EQUESTRIAN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR USOC HEARING, WEBSITE COVERAGE
USA Equestrian (formerly
American Horse Shows Association) announced today
that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has made arrangements
the formal, public hearing on National Governing Body (NGB) status to
on Saturday morning in Austin, Texas. The United States Equestrian Team
(USET) filed a formal USOC challenge against AHSA in February, commencing
litigation in an attempt to take over the NGB status, which has always
held by AHSA.
The hearing is scheduled
to begin Saturday morning, October 13, 2001 at 8:30
a.m. local time (Central) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, TX. The
hotel is located at 98 San Jacinto Boulevard, and the hearing will continue
through Monday, October 15, 2001. It is required by law to be open to
public. Members of the public and media who wish to attend are not required
to make any formal or advance reservation or arrangements.
USA Equestrian, the
only organization recognized as the National Equestrian
Federation of the United States by the sport's international federation,
Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) headquartered in Switzerland,
provide continuous coverage of the hearing on its website, at
<http://www.equestrian.org/legal/hearings/index.asp>. Updates will
provided following each morning and afternoon session, and questions will
answered as permitted by available time and personnel. Email questions
should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the conclusion
of the hearing, a written ruling is expected to be
issued following deliberations by a 5-member hearing panel of the USOC.
That ruling is in the form of a recommendation to the full Board of
Directors of the USOC, which is scheduled to consider it at its next meeting
in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 27 and 28, 2001. Following that
consideration, the decision of the USOC is subject to arbitration under
The president of USA
Equestrian, Alan F. Balch, commented, "We very much
regret that we could not settle this matter within the equestrian family.
We tried every conceivable method of communication with the current
leadership of the USET, but even the simplest of meetings were difficult
arrange. Those who have followed this issue for the last several months
well aware that we did not instigate these very expensive proceedings,
we have had to defend the integrity of our organization, and the sport,
this aggressive challenge. We believe this to be a wasteful, divisive,
destructive effort by the USET, but we are now going to see some definitive
steps taken. Holding the hearing in itself is a signal that the conflict
finally moving toward a conclusion."
Balch said that a
meeting of the Executive Committee of USA Equestrian, and
possibly the full board, would be held in early November to evaluate the
result of the hearing and make future plans depending on its outcome.
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.