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Charles Owen To Sponsor Children's and Adult Medals
Leading Manufacturer of Riding Helmets Supports New Marshall & Sterling League.

SAUGERTIES, NY (December 20, 2002)--The New Marshall & Sterling League announced today that Charles Owen, the British manufacturer of quality riding helmets, has become the title sponsor of the League's Children's and Adult Medal Classes. The Charles Owen Children's Medal and the Charles Owen Adult Medal will be offered at League horse shows throughout the country beginning January 1, 2003.

Charles Owen, founded in London, England in 1911, is a leading manufacturer of ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets. The company offers the ultimate helmet for the safety conscious rider, with standards that not only meet U.S. requirements, but also pass rigorous British and European criteria. Charles Owen helmets are available in a range of such well-known styles as the Hampton, John Whitaker, and the Showjumper.

"We are delighted to welcome Charles Owen as the title sponsor of the Children's and Adult Medal Classes," said Tom Struzzieri, owner and president of HITS. "Charles Owen is a company that is dedicated to improving the safety of riders and we are proud to have them as a League sponsor. The company's outstanding reputation as a manufacturer of high quality riding helmets makes them a perfect fit for our League. We look forward to working together to continue to advance and promote the sport."

Since 1991, the Marshall & Sterling League has served to encourage and enhance the competition level of Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter and Jumper riders by providing the opportunity to qualify for a prestigious National Finals Competition. Having grown from 10 member shows and approximately 100 riders in 1991, to over 300 horse shows and more than 3,500 riders in 2002, the Marshall & Sterling League is poised to take on new challenges in 2003.

The most notable enhancement to the League in 2003 is the introduction of an exclusive National Indoor Finals. The New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals will provide the ultimate goal for hunter/jumper exhibitors across the country and will feature national finals for the Charles Owen Children's Medal, Charles Owen Adult Medal, and HBO Junior Medal as well as year-end finals competition for 11 hunter divisions, 5 jumper divisions, Young Jumper Championships, and a Grand Prix.

The New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals will take place at Worcester's Centrum Centre, Worcester, Massachusetts, September 17-21, 2003. Worcester's Centrum Centre is one of the nation's most celebrated sports arenas located 40 miles west of Boston, right in the heart of New England. With this impressive facility as its backdrop, the New Marshall & Sterling League will provide a first-class competition that is poised to become the event of the season for hunter/jumper enthusiasts across the country.

In addition to being associated with the New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals, League sponsors will also receive exposure at member horse shows. Member horse shows will offer Marshall & Sterling classes coast to coast throughout the season, thereby providing exhibitors all over the country and at all levels of the hunter/jumper sport with the chance to qualify for the Finals.

Class specifications for the Charles Owen Children's Medal and the Charles Owen Adult Medal may be found at



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