The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association is a recognized affiliate of the USEF.
USEF and the IALHA work together for the enhancement of our sport and breeds. The USEF Breed and Non-FEI Discipline Committees work to assist the USEF Board in preparing, recommending, submitting standards for the conduct of competitions and rules for the conduct of all classes within their respective Breed/Discipline with specific attention called to any rule change(s) being proposed that were not endorsed by the respective National Affiliate, and any other issues that may arise.
The Breed/Discipline Division Committees may be called upon by the USEF President for advice and counsel as to technical questions regarding the conduct of the classes in the Breed/Disciplines. As an affiliate, the IALHA is responsible for appointing 60% of the USEF Andalusian/Lusitano Rules Committee. The IALHA Affiliate President and the USEF Committee Chair nominate for appointment individuals selected with the following criteria: Appointees should be thoroughly experienced in the work of the applicable breed or non-FEI discipline as an athlete, owner, trainer, coach, breeder, licensed official, or competition organizer within the applicable breed or discipline.
A portion of the IALHA appointees for the USEF Andalusian/Lusitano Rules Committee is required to be athletes. An athlete is defined as a competitor who has competed within the last 10 years at the IALHA National Show and has placed in the top 10. The IALHA currently has a committee of 11 members, 60% appointed by the affiliate and the remainder by USEF.
The IALHA fully supports the Safe Sport initiatives aimed at providing a competition environment free from sexual abuse, harassment, and bullying. We believe that the IALHA members agree these goals are in the best interest of the sport, our youth, and the entire equine industry.
As a recognized affiliate organization of US Equestrian, IALHA is subject to comply with the laws, rules, and regulations that fall under US Equestrian’s jurisdiction. This is also reflected in our By-laws. As such, IALHA is currently complying with Safe Sport measures including but not limited to reporting requirements, training requirements, and suspension reciprocity.
The leadership of IALHA has been in close communication with US Equestrian (via regular teleconferences, and in-person meetings held with the affiliates) as well as other organizations that have recently established committees to better understand the actual requirements per the Federal Law and their impact. As with any significant change, there has been much discussion as this Safe Sport policy is refined. Policy development naturally goes through a series of changes and amendments and a well-established, evolved system takes time.
We will continue to follow the progress of discussions in order to have the latest information. The IALHA’s standard policy is not to communicate or respond to Social Media discussions. If you have specific questions or concerns, please relay them to the IALHA office or your regional director.
USEF Breed and NON-FEI Discipline Committee