Safety at Competitions

Starting December 1, 2019, the USEF and USHJA have approved a re-write of Chapter HJ Hunter/Jumper Competitions in the USEF Rulebook. Subchapter HJ-3 Requirements to Obtain Rating includes new definitions for Safety and Welfare (HJ105) minimum requirements. Included are new safety measurements that will increase the level of medical expertise on show grounds, increase communication between competition management and medical personnel, and increase response time to rider injuries.

HJ105 lists an Accident Preparedness plan, which includes a phone line reserved for contacting emergency personnel, posted information about the competition grounds, nearest hospital and equine veterinary center, and mileage to nearest hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center.

Additionally, approved by USEF and USHJA, is HJ113.19 which states, “At premier and/or Jumper Level 5 or higher competitions, at least one of the required qualified medical personnel must be a paramedic”.

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* 1. Are you aware of the difference between an EMT and a paramedic?

EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are entry-level patient care providers. They are trained to assist in life-threatening situations to provide emergency care including CPR, administering oxygen and glucose, and other treatments that do not require breaking the skin (I.E. no needles).

Paramedics are advanced emergency medical care providers. They build on EMT education and have a high level of training and experience. They are skilled in administering medications, starting intravenous lines, endotracheal intubation, and resuscitate and support patients.

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* 2. Are you in agreement with the new rule to increase the required level of qualified medical personnel to a paramedic at Premier rated and/or Jumper Level 5 or higher competitions?

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* 3. Do you agree that competition management has an obligation to provide the highest level of qualified medical personnel?

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* 4. As an exhibitor, would you be willing to incur an additional fee in order to provide the best medical care at Premier and or Jumper Level 5 or higher competitions?

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* 5. If a competition does not offer the highest level of qualified medical personnel, would you still compete at that competition?

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* 6. If no, would you choose to compete at a different competition that does offer the highest level of qualified medical personnel?

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