Equestrian And USET Agree To Joint Resolution Of NGB Dispute
new era for equestrian sports began on Saturday, February 1, 2003,
when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Membership and
Credentials Committee received a plan jointly proposed by USA
Equestrian (USAE) and the United States Equestrian Team (USET)
to create a new NGB for the sport incorporating the strengths
of each organization.
joint agreement resolves the question of governance of the sport
and ends an agonizing period of dispute with a solution that all
parties heartily endorse.
new plan became a reality when signed by USAE President Alan Balch,
Vice President David O'Connor and Treasurer Kathy Meyer and by
USET Chairman Frank Lloyd, President Armand Leone and Secretary
Eric Straus. It calls for the formation of a new corporate entity
to assume all the current functions of USAE and USET with the
main fundraising efforts handled by two new supporting organizations.
part of the agreement, Balch agreed to resign as a Trustee of
the USET, to instruct his attorneys to take immediate steps with
the USET to resolve the litigation Balch v. USET in a manner acceptable
to both parties, and that he will not seek to serve as an officer
or director of the new NGB until after the election cycle for
USET agreed to nominate David O'Connor as a Trustee to its Board
and all parties agreed that O'Connor will be responsible to communicate
and coordinate all international matters between USAE, USET and
the USOC during the interim period prior to the establishment
of the new NGB.
new NGB will carry on activities currently performed by the USET
and USAE and will be responsible for providing all services required
by Equestrian Sport, both national and international, and for
meeting obligations as a USOC-designated NGB. For the role of
fundraising, the plan calls for the creation of the USET Foundation
and the USAE Trust. The USET Foundation will seek to raise funds
for international high performance programs while USAE Trust will
raise funds for purposes relating to equestrian industry research,
education, scholarship and financial support needs, excluding
activities relating to international high performance programs
new NGB will be governed by a Board of Directors not to exceed
54 members. Officers will include a President; Vice President-International
High Performance; Vice President-International-National FEI Affiliates;
Vice President-National Affiliates; Vice President-Finance &
Administration; Secretary and Treasurer. The new NGB will be led
by a paid Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A six member CEO Search
Committee, with three individuals appointed by USAE and three
by the USET, will begin immediately to seek a suitable individual
for the CEO position. The CEO is to be in place prior to commencing
operations of the new NGB.
Chairman of the Board, Frank V. Lloyd and David J. O'Connor, USAE
Vice President stated, "We are particularly delighted for
the athletes, coaches, staffs and the entire sport of equestrian;
and look forward to the renewed enthusiasm and support to make
this country the top equestrian nation in the world."
full content of the new NGB plan outline will be available on
the USAE website at www.equestrian.org
and on the USET website at www.uset.org.
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.