USEF Interactive Forum on Welfare of Horse to be Broadcast Live

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Chrystine Tauber
Chrystine Tauber

A United States Equestrian Federation forum on the welfare of the horse will be broadcast live nationwide by the USEF Network on June 3, with viewers able to submit questions along with members of the audience.

Chrystine Tauber, the USEF President, said of the forum at 6 p.m. Eastern Time Monday, June 3: “This innovative use of technology presents a unique opportunity to share opinions and experiences from every corner of the Federation.”

The main topic is welfare of the horse in the 21st century–meeting the needs of the performance horse in a changing environment.

The live broadcast was in response to what the USEF said was overwhelming reaction from members and requests to host the Town Hall style meetings in many cities around the country.

The broadcast will replace previously scheduled meetings and provide greater access to more people across all breeds and disciplines nationwide.

A panel of USEF representatives, owners, trainers, and veterinarians Lexington, Kentucky will take questions and suggestions throughout the webcast from a live audience as well as from equestrians tuned to the webcast.

The broadcast will be available free of charge to view on demand on as early as June 4.

Discussion topics include:
–USEF leadership speaking on welfare of the horse today;
–Overview of USEF and International Equestrian Federation (FEI) medication rules;
–An overview of proposed catastrophic incident protocol for USEF competitions, including plans for death, collapse and disease;
–Introduction of proposed additions to horse welfare rules, including competition-day injection rules, veterinarian membership requirements and review of training and preparation practices;
–Owner-trainer-veterinarian relationship and responsibilities for greater accountability for horse’s welfare and wellbeing;
–Regulatory reform resulting in increased testing and more stringent penalties for rule infractions, and
–Next steps–call for industry reform.

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