The United States Eventing Association Board of Governors has approved the creation of the USEA Roger Haller Education Fund to honour the memory of Roger Haller, who passed away March 31st.
Roger made immense contributions to the development and implementation of the USEA’s Education Programs over the last forty years and this fund is designed as a lasting legacy to his invaluable work.
The USEA Foundation has commenced a fund raising campaign with the goal of securing $250,000 to develop its educational programs for judges, technical delegates, course designers, instructors and volunteers. One hundred percent (100%) of the members of the USEA Development Committee and the USEA Board of Governors have pledged financial support for the fund. These are people who appreciate and value the impact Roger Haller has had on the sport of Eventing and who want to make his vision a reality.
The Fund will encompass the Roger Haller Scholarship for the Education of Eventing Officials, the USEA’s Course Designer’s Scholarship, the introduction and implementation of the Officials’ Advancement Program which will be part of the Training Program for Eventing Officials (TPEO), the Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) and other programs that are currently in the conceptual stages.
During the last few years, Roger stressed the importance and urgency of encouraging the next generation of eventers to step-up and assume the responsibility as officials and instructors as he and his peers had done some forty years ago. He observed that the dwindling pool of US “R” “S” and FEI officials was reaching a crisis point of having an insufficient number of qualified officials to satisfy the growing number of competitions. He devoted much of his time working to address this crisis, and there was no one in the world more qualified to ask the eventing community to step up than Roger.
Since the 1960’s Roger has been a major force in our sport. He served as an Area Chair in his early twenties, as a young board member he served as the volunteer editor of the then USCTA News (now Eventing USA) working tirelessly to nurture the newly created association and grow it into the organization it is today. He served on almost every one of the USEA committees responsible for the training and education of judges, technical delegates and course designers, but he did not stop there. His strong belief that horses and riders would be safer if they received quality education in the correct principles of riding and in particular, cross-country riding resulted in him being a big supporter of the USEA’s Instructors’ Certification Program.
Donations can be made to the USEA Roger Haller Educational Fund, c/o USEA, INC., 525 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20176, or you may make a donation online at www.useafoundation.org and clicking on the “Donate” button in the top right hand corner. All donations are fully tax deductible.