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USET Awards Grants to World Equestrian Games and World Championship Athletes

Gladstone, NJ—August 28, 2002—On June 24, 2002, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Board of Trustees approved a financial needs based grant system to assist athletes who are qualified to compete and train internationally but are unable to pay the cost associated with such competition and training.

There are times when discipline specific funding is insufficient to pay all international competition and training, costs and individual athletes and/or owners are sometimes required to pay the pro rata cost. There may also be times when a deserving individual is unable to attend a training session or competition because of the cost, and the USET Athlete Grant would be available to assist in such a situation.

In 2002, the USET Board of Trustees approved, and has awarded, $50,400 in Athlete Grants to individuals who have been selected for the 2002 World Equestrian Games or World Singles Driving Championships. The individual grants range from $3-4,000 per athlete. The grants are intended to help offset expenses of athletes who have been selected for these World Championships (team, individuals and alternates) and whose expenses have not been fully funded through discipline restricted contributions to the USET. To be eligible an athlete's (or parents’ if athlete is under 18 years of age) income must not exceed $125,000.

The USET Grant Recipients are:

Nancy Johnson - Singles Driving
Fred Merriam - Singles Driving
Kathy Brunjes - Endurance
Cia Y. Reis - Endurance
Jaclyn Adkins - Vaulting
Leah Smith - Vaulting
Samantha Smith - Vaulting
Pamela Geisler - Vaulting
Blake Dahlgren - Vaulting
Kenny Geisler - Vaulting
Erik Martonovich - Vaulting
Bethany Haas - Vaulting
Katherine Rachel Torres - Vaulting
Jillian Main - Vaulting
Sterling James Weatherly - Vaulting
Devon Maitoza - Vaulting

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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