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USA Equestrian
Grants Approved For International Athletes And Organisations

USA Equestrian's Executive Committee met on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 and approved $97,600 in grants for international competition purposes. Drivers who participated in the World Singles Driving Championship in Conty, France held August 31 - September 1, 2002, as well as athletes and organizations participating in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, September 10 - 22, 2002, were recipients.

The grants were approved after consideration of applications, based on need, and ranged from $2,500 to $5,000 per athlete. Included is a $32,600 grant to reimburse the Reining Horse Sports Foundation for investment of personal capital to facilitate Reining's inclusion in the World Equestrian Games and $5,000 raised by the USA Equestrian Vaulting Committee to reimburse the United States Equestrian Team (USET) to cover housing expenses for the members of the vaulting team participating in the World Equestrian Games. The vaulting team, Free Artists Creative Equestrian (F.A.C.E.) received $5,000 and the individual vaulters received $2,500 each.

Kevin Burns, Assistant Executive Director, Development said, "USA Equestrian is grateful for the generosity of its members and sponsor family, without whom Torchbearer grants to USA's most promising athletes would not be possible."

The following athletes received grants:
Driving: Eleanor Gallagher; Nancy Johnson and Fred Merriam
Endurance: Katherine Brunjes and Cia Reis
Reining: Shawn Flarida; Craig Johnson; Scott McCutcheon; Tom McCutcheon and Craig Schmersal
Vaulting Individuals: Bethany Rose Haas and Samantha Smith
Vaulting Team: Free Artist Creative Equestrian (F.A.C.E.)

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 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.


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