Articles: Press Release
USEF Announces Team USA for the 2006 FEI World Carriage Driving
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2006
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation(r) (USEF) is
pleased to announce the team headed to Mensport, Hellendoorn,
Netherlands for the 2006 FEI World Carriage Driving Championships for
Drivers with Disabilities. The event will be held September 6-10 this
year and occurs every two years. This year, the USEF Para-Equestrian
High-Performance Committee has been working closely with the United
States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) in preparing for the
Team USA 2006 is made up of two team veterans - Mary Gray of North
Yarmouth, Maine and Diane Kastama of Arroyo Grande, California. Gray
will drive a seven-year-old Welsh Cob gelding named Bolgoed Exploring
Eric, owned by Carol Boswell of East Lothian, Scotland. Kastama will
drive Jasper, her 11-year-old Welsh Cob gelding.
Gray is the past president of USDFD. She competed in the first Disabled
Driving World Championships, bringing home an Individual Gold medal and
a Team Bronze. Gray was a pillar of Team USA 2004, helping the team to
bring home fifth place overall. Kastama competed for the U.S. in 2000,
2002 and 2004 and brought home the Silver Individual medal in 2002.
The USDFD team has a strong history of bringing home medals with three
Team Bronze medals (1994 non-FEI), two Individual Gold medals (1994
non-FEI), three Individual Silver medals (one in 2002, which was the
first year for pairs non-FEI), and one Individual Bronze for the first
FEI recognized pair competition.
Combined driving is about 30 years old, but is a fast-developing sport.
The first year the United States participated in this international
competition was 1994 in Hartbury, England. The first actual FEI World
Championship was held in 1998 in Wolfsburg, Germany. The USDFD Team USA
athletes have competed in Stadl Paula, Austria; Greven, Germany; and
Team USA is funded entirely by donations and various fundraising events.
The team relies on their friends, community and family for support, both
financial and emotional. Many donations are tax-deductible. The USDFD
has established a National Hitch-Up and Ride/Drive Fundraising Program.
This is an opportunity to have fun with horses while supporting the Team
USA fund. Those wishing to make a monetary donation or considering
holding a Hitch-Up and Ride/Drive fundraiser contributing towards team
participation in the 2006 World Championship can contact the USDFD
office at 502-863-5113, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Donations can also be made on-line
at www.usdfd.org .
For more information, please contact Jeannie Blancq Putney, National
Marketing Manager at (859) 225-6974 or email@example.com.
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As the National Governing Body (NGB) of Equestrian Sport, the United
States Equestrian Federation(r), Inc. (USEF) is the regulatory body for
28 breeds and disciplines, including our country's international teams
competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
para-equestrian, reining, show jumping and vaulting. With over 87,000
members, it is the country's largest multi-breed organization and
annually license more than 2,800 competitions nationwide. The USEF
governs all aspects of competition, including education and licensing of
all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate shows.
Vision Statement: The vision of United States Equestrian Federation(r)
is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of
America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the
Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the
welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best
national equestrian federation in the world.