A memorial fund has been created by the US Eventing Association to honor former vice-president Roger Haller, who died earlier this year.
The USEA Roger Haller Education Fund is designed as a lasting legacy to Haller, who made immense contributions to the development and implementation of the USEA’s Education Programs over the past 40 years.
Haller served as an Area Chair in his early 20s, and 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. 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.
The USEA Foundation has a fund raising goal of $250,000 to develop its educational programs for judges, technical delegates, course designers, instructors and volunteers. All members of the USEA Development Committee and the USEA Board of Governors have pledged financial support for the fund.
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, Haller 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.
With Haller’s passing there are only two FEI 3*/4* Technical Delegates remaining in the US.
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.