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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that it has approved a record number of competitions for the 2001 competition year with 2,803 sanctioned to date. This figure compares with year-end totals of 2,742 for 2000 and 2,717 for 1999.

The figure for 2001 is expected to continue to rise as competitions are still being approved. Applications for competition dates can be received in the office up to 30, 45, 60 or 90 days prior to the competition date depending on the type of competition. The USA Equestrian 2001 competition year ends with competitions having a start date of November 30th. Competitions with a start date of December 1st or after fall into the 2002 competition year.

"It's good to see that the Federation continues to experience steady growth in the number of recognized competitions year after year. This optimizes competition opportunities at both existing and new venues with orderly growth." said Katriona McElligott, Assistant Executive Director of Regulation

USA 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 77,000 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.

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