Articles: Press Release
USET To Send Show Jumping Team To CSIO Athens
Berth in 2004 Samsung Super League At Stake
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
GLADSTONE, NEW JERSEY-September 18, 2003-The United States
Equestrian Team (USET) is sending a show jumping team to compete in CSIO
Athens, October 2-5, 2003. The decision, approved by the Executive
Sub-Committees of the USET and USA Equestrian upon recommendation of the
Show Jumping High Performance Committee, was made to give the U.S. a
chance at qualifying for the 2004 Samsung Super League.
Named to the team are Joe Fargis with Edgar, Laura Kraut
with Allegiance, Debbie Stephens with Cosequin's CEO and Candice King
The Samsung Super League began in 2003. This important series limits
participation in eight select CSIO competitions (La Baule, Rome, St.
Gallen, Aachen, Dublin, Hickstead, Rotterdam, and Barcelona) to the
eight countries (France, Ireland, Great Britain, The Netherlands,
Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and Italy) who qualified for the series in
2002 according to results in that year's Nations' Cup competition.
Participation at the level offered in the Samsung Super League events is
a critical component of the USET's strategic plan for Olympic and
international success. However, participation in Samsung Super League
events as a "wild card" is often difficult to obtain. While the US was
granted entry this year for CHIO Aachen, requests for invitations to
Hickstead and Dublin were denied. Consequently, the best way to gain
this invaluable international competition experience is to be one of the
eight Super League countries.
Each year, the country finishing last in the Super League
drops off and is replaced by the country finishing first in the
year-long series of the seventeen CSIOs outside the Super League. With
three CSIOs remaining this year (CSIO Zagreb, Croatia; CSIO Athens,
Greece, and CSIO Buenos Aires, Argentina), the US is tied for first
place with Switzerland and thus in a possible position to move into the
Super League for 2004. Given this unexpected opportunity, the Show
Jumping High Performance Committee recommended entering a team at
The USET will provide financial grants to the riders
selected to the Team. The USET will also fund the expenses to send a
Coach/Chef d' Equipe.
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.