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USA Equestrian
Collecting Gaits Farm To Sponsor Junior Dressage Championship

Collecting Gaits Farm has signed on to become a sponsor of the USAE Junior Dressage Team Championship. The championship, created as part of a movement to encouraging outstanding young riders, will be held during Dressage at Devon, in Devon PA, September 23 – 28.

Riders, ages 14 – 18, qualified for the USAE Junior Team Dressage Championship by competing at USA Equestrian/United States Dressage recognized competitions from August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2003. Competitors must submit an Application of Intent and a minimum of five qualifying scores to USA Equestrian. Of these five scores two must be FEI Junior Team Tests, two FEI Junior Individual Tests and one USA Equestrian Fourth Level Test 1. The top five scores for each horse and rider combination will be calculated for the final averages. Each horse and rider combination must achieve an overall average score of 60.000% or higher. Once the riders are selected, they are placed on teams in a handicapped format so that when the members of a team average their individual scores together, they are of similar percentages. During the competition, team members will ride both the FEI Junior Team and the FEI Junior Individual tests. Each team will drop the lowest score of each test and accumulated percentages will determine the team placings.

Collecting Gaits Farm, owned by Jeff and Shereen Fuqua, is located in a prestigious suburb of Atlanta, GA, and is the training base for Karen Lipp, an accomplished rider and one of few Americans to have competed in last year’s prestigious Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany.

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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