Articles: Press Release
Sarah Willeman Wins 2000 BET/USET Talent Search Finals-East
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ--October 10, 2000--Sarah Willeman of Hamilton, MA riding her
own horse Grappa won the 2000 BET/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Show
Jumping Talent Search Final-East held at the USET Headquarters and Olympic
Training Center in Gladstone, New Jersey, on October 7-8.
Willeman, who trains with Missy Clark and Michael Keough, commented, " What
stood out the most about the weekend was the excellent classes combined with
the tests and outstanding courses that were designed to challenge the riders.
The classes provided the competitors with the appropriately difficult tests
and I enjoyed the format with the combination of the flat and gymnastics,
along with the challenges posed by the jumping courses."
The following riders placed in the top ten;
|PLACE|| RIDER/CITY |
|1st || Sarah Willeman of Hamilton, MA|
|2nd|| Tiffany Cornacchio of Baiting Hollow, NY|
|3rd|| Vanessa Haas of Frenchtown, NJ|
|4th|| Emily Bickford of Hingham, MA |
|5th|| Caitlyn Venezia of Marstons Mills, MA|
|6th|| Katie Milton of Locust Valley, NY|
|7th|| Mary Daley Pattee of New York, NY|
|8th|| Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI|
|9th|| Caitlyn Shiels of Sheffield, MA|
|10th|| Emily Wood of Bronxville, NY|
Last month, Anneliese Kannow of La Jolla, CA riding Pre, owned by the Desert
Allergy Center, won the 2000 BET/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Show
Jumping Talent Search Final-West held at the Los Equestrian Center in
Burbank, CA, September 21-24th.
The BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Finals consist of four competition
phases designed to provide competitors with a challenging and rigorous final
and help the USET identify future international competitors. In the first
Flat Phase, riders perform specific tests of their riding skills without
jumps; in the second Gymnastic Phase, riders jump combinations of obstacles.
During the third Jumping Phase, competitors negotiate a grand prix style
jumping course of fences. In Phase Four, only the top four riders return to
begin a ride off phase. During the final phase, riders compete with their
own horse over a course of jumps, and then ride each of the other entries'
horses over the same course.
Finals on the East and West coasts are open to riders 21 years old and
younger who have qualified through their placement in regional BET/USET Show
Jumping Talent Search classes.
Started in 1965 as the USET Medal program, the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent
Search encourages young rider development and awards USET Gold, Silver and
Bronze Medals to competitors who have won classes held at horse shows
throughout the United States. In 1982, the program incorporated year-end
Finals as a further goal. The Finals are held on both East Coast and West
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908)234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.