USOC Concludes First Public Hearing On Equestrian NGB
New Jersey and Lexington, KentuckyMay 7, 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.
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 www.uset.org