Dutta Corp. Extends Major Sponsorship for Dressage & Eventing for Up to Another Six Years
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 7–Tim Dutta, whose Dutta Corp. is a leading global equine air transportation company, has extended by up to six years major sponsorship programs for United States dressage and eventing, including the national championships of both Olympic disciplines.
The extension of the previous sponsorship agreement that was for two years and will now run for a minimum of another four years with an option to go to six years was signed with the U.S. Equestrian Federation and confirms Tim and the Dutta Corp. as the single largest sponsor of federation dressage programs.
The latest deal by Tim Dutta provides for two dressage and one eventing annual round trip trans-Atlantic shipping of American horses for each of the two disciplines for competition and training in Europe. The arrangement includes the presenting sponsorship of the Festival of Champions that is the national championship of dressage, plus the Grand Prix and Intermediate national title competitions. The title sponsorship of the Eventing national championship at Fair Hill International CCI*** in Elkton, Maryland is also included.
Based in North Salem, New York and Wellington, Florida and a quarter century partnership with Guido Klatte of Lastrup, Germany, the company also sponsors the $120,000 CDI4* international event at the Global Dressage Festival and jumping events at the Winter Equestrian Festival, both in Wellington and several other equestrian competitions elsewhere in the United States and in Belgium and Germany.
‘We are a company that always likes to give back,” Tim told dressage-news after the new contracts with the USEF were signed. “Dressage is still a very important passion of mine and our family’s and we believe it makes a difference with shipping grants as well as support to help the sport grow.
“We believe in our new coach, Robert Dover, and Debbie McDonald, the developing coach. We have had the pleasure of working with Robert for the last 25 years and we firmly believe in his vision for the sport so we are proud to continue to support the sport at the highest level.”
Susan Dutta, Tim’s wife is a U.S. team dressage rider and former eventer. Both Tim and their 12-year-old son, Timmy, are avid polo players on his club team, Grande Gallo.
Robert Dover, the U.S. Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, who has made a priority of American horses and riders competing in Europe, said of the new sponsorship agreement: “The American dressage community owes a great debt of gratitude for the tremendous generosity of Tim Dutta and The Dutta Corporation. Their ongoing support of the the Festival of Champions and our USEF High Performance programs and athletes has had enormous impact on our success and I am personally extremely grateful to Tim on behalf of the team.”
A native of India who is an American citizen and began the Dutta Corp. more than 25 years ago is the official air transportation company for the USEF dressage and eventing teams and the large number of performance horses competing in Europe each year as well as the Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The Dutta Corp. is the official air transportation company for both the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping in Las Vegas in April and the Pan American Games of the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping in Toronto in July.
Tim’s expertise was instrumental in shipment of horses into the United States for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, to Rio de Janeiro for the 2007 Pan American Games which will host the 2016 Olympics, and the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has been active in working with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in easing transportation of high performance sport horses for growing global competition.
In addition to being the largest shipper of horses from Europe to the United States, other major initiatives include the transport of about 100 horses from Central and South America as well as Europe for children’s, junior and young rider jumper Nations Cup competitions at WEF and working with the Global Champions Tour.
“For us, it is a labor of love giving back to the sport,” he said. “It also shows to the athletes and members of the equestrian community that we are not only in business to make money but also giving back to something we love and support.”