Board Adopts Hearing Panel Recommendations Acknowledges
USET As De Facto Joint NGB
NJAugust 7, 2002The United States Equestrian Team
(USET) is pleased to report that the United States Olympic Committee
(USOC) Board of Directors has voted overwhelmingly to adopt the
Report and Recommendations of the Hearing Panel reviewing the
status of USA Equestrian (USAE), formerly the AHSA, as the National
Governing Body (NGB) for equestrian sport.
86 individual members of the USOC Board voting, 84 voted to adopt
the Hearing Panels recommendations, one voted not to adopt
and one voted to abstain.
its report that was made public in June, the Hearing Panel determined
that the USET has been, and is, primarily responsible for governing
the international equestrian programs for the United States. The
Hearing Panel ruled that USAE does not meet the criteria for recognition
as the NGB having delegated many, if not most, of its responsibilities
to the USET over the past half-century.
after receiving the Hearing Panel Report, the USET Board of Trustees
voted to support the Hearing Panels recommendations, those
now endorsed by the USOC Board of Directors, including the recommendations
calling for the resignations of USAE President Alan Balch and
USET Chairman Frank Lloyd and USET President Dr. Armand Leone,
Jr. To date, the USA Equestrian Directors have not voted to support
the USOC recommendations.
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