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USET To Host Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction Presented by Glenmede at 13th Annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack

Gladstone, NJ—May 8, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will host a Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction, presented by The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A., during 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 Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 pm under the tent at The Mansion on Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ. Proceeds from the Black Tie/Red, White & Blue attire event are to be used to help send our athletes to the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic in August.

Ann Romney, First Lady of Massachusetts and no stranger to equestrian sports, is Honorary Gala Chairman. Romney, wife of Salt Lake Organizing Committee President and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is a dressage rider and helped arrange dressage demonstrations during the Salt Lake City Olympic Games’ opening weekend. Her horse “Liberte” will be competing in the selection trials for the Pan American Games during the Festival.

The Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack 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 the U.S. 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 Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic in August.

The Dressage division will also 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, presented by Intervet 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 featuring the New Jersey Equine Expo hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will complement the equestrian activities taking place in three rings. The fair will feature equine demonstrations, falconry and blacksmith demonstrations, the Jersey Fresh Horse Expo, 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. Everyone will be admitted free on Thursday. Admission for the Gala Dinner Dance and Silent Auction is $250 per person. Tickets may be reserved by calling Kim Rippard at (908) 234-1251, extension 25.

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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