Elections To The United States Equestrian Federation Board
Of Directors To Commence
KY and Gladstone, NJ - April 29, 2003 - Lori Rawls, Executive
Director of USA Equestrian and Bonnie Jenkins, Executive Director
of the United States Equestrian Team, announced today that the
process to elect Eligible Athletes to the new United States Equestrian
Federation Board of Directors will commence this month.
required by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the newly
formed Federation must include at least 20% representation by
eligible Athletes on its Board and certain committees. In order
to conduct elections properly, the Federation has developed and
maintained a database of eligible athletes in two categories:
those athletes who qualify to be elected per the USOC definition,
and those who qualify to vote per the USOC definition.
this month, the nomination process to elect eligible Athletes
will begin. All athletes will be notified by mail of the details.
Twelve seats on the 54-member Federation Board are reserved for
Athletes and will be filled by athlete elections to take place
prior to the new Federations first Board Meeting in July
of 2003. There are two seats for each of the Olympic disciplines
of Dressage, Eventing and Jumping, one seat for each of the FEI
disciplines of Driving, Endurance, Reining, and Vaulting, one
seat for a Paralympic athlete, and one seat to be filled by the
equestrian representative to the USOC Athletes Advisory Council.
Athletes respond with their nominations to the joint USET/USA
Equestrian Athlete Nominating Committee, which will then meet
to consider additional nominations. Ballots will be sent to all
eligible Athletes in May for their votes, and will be counted
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.