and USET Submit NGB Application to USOC
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, KentuckyApril 2, 2003The
United States Equestrian Team (USET) and USA Equestrian (USAE)
submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today documents
containing bylaws and an application to be the Olympic Sport Organization
and National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian.
new organization is to be formally called the United States Equestrian
Federation, Inc. and it will be commonly referred to and marketed
as U.S. Equestrian.
bylaws and application, as proposed to the USOC Membership &
Credentials Committee, will be available on the respective websites
of both USAE (www.equestrian.org) and the USET (www.uset.org)
before midnight tonight, April 2, 2003.
NGB Working Group of Armand Leone, Jr., Frank V. Lloyd, Kathy
K. Meyer, David J. OConnor, Howard Pike, Eric L. Straus,
Bonnie B. Jenkins, Lori Rawls, James R. Wolf and counsel John
Collins worked extensively on developing the bylaws.
website postings provide for the 30-day public notice for the
public hearing to consider the application that is required by
the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and the USOC Bylaws.
The USOC Membership and Credentials Committee meeting and Public
Hearing will be on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at the Denver Airport
Gateway Marriott. Representatives from both the USET and USAE
will be in attendance. The second and final Public Hearing will
be held in September at a date to be determined.
final recognition of the US Equestrian Federation, Inc. as NGB
will rest with the USOC Board in the autumn.
Vice President, David J. OConnor said, This is an
important and exciting step in creating the new organization for
the future of equestrian sport.
Armand Leone, Jr., USET President, also hailed the submission.
The working group is to be commended for focusing on the
mission at hand and the best interests of the sport. This is a
great day for all involved in equestrian sports.
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