The USEA announced today that a fund has been created in memory of the late Roger Haller, honoring his immense contributions to the development and implementation of the USEA’s Education Programs over the last 40 years.
With Roger’s passing the U.S. is left with only two FEI 3*/4* Technical Delegates, further emphasizing the deficit in our country’s pool of eventing officials that Roger saw coming several years ago. He recognized that a better system needs to be in place to bring the next generation of officials into the pipeline.
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 40 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.
The Roger Haller Education Fund aims to help further training programs for judges, technical delegates, course designers, instructors and volunteers. It 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.
The USEA Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $250,000 and already 100% of the members of the USEA Development Committee and the USEA Board of Governors have pledged their financial support.
Can you help? Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference and helps to support Roger’s vision and legacy.
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 (click on the “Donate” button in the top right hand corner). All donations are fully tax deductible.