Junior Olympic Equestrian Events Named
United States Olympic Committee has approved the designation of
two more competitions as Junior Olympic Events. The USA National
Championship for the Harry H. Peters Trophy will take place October
17-20, 2002 in Lexington, Kentucky and the USA National Young
Rider Eventing Championship for the John H. Fritz Trophy November
1-4, 2002 in Temecula, California.
two events join USA Equestrian's growing list of Junior Olympic
events including the USA/Cosequin Junior Dressage Team Championship,
the FEI North
American Young Riders' Championship, the USA/BET National Junior
Jumper Championship and the USA National Pony Jumper Championship.
Junior Olympics is the largest grassroots youth development program
in the United States. Junior Olympic programs involve over 3,500,000
participants annually. Two-thirds of the National Governing Bodies
(NGB) for Olympic Sports have Junior Olympic programs. USA Equestrian
and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) support the Junior
Olympic movement because it believes that the Junior Olympics:
* Responds to America's culture and needs by providing additional
* Provide positive goals and options, which have tremendous public
* Presents positive associations in the minds of the American
public, thereby drawing children and their parents and appealing
to commercial sponsors, whose contributions support further development.
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.