7. Give back and help horses: Having originated during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was formed to help ensure the safety and well-being of horses during trying times. Money donated to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund is used to prepare for disasters and assists equines of any breed who are victims of disasters including, but not limited to, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards, and fires. In 2016 over $15,000 was given to horses in need. Learn more about how you can help at usef.org.
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8. Understand the rules: Become familiar with the rules that allow for a fair and level playing field for all competitors. The USEF Rule Book is available in digital form, and you can bookmark the website for quick access whenever you need it.