Articles: Press Release
United States Eventing Team Wins Bronze
Statement from David O'Connor, President of the United States Equestrian
Federation, On the Decision from The Court of Arbitration for Sport
Regarding the Eventing Stadium Jumping Competition on Wednesday, August
Today the Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted the appeal of the
National Olympic Committees of France, Great Britain and the United
States on the Eventing competition of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Consequently, France earns the team gold medal, Great Britain the
silver, and the United States the bronze. Leslie Law of Great Britain is
the new individual Olympic gold medal winner; Kim Severson of the United
States wins the silver medal; Pippa Funnel of Great Britain wins the
The following is a statement from David O'Connor President of the United
States Equestrian Federation:
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is satisfied with the
decision made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and believes
it is the correct outcome, maintaining the integrity of our sport. The
entire affair is a very unfortunate situation for all the countries
involved, but most especially for our athletes.
Everyone at the USEF feels badly for the German team and especially for
Bettina Hoy, because no one wins in a situation such as this.
We are very appreciative of the support given us by the United States
Olympic Committee who have made every effort to help us protect our
athletes, and of the quick action by CAS in hearing this case and
bringing it to a rapid resolution.
It is unfortunate that the situation escalated to this level, it should
have been resolved as a field of play issue, which it originally was if
the ruling by the Ground Jury had been upheld. It is our hope that as a
result of this controversy the FEI (Federation Equestre International)
will reevaluate how they will handle situations such as these in the
future. A more open and inclusive appeals process could have avoided the
controversy and dissatisfaction created by Wednesday evening's events.
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The United States Equestrian Federation Inc.(USEF), 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
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation 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.