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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that Robert Peebles retired from his position as Executive Director of the National Show Horse Registry (NSHR) on September 16, 2001.  Kim Ratte-Bunten, NSHR Chairman of the Board and Chair of the USA Equestrian National Show Horse Division Committee made the announcement during a special presentation in the evening session of the 2001 National Show Horse Finals at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL, on Saturday, September 15.

Mr. Peebles had served as Executive Director of the NSHR for 19 years. He has been an active member of the USA Equestrian National Show Horse Division Committee and Licensed Officials Committee for a number of years. He will continue to serve on the USA Equestrian committees, act as Show Manager for the NSH Finals, and will serve as a consultant to the NSHR.

Individuals in center ring for the announcement and presentation were: Kim Ratte-Bunten, Mary Jane Peebles, Robert Peebles, Bruce Milligan, a very close friend and former NSHR Chairman of the Board, Pam Milligan, Melissa Milligan, Brenda Jett, the NSHR Registrar, and Gayle Garrett, new Executive Director of the NSHR.

Bruce and Pam Milligan purchased and donated a trophy honoring Mr. Peebles, entitled "Robert Peebles Five Gaited Open Perpetual Trophy", which was unveiled during the presentation.

Gayle Garrett, the new Executive Director of the NSHR, has been employed by the NSHR since January 1983, serving in numerous capacities. For the past two years, she has worked as editor of the NSHR's publication, National Show Horse, as well as serving as Registry Manager.  Ms. Garrett also developed and maintains the NSHR's website, .

Ms. Garrett stated, "Since the announcement of my new position, I have received numerous suggestions from members for new programs and ideas for the further development of the National Show Horse breed.  I plan to work closely with the membership and the NSHR Board of Directors to implement programs and promote the NSH breed."

USA 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 77,000 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.

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