Articles: Press Release
Jim Richards Named USET Ambassador
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ—November 6, 2001—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) USET
is proud to announce the appointment of Jim Richards of Atlanta, GA, as its
first ambassador. Richards is Managing Director of Richards Capital Fund
and former President of Southwire Company (one of the world's leading wire
and cable manufacturers). For the past three years, he has served on the
USET National Advisory Council.
The USET announced the creation of its new Ambassador Program in October.
The USET will work closely with a select group of distinguished horse owners
and equestrians in several key cities across the country, each of whom will
be named to the special position of "ambassador."
USET ambassadors will be resident representatives of the U.S. Equestrian
Team in their host cities, serving as symbolic links between the USET and
the surrounding equestrian community. Ambassadors will promote the
interests of the sport and of the Team by assisting in organizing major
annual events as well as smaller benefits throughout the year.
USET President Armand Leone, Jr., said, "The Team has many prominent
supporters throughout the United States. We are delighted to honor some of
them with the title "ambassador" and to work together with them in advancing
support for international equestrian sports in their home cities."
Richards began riding at an early age and was an avid competitor in
hunter/jumper competitions in addition to participating in various local
horse trials and occasional point-to-points. As an adult, he then focused
most of his attention on competing in 12-18 goal polo and has been an avid
follower of his numerous steeplechase horses who have been trained by Gerald
Oxley and, more recently, Bruce Miller. Included are multiple Graded Stakes
winners Flashfire (NZ) and Reagan (CH).
After many years of competitive polo, Richards suffered a serious back
injury that forced a layoff from the sport. Unable to compete on horseback,
he turned his interest to organizing and producing a major event.
Richards hosted several international teams at the Richards' family farm,
Foxhall Farm, during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Since May, 2000, Jim
and Foxhall Events have hosted the MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI***, a Three-Star
level event that takes place each spring. The MBNA Foxhall Cup serves as
the AHSA National Championship of Eventing and the USET Three-Star Spring
Championship. Foxhall Farm was the last U.S. qualifying site as well as the
quarantine site for the 2000 U.S. Olympic eventing team before departing for
That team, by the way, included Hyde Park Corner, a horse Richards owns with
Julie Burns that was ridden by Burns.
"I am proud to accept the position of USET ambassador for the Atlanta area,”
Richards said. "As owner of a horse that competed in the Olympic Games,
I've had the opportunity to see first hand all that the USET does to support
its athletes and horse owners. I am thrilled to do whatever I can to help
the USET as it continues its mission of achieving success in the Olympic
Games and all international equestrian competitions."
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.