Articles: Press Release
Heather Bergantz Named USET Athlete Of The Month For August
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, email@example.com
Gladstone, New Jersey-August 28, 2001- Heather Bergantz, of San Jose, CA
has been named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for
August. Bergantz won the individual Gold Medal at the 100-mile Pan American
Endurance Riding Championship in South Woodstock, VT, on August 25, aboard
Skip Lightfoot's Crystals Charm by a twenty-one minute margin in a ride time
of 10 hours 39 minutes and 42 seconds.
The story of Bergantz and Crystals Charm reads like a fairy tale. The
9-year-old Arab gelding also known as "Big Red" was rescued from the
slaughterhouse and purchased by Lightfoot for $600 over three years ago.
After realizing Red's potential, Lightfoot called on Bergantz to take over
training. Since then the pair has been making a name for themselves on the
Endurance circuit winning the Haggin Cup in 1999 and now the Pan American
Championship. Bergantz feels they have much more to do.
"Red has really come into his own this year", said Bergantz. "As long as he
is sound next year he is going to the World Championships. Next year he
will be really tough, he's not at the top of his game yet."
The Green Mountain Horse Center hosted the Championship that included 88
riders from nine nations - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great
Britain, Mexico, Romania and Venezuela in addition to the United States.
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.