Articles: Press Release
Leslie Howard Named Athlete of the Month for December
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, New Jersey –December 31, 2001– United States Equestrian Team
(USET) Olympic veteran Leslie Burr Howard of Westport, CT was named USET
Athlete of the Month for December after she won the Grand Prix and World Cup
class at CSI-W Amsterdam, December 13-16, and the Grand Prix at CSI-A
Maastricht on December 2.
Howard riding Higher Ground Farm’s Priobert de Kalvarie had double clear
rounds in both classes at Amsterdam to beat an impressive field of
international riders that included 2000 Olympic individual Gold Medalist
Jereon Dubbeldam of The Netherlands and Germany’s two-time team Gold
Medalist, Ludger Beerbaum. In the World Cup class, she finished the
jump-off in 38.35 seconds, almost five seconds faster than the second place
finisher, Dutch Olympian Jan Tops who finished in 43.18 seconds. The
following day in the Grand Prix, Howard finished in 35.89 seconds beating
Dubbeldam who finished in 37.35 seconds.
Two weeks earlier, Howard started her impressive December when she rode
Priobert de Kalvarie to the Grand Prix win at Maastricht, Holland.
A member of the USET squads that won the team Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympic
Games in Los Angeles and the team Silver Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in
Atlanta, "Leapin' Leslie" Howard entered her first show at age 6. As a
junior rider, she won the 1972 ASPCA Maclay Finals, the United States' top
competition for riders up to age 18.
Howard was honored by the USET in January of 1997 with the Whitney Stone Cup
for long and meritorious service. She was one of 12 riders to contribute
to the USET’s win in the 1997 inaugural Samsung Nations’ Cup Series, which
culminated at Spruce Meadows in Canada, where she won the world’s richest
Grand Prix event – the $523,465 Du Maurier Ltd. International Grand Prix.
In 1999, Howard was a member of the USET Silver Medal show
jumping squad for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. She was the
Show Jumping World Cup champion in 1986.
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.