USA Equestrian Trust ® is a private foundation dedicated to furthering the rich legacy of horses and equestrian sport. The Trust’s objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of national and international equestrian sports competition, and the corporation is organized within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The Trust was originally founded in New York in 1917, as the American Horse Show Association, and its name changes over the decades — to American Horse Shows Association, to USA Equestrian, and now to USA Equestrian Trust — mirror the evolution of equestrian sport in the United States. USA Equestrian Trust secured the funding and building of the United States Equestrian Federation’s national headquarters office at the Kentucky Horse Park, beginning in 1998, and today leases that building to USEF in accordance with the formal agreement that founded the present Federation on December 1, 2003.
The Trust’s directors supervise the investment and allocation of assets accumulated since its original founding in 1917, less those dedicated to the formation of the new Federation in 2003. Much of the Trust’s investment portfolio guarantees the financing of the building occupied by the Federation at the Kentucky Horse Park; other funds raised or available are employed for the Trust’s charitable purposes, including equine health research and such other grants as the Trust’s directors may approve, as well as for future distribution to USEF in accordance with commitments made by the Trust at its founding.
Learn about the evolution of equestrian sport in the United States in this article from the September 2001 issue of Equestrian that documents the transition from the American Horse Shows Association to USA Equestrian.