Gladstone, NJMarch 5, 2002The United States Equestrian Team (USET) began its preparations for the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain almost immediately after the closing ceremonies of the 1998 World Equestrian Games (WEG).
Over the last four years, the USET has maintained ongoing contact with the Organizing Committee of the 2002 World Equestrian Games working to ensure a smooth operation that will maximize the chances of medal-winning performances by all U.S. athletes.
As the Games approach, the USETs preparations continue and intensify. Travel and lodging arrangements are in place for athletes, staff, owners and a reasonable number of team supporters. Training and team selection has been ongoing since last year and will culminate in the coming months.
The main focus of all USET efforts in 2002 is the World Equestrian Games, said USET President Dr. Armand Leone, Jr. While other programs continue, the most important programs are those devoted to achieving success at the World Equestrian Games.
We know many USET supporters favor one particular discipline and, with this in mind, we have structured a special World Equestrian Games contribution program where individuals can direct their donations to their favorite discipline. Those sending donations for a specific discipline can be assured that every penny of their contribution will go directly to support competition and training in that discipline, not to administration and not to anything other than where they direct those funds.
U.S. horses and riders rank among the worlds best and expectations are high for medal-winning performances in all seven disciplines--dressage, eventing, show jumping, driving, endurance, reining and vaulting. With the generous support of USET members and all Americans who care about equestrian sports, these medal-winning performances will be achieved. USET supporters are urged to send contributions as soon as possible to maintain the Teams on-going programs. Contributions should be directed to your favorite discipline by mailing to: GO Team USA!, c/o USET, Box 355, Gladstone, NJ 07934.
WEG team selection is well under way and each discipline utilizes a selection process developed by its own athletes, coaches and discipline committee that maximizes the chances for success at WEG and is appropriate to its own situation.
The United States Equestrian Team is
a non-profit organization that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians
of the highest possible standard to represent our country in major international
competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of
talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support
and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For
more information on the USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET
ONLINE at www.uset.org