Concludes First Public Hearing On Equestrian NGB Application
New Jersey and Lexington, KentuckyMay 5, 2003As required
under United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Bylaws, the first
of two public hearings regarding the proposed new National Governing
Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian was held on Saturday, May
3, 2003. Attending the meeting were Armand Leone, Jr., U.S. Equestrian
Team (USET) President; Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Executive Director;
Kathy K. Meyer, USA Equestrian Treasurer; Lori Rawls, USA Equestrian
Executive Director; and John Collins, Counsel.
meeting was held to consider the joint application of USET and
USA Equestrian for
creation of a new NGB, to be formally named U.S. Equestrian Federation,
Inc. and to be publicly known as U.S. Equestrian. The joint application
was discussed with members of the USOC Membership & Credentials
meeting concluded favorably and both USET and USA Equestrian feel
that everything remains on track for final approval by the USOC.
The two organizations expect to receive a letter
the Committee in the near future regarding any suggestions or
changes the Committee might like made to the application.
Boards of both USET and USA Equestrian will meet in May and June
to review plans and to discuss formation of the new NGB. The first
organizational meeting of U.S. Equestrian Federation, Inc. will
be on July 7-8.
second and final public hearing on the joint NGB application is
scheduled for September
Following this hearing, the Membership & Credentials Committee
will give its recommendation to the USOC Board of Directors who
will meet on October 18-19 to give final approval of the new NGB.
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.