USET Foundation Establishes International Young Rider Talent Fund For Olympic Disciplines

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GLADSTONE, New Jersey, Mar. 26–A talent fund to support U. S. high performance international young rider and developing programs in Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping has been established by the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.

In announcing the fund Friday, the USET Foundation said these programs play a critical role in developing the best possible U.S. Equestrian Teams for the future.

The foundation said it recognizes the value and importance of providing international competition experience to young talent, and is excited to work with donors who share its passion and interest in making sure rising young stars are provided with international experiences.

“It is so important for this country to make the Young Rider and Developing programs a priority and permanent part of the High Performance program,” said Jane Forbes Clark, USET Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. “Unfortunately, they have been the first thing to go when funding gets tight. We feel that by establishing a separate fund and actively working with individuals to build this fund over time, we will have been instrumental in truly building for the future, and giving our rising talent the opportunities that are necessary for the United States to continue its leadership among the world’s top equestrian nations now and in the years to come.”

An initial gift will be made by the USET Foundation to the U.S. Equestrian Federation for the 2010 International Show Jumping Young Rider Tour, based on contributions to date.

“As the coach for the United States High Performance Show Jumping Teams, I am committed to putting a plan in place that will allow our teams to win at the highest levels in the sport,” said George H. Morris, U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’ Equipe and USET Foundation Trustee. “A critical part of this plan is providing a program for out talented young riders to ensure the United States’ long-term success internationally.”

The USET Foundation is seeking additional gifts to help with this tour and to establish the “International Young Rider Talent Fund” as a viable source of funding and support for programs than can be specific to an Olympic discipline or unrestricted.

For more information contact, Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director at +1 908-234-1251 or bjenkins@uset.org or visit USET online at www.uset.org.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.