to take. It took a while, and I didn’t realize that it was in three parts, and thought I had completed the whole thing after I downloaded my certificate after taking the first part. This program is required for all US Olympic sports, of which equestrian is one. We’ve heard of sexual abuse between coaches and athletes at some very high levels, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. It happens more than we can imagine. The course goes beyond sexual abuse, and included bullying and emotional abuse. While we know it happens, I think taking the course clarifies many things, including how to respond if we suspect any kind of abuse, how to recognize signs, and just making us aware of abuse in general.
The courses were well done, including video and short scenarios that ask multiple choice questions. I had to answer some scenarios “not sure” until they were explained in the next segment.
It was well worth an hour of my time.