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 B. Jenkins, Executive Director
of the United States Equestrian Team (USET), 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
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