Articles: Press Release
USA Equestrian Announces Varsity Equestrian
USA Equestrian, Inc.
(Formerly American Horse Shows Association)
4047 Iron Works Parkway,
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258 2472
Fax (859) 231 6662
Web site: www.equestrian.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2002
As equestrian sport continues to move toward full NCAA status, the first
Varsity Equestrian Championship will be held April 20, 2002, at Full
Partners Farm in Gainesville, Florida. All schools which have declared
varsity status with the NCAA have been invited, and thirteen Division I and
II schools will participate in equestrian competition to name the first
Varsity Champion. Student riders from Auburn University, College of
Charleston, Cornell University, University of Findlay, Fresno State
University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Pace
University, Stonehill College, Texas A & M University, University of
Georgia, University of South Carolina, and West Texas A & M University will
compete in both Hunt Seat and Western competitions based on the format
developed by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, in this precursor
to what one day may become an NCAA Championship.
Boo Major Duncan, Coach at USC explains, " This first championship will be
the beginning blueprint of what will become the NCAA Equestrian Championship
in the future. It is not a final product but a place to start. Each year we
are able to hold this championship, before Equestrian reaches varsity status
in the NCAA, will give us the opportunity to see what format works and what
doesn't. We are most thankful for the help USA Equestrian has given us in
this endeavor and hope to continue the relationship."
For more information, please contact Sarah Holt, Public Relations on
(859) 225 6974 or via email at email@example.com. USA
releases are available on our web site - http://www.equestrian.org/ .
USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S.,
is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of
dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and
vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian
competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the
Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800
competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of
competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and
technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport
in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from
the grass roots 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.