Announces Riders for 2003 Show Jumping Developing Rider
Gladstone, NJMay 6, 2003 The United States Equestrian
Team (USET) has named five riders plus alternates to participate
on the 2003 USET Show Jumping Developing Rider European Tour.
Riders named to participate are Candice King of Wellington, FL;
Marley Goodman of Palm Beach, FL; Misti Cassar of Thousand Oaks,
CA; John French of Redwood City, CA; and Laura Linback of Mundelein,
IL, plus alternates in the following ranked order: Robin Sweely
of Madison, VA; Nona Garson of Lebanon, NJ; Callen Solem of Colts
Neck, NJ; Tricia O'Connor of Ocala, FL; Judy Garofalo of Dover
Plains, NY; Debbie Stephens of Glenmore, PA; and Mary Lisa Leffler
of Brookville, MD.
USET will provide funding to the five riders participating in
the tour, of which four are Developing Riders. They will compete
at three international show jumping competitions in Europe:
10-13 CSIO Falsterbo, SWE
July 25-27 CSI-A Royan, FRA
July 31-August 3 CSIO Lummen, BEL
The USET initiated the Show Jumping Developing Rider Program in
1996 to provide riders who have not yet reached the Olympic, Pan
American, or World Championship level with experience in European
international competition. Recent years have seen the addition
of Senior Riders to the Developing Rider squads to assist riders
with the adjustment to their first FEI experience.
Developing Rider is defined as an individual who has not represented
the United States in the Olympics, Pan American Games, or World
Equestrian Games or ridden on more than five Nations Cup
Teams either in Europe or at Spruce Meadows. Alternates for the
Olympics, Pan American Games or World Equestrian Games as well
as riders who have competed in the Show Jumping World Cup Final
are still considered Show Jumping Developing Riders.
The USET will provide up to $35,000 to each rider who is selected
to participate in the tour. Riders will be awarded $25,000 in
merit based funding, and an additional $10,000 need based funding
will be available to those who qualify.
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