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United States Equestrian Team Announces Plans for 13th Annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack

Gladstone, N—February 6, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will host the 13th annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, June 19-22 at the USET’s Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, New Jersey.

The 2003 event will showcase four equestrian disciplines- dressage, show jumping, endurance, and reining. The nation’s best riders will be vying for USET Championships as well as the right to represent their country in upcoming international competition.

The Festival’s dressage competitions will feature the USET Grand Prix Championship as well as the USET Intermediaire Championship. The USET Intermediaire Championship will serve as the selection trials to choose the horses and riders who will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic in August.

The Dressage division will once again feature the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) Championship for Riders with Disabilities. This year, the Championship will serve as the Final Selection Trial for the team that will represent the U.S. at the World Championship for Riders with Disabilities to be held in Belgium in September.

Along with the dressage competition, the ballet of equestrian sports, the Festival will feature the power and speed of show jumping. The Show Jumping Division will be highlighted by the $50,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship, a member event of the American Grandprix Association (AGA), and the USET Junior and Amateur-Owner Talent Derbies, both presented by BET on Jazz and both part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.

The Festival will again host the USET Endurance 75-Mile Championship, a Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI) sanctioned CEI** ride. The ride will take place in and around the USET grounds.

The Bayer Reining Division returns, the fifth consecutive year the Festival will feature reining. Teams of reiners from several countries will compete in the COSEQUIN® CRIO Nations’ Cup. Riders from all over the nation will vie for the prestigious USET Reining Championship, presented by Bayer. The reining ring will also feature the USET Futures Championship and the Reining Young Rider Medal Final, which holds qualifying classes at reining competitions throughout the country over the course of the year-long qualifying period. These competitions award points to the top placing riders. At the end of the year, the top point earning Young Riders are invited to compete in Gladstone at the finals.

Along with top-level equestrian competition, spectators will be able to enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment. A wide range of gourmet dining options as well as a country fair will complement the equestrian activities taking place in three rings. The fair will feature equine demonstrations, falconry and blacksmith demonstrations, the Children’s Coral, as well as vendors offering top-quality jewelry, souvenirs, and products for the home as well as the stable.

General admission will be ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children under the age of twelve. Children under the age of six will again be admitted free of charge.

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


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