Rumors, accusations, listings proliferate the equestrian world. In recent days it has become increasingly necessary to protect yourself from the possibility of you becoming another causality in the “Safe Sport” wave. Whether you agree with the rules and regulations or not, the need to put in place releases within your business grows day by day. Not just to protect yourself, but your students. With the bonus of comply with the standards being asked of you as a USEF member. Knowing what is expected and know your rights is where to start.
USEF has placed a wide variety of information about the Safe Sport requirements on their website. You will also be required to take an educational course informing you of what is expected in order to be a member of the organization. This includes ALL horse owners, riders, trainers and guardians of minors involved in the sport.
A good place to start are the links below:
If you are a professional in the field AND a USEF member, knowing what is expected is step 1. Step 2 is to put in place liability releases that both inform and legally define what you, as a professional, can and can not do in order to comply with the regulations.
Below are some sample releases, free for download and modification.
DISCLAIMER: These releases are generic samples. Make sure to have your own legal adviser review each one for your particular need and concern: