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Trustees of United States Equestrian Team Vote To Support Recommendations of USOC Hearing Panel

Gladstone, NJ—June 17, 2002—Following last week’s release of recommendations made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Hearing Panel reviewing the status of USA Equestrian (USAE), formerly the AHSA, as the National Governing Body (NGB) for equestrian sport, the Trustees of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) passed the following resolution on Monday, June 17 during a teleconference meeting:

"The United States Equestrian Team Board of Trustees supports the recommendations of the United States Olympic Committee Hearing Panel and votes to use its best efforts to implement the resolution of the Hearing Panel including the resignation of the USET Chairman, Mr. Frank Lloyd, and the USET President, Dr. Armand Leone, Jr. The USET Trustees look to the Board of USA Equestrian to implement a similar motion in a timely manner, including the resignation of Mr. Alan Balch as President."

The USOC Hearing Panel ruled that USAE does not meet the criteria for recognition as the NGB having delegated many, if not most, of its responsibilities to the USET over the past half-century. Accordingly, "the Panel recommends to the [USOC] Board that the formal recognition now held by the USAE be revoked."

The Hearing Panel recommended “that for the good of the sport of equestrian, the current officers of each organization step aside. Specifically, the Panel recommends that Alan Balch, and Armand Leone and Frank Lloyd step aside from their roles at their respective organizations and that those individuals not be permitted to take part in the governance of the sport of equestrian for a minimum of six (6) years.”

The Hearing Panel provided for a 180-day probationary period prior to formally declaring an NGB vacancy. The USOC has recommended that in order to have any further role in the governance of the sport of equestrian, USAE must work with the USET during this probationary period to form a new organization to act as NGB. The Hearing Panel recommended that any new organization that may be formed to replace USAE as the NGB, "must be staffed by employees with equivalent experience to those of the USET in the areas relating to the international aspects of the sport..." and, furthermore, must "establish a Board of Directors/Executive Committee voting structure that sufficiently protects the International Operating Division [USET]..."

With its June 17 vote, the USET Trustees accept the USOC recommendations and pledge to work with USAE within the guidelines put forth by the Hearing Panel.

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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