Jane Clark To Resign as USET Foundation President & CEO after Hiring Briton Ben Maher to Ride Her Jumpers

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Jane Forbes Clark and Katherine Bateson-Chandler. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

GLADSTONE, New Jersey, Oct. 8–Jane Forbes Clark is resigning as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, a major financing organization for American high performance horse sports, Nancy Jaffer reported on Equisearch.com (click for complete story).

Her resignation, to take effect next January, was triggered by Jane’s hiring of Great Britain team gold medalist Ben Maher to rider some of her horses, according to the Equisearch report, after a split with Mario Deslauriers.

Jane sponsors dressage rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler who is working with Carl Hester in England and four-in-hand driver Chester Weber in addition to jumpers.

At the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, she was represented by U.S. team members in dressage, driving and jumping.

Jane is a major contributor to U.S. high performance horse sports as well as running the foundation that was created in 2003 to become a fund raising organization on the creation of the U.S. Equestrian Federation as the unified governing body of horse sports in America. The USET had previously been responsible for American teams for championships.

Equisearch quoted Jane as saying she will keep her financial commitments to the foundation and is also buying jumpers for U.S. two-time Olympic medalist Leslie Burr Howard wh had worked for her years ago.

Ben said in a statement on his Internet site:

“I am delighted to be riding Jane Clark’s string of horses. I have admired her horses for a long time, so it will be a great honor to ride for her. The new horses will strengthen my current team and enable me to be more competitive at the top league shows. I will continue to work closely with my existing owners and am really looking forward to working with Jane whose knowledge of the jumping world is respected around the circuit.”
Ben will begin riding the horses later this month with plans to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida in 2013.
Ben Maher on Tripple X on his way to winning team gold at the Olympics in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com