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USA Equestrian

USET Explains Its Withdrawal of USOC Challenge

Maintains Commitment to Mission of Serving U.S. Athletes

Gladstone, NJ—January 16, 2003—On January 15, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) withdrew its Challenge before the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in order to facilitate a more rapid resolution to the equestrian governance dispute. Believing it could best serve this country’s equestrian athletes, as it has for more than a half-century, by defusing the extremely adversarial situation that has prevented USA Equestrian and the USET from being able to find common ground to resolve this matter, the USET withdrew the Challenge.

“What matters most to virtually everyone in the sport of equestrian is that the turmoil that has been hurting all of us ends by bringing the sport into compliance with the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act,” said USET President Armand Leone, Jr.

“The USET’s withdrawal of the Challenge is in no way connected to the recent decision of the Superior Court of New Jersey,” Leone continued. “Nowhere in the judge’s decision did the court find that the USET lacked proper authorization or proper documentation to continue with the Challenge. However, complaints against USA Equestrian that athletes have filed with the USOC, as well as the Complaint filed by the USET, have put the issues of non-compliance squarely before the USOC Hearing Panel. In addition, the USOC Membership and Credentials (M&C) Committee, in a separate proceeding, is also reviewing USAE’s non-compliance with the Sports Act.

“Since the matter of getting equestrian into compliance with the Sports Act is being addressed on these two fronts, the challenge was not playing a role in expediting a resolution. Given that it was no longer necessary, the USET withdrew its challenge. We hope this step will help to create an atmosphere that will assist in resolving the equestrian governance dispute.”

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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