Equestrian and USET Submit NGB Application to USOC
New Jersey and Lexington, KentuckyApril 2, 2003The
United States Equestrian Team (USET) and USA Equestrian (USAE)
submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today documents
containing bylaws and an application to be the Olympic Sport Organization
and National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian.
new organization is to be formally called the United States Equestrian
Federation, Inc. and it will be commonly referred to and marketed
as U.S. Equestrian.
bylaws and application, as proposed to the USOC Membership &
Credentials Committee, will be available on the respective websites
of both USAE (www.equestrian.org) and the USET (www.uset.org)
before midnight tonight, April 2, 2003.
NGB Working Group of Armand Leone, Jr., Frank V. Lloyd, Kathy
K. Meyer, David J. OConnor, Howard Pike, Eric L. Straus,
Bonnie B. Jenkins, Lori Rawls, James R. Wolf and counsel John
Collins worked extensively on developing the bylaws.
website postings provide for the 30-day public notice for the
public hearing to consider the application that is required by
the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and the USOC Bylaws.
The USOC Membership and Credentials Committee meeting and Public
Hearing will be on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at the Denver Airport
Gateway Marriott. Representatives from both the USET and USAE
will be in attendance. The second and final Public Hearing will
be held in September at a date to be determined.
final recognition of the US Equestrian Federation, Inc. as NGB
will rest with the USOC Board in the autumn.
Vice President, David J. OConnor said, This is an
important and exciting step in creating the new organization for
the future of equestrian sport.
Armand Leone, Jr., USET President, also hailed the submission.
The working group is to be commended for focusing on the
mission at hand and the best interests of the sport. This is a
great day for all involved in equestrian sports.
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.