Articles: Press Release
Qualified Riders Named for USET Intermediaire I Championship/Pan
American Games Dressage Selection Trials at Bayer/USET Festival of
Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ—June 5, 2003— The 2003 Bayer/United States
Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line
Tack, will host the Pan American Games dressage selection trials, June
19-22 at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
The USET Intermediaire I Championship at the Festival will serve as the
selection trials to choose the rider/horse combinations who will
represent the United States in dressage at the 2003 Pan American Games
in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 7-10.
To qualify for the selection trials, rider/horse
combinations had to compete in a series of qualifying events held
throughout the country from September, 2002 – June 1, 2003. Rider/horse
combinations had to compete in the Prix St. Georges and the
Intermediaire I in a minimum of two USET Qualifying Competitions. At
least one of those competitions had to be a CDI (Concours Dressage
Internationale). In addition, combinations had to complete one
Intermediaire I Freestyle at a qualifier.
The following are the top twelve qualified riders (one of
whom has qualified with two horses) for the Pan Am Selection Trials:
- Jan Brons/Josien Wellington,
- Margot McAllister/Bravo Upperville, VA
- Tina Konyot/Liberty Palm City, FL
- Brooke Doss/Westcott Charlotte, NC
- Kathleen Raine/Lord Glendale Murrieta, CA
- Jan Ebeling/Feleciano Moorpark, CA
- Tara Stegen/New Tango Wellington, FL
- Susan Dutta/West Side Lady Thornwood, NY
- Carol Lavell/Much Ado Loxahatchee, FL
- Kristina Harrison-Nanese/Kantor Burbank, CA
- Jan Ebeling/Liberte Moorpark, CA
- Arlene Page/Wild One Wellington, FL
- David Wightman/Garein Murrieta, CA
In addition to the Intermediaire Championship, the Dressage Division at
the Festival will also feature the USET Grand Prix Championship,
qualifiers for the North American Young Riders’ Championships to be held
in August in Bromont, Quebec, and the National Disability Sports
Alliance (NDSA) Championship for Riders with Disabilities. The NDSA
Championship will serve as the final selection trial for the team that
will represent the U.S. at the World Championships for Riders with
Disabilities to be held in Belgium in September.
Along with dressage competition, the Festival will feature Show Jumping
with the $50,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship and the USET
Junior and Amateur-Owner Talent Derbies, both presented by BET on Jazz.
The 2003 Festival will also host the USET Endurance 75-Mile
Championship, a Federation Equestre Internationale (International
Equestrian Federation – FEI)-sanctioned CEI** ride. The ride will take
place in and around the USET grounds.
The Bayer Reining Division will feature the USET Futures Championship
and the Reining Young Rider Medal Final.
In addition to top-level equestrian competition, spectators
will be able to enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment. A wide
range of gourmet dining options as well as a country fair will
complement the equestrian activities taking place in three rings. The
fair will feature equine demonstrations, falconry and blacksmith
demonstrations, the Jersey Fresh Horse Expo, as well as vendors offering
top-quality jewelry, souvenirs, and products for the home as well as the
General admission will be ten dollars for adults and five
dollars for children under the age of twelve. Children under the age of
six will again be admitted free of charge. There will be free admission
for all spectators on Thursday, June 19.
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, vaulters, 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.