Equestrian Releases Copy Of New Jersey Court Order Nullifying
USET's NGB Challenge
Order is Contrary to USET Press Release
USA Equestrian released to the public and posted on its website
www.equestrian.org a copy of the Court Order issued on January
10, 2003, by Honorable Edmund R. Bernhard, Judge of the New Jersey
Superior Court, relating to the USET's Challenge filed with the
USOC attacking USA Equestrian's NGB status. The court declared
"null and void" all substantive actions taken by the
USET's Board of Trustees at recent Trustee meetings, and also
specified that the Trustees' attempt to ratify "the filing
and continued prosecution of the challenge before the United States
Olympic Committee" was "null and void."
the USET issued a press release stating that the withdrawal of
its challenge on January 14, 2003 was "in no way connected
to the recent decision of the Superior Court of New Jersey"
and stating, "Nowhere in the judge's decision did the court
find that the USET lacked proper authorization or proper documentation
to continue with the Challenge."
Equestrian's General Counsel, Bill Roos, commented that "Judge
Bernhard's order speaks for itself, and the USET's press release
is clearly wrong or at best misleading." Mr. Roos distributed
the court order and the USET press release to USA Equestrian's
64 member Board of Directors at their annual meetings which began
yesterday in Lexington, KY.
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 80,000 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.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian
sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.