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Once in a Lifetime “Olympian Experience” Offered at US Dressage Festival of Champions

Gladstone, N.J. – April 21, 2017 – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, hosted by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation at historic Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey, is pleased to offer a very special “Olympian Experience” package to train with an Olympian and enjoy this year’s event, held May 18-21, as a VIP.

This opportunity of a lifetime, presented by Dressage Today, will include a training session with a U.S. dressage Olympian on Saturday, May 20, and the chance to ride a dressage test (of your choice) critiqued by an FEI international judge. Furthermore, participants will receive two VIP Patron tent seats and hospitality throughout the championships, two invitations to the competitors’ Welcome Reception on Wednesday, May 17, two invitations to the Olympic Celebration Cocktail Reception on Saturday, May 20, one VIP parking pass and a one-year subscription to Dressage Today. In addition, there will be a special “draw” for Olympian Experience participants at the Olympic Celebration Cocktail Reception.

The Olympian Experience packages are $5,000 and are very limited on a first come, first serve basis. For federal income tax purposes, the tax-deductible portion of your charitable donation to the USET Foundation is $3,800. The USET Foundation’s federal tax identification number is 22-1668879.

Please contact Maureen Pethick at 908-234-1251 (ext. 207) or email mpethick@uset.org for more information and to apply for the Olympian Experience package.

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will draw top horse-and-rider combinations from across the country to compete for the three coveted champion titles. The prestigious ‘Brentina Cup’ for riders ages 16-25 attracts highly talented youth and their mounts for the opportunity to ride with other competitive athletes their age.

The event will also feature the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship, the USEF Intermediaire I Championship and the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship, presented by Dressage Today.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org,

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Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea to Represent US during Karen Stives European Developing Tour

Caroline Martin with Pebbly Maximus. Photos By: Shannon Brinkman.

Gladstone, N.J. – March 29, 2017 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is proud to announce that Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea have been named as the recipients of the 2017 Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund Grants. Martin and Shea will participate in the Karen E. Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour, which will give these E25 athletes a chance to represent the United States on an international stage at the 2017 Houghton Hall CICO3* and Bramham International CCI3*-U25 in Great Britain.

Established with a generous $1 million gift from Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Karen Stives, the Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour aims to encourage up-and-coming eventers in the USEF’s Emerging Athlete Program to step up and prepare themselves to represent the United States internationally in the future, strengthening the pipeline of qualified riders to create future medal-winning teams.

Under the mentorship of British Olympic Gold Medalist Leslie Law, the two emerging athletes will spend a month in Great Britain furthering their education and gaining valuable competition experience. In addition to working with Law, Martin and Shea will have the opportunity to visit Olympian Carl Hester’s yard and a steeplechase yard.

Martin will compete with Pebbly Maximus, her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. In 2015, the duo completed their first CIC3* at the Red Hills International Horse Trials, and in 2016 they went on to complete The Fork CIC3*, the Bromont CCI3* and the Richland Park Horse Trials CIC3*. They closed out the year with an impressive eighth place finish at the Fair Hill International CCI3*. In 2015, Martin competed in the Bramham International CCI3*-U25 with Quantum Solace, placing tenth during the valuable European experience.

“I was actually really surprised,” expressed Martin. “This is an awesome opportunity. It’s really great that we have the backing for Under 25 riders. To be able to go overseas and compete with the world’s best Under 25 event riders – we’re really lucky that our country does this for us. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to represent this grant and Karen Stives.”

Martin added, “I’m looking forward to being able to make the jump from junior to professional and being able to go over and compete and be on my top form. It’s definitely the next step into becoming a professional and, thanks to this grant, I think it’s a great start to my professional career.”

Mackenna Shea and Landioso

Shea is based in California with Tamra Smith, and will be competing with Landioso, a 15-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding that she has owned for 10 years. The pair completed their first CCI4* during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2016, and later went on to win the Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3*. Thanks to the Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant, Shea will have her first opportunity to compete in Europe.

“I’m honored and grateful to have been chosen to receive the Karen Stives grant,” expressed Shea. “Without Karen’s generosity to set up this fund, a trip like this truly wouldn’t be possible for my longtime partner Landioso and me. Being a part of the Emerging Athletes program has been a huge asset to my development, and now with the help of this generous grant, I will be able to take what I have learned abroad. Spending several weeks in Europe at two different venues will be unlike anything I have ever experienced before, and I hope this trip can bring me closer to my goal of one day riding on a team. I would not have even been in a position to apply for this opportunity had it not been for the team supporting me so I would like to especially thank them as well.”

Martin and Shea will travel to Great Britain in May to begin the Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour, where they will gain valuable experience as they represent the United States on the international stage.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
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Complete Guide to 2016 Olympic Games Now Offered on USET Foundation Website

Gladstone, N.J. – Aug. 4, 2016 – The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil kick off on Friday, and the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to offer a space dedicated solely to the Olympics and the U.S. Olympic equestrian team on its website www.uset.org.

Under the “Newsroom” tab, users may click on “Olympic Games” in the dropdown menu to access U.S. equestrian team member bios, press releases and updates regarding the Games, a complete schedule for Olympic equestrian events, live streaming and a blog from USEF Director of Sport Will Connell. The page provides U.S. equestrian fans with a comprehensive guide to the 2016 Olympic Games all conveniently located in one place!

The USET Foundation is a vital part of equestrian sport in the United States. For more than 65 years, equestrian athletes have represented the United States in international competition, bringing home medals that have clearly established the United States as among the world’s equestrian elite. However, dedication, hard work and dreams alone do not bring home medals. The costs of fielding international teams are enormous. Training, coaching and transporting of human and equine athletes around the world in order to compete against the sport’s best athletes is a daunting undertaking, requiring a huge commitment of time and money.

Be a part of history and show your support of the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic equestrian teams by donating to the USET Foundation during the 2016 Olympic Games! Your contributions will help our athletes bring home medals and demonstrate the excellence of American horsemanship for the entire world to see.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
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USET Foundation Hosts Welcome Party to Kick Off 2016 NAJYRC

Parker, Colo. – July 29, 2016 – The 2016 Adequan®/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), presented by Gotham North, kicked off on Wednesday at the Colorado Horse Park. On Tuesday evening, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation hosted a welcome party.

The festivities, held at Harmony Equine Center, consisted of a parade of athletes, dinner, a bounce house, a mechanical bull and a dunk tank for exhibitors to enjoy as they geared up for the weeklong competition.

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing. The competition is run under rules of the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sport. The NAJYRC is the only FEI championship held annually in North America.

The 175 athletes attending NAJYRC represent the United States, Canada and Mexico, and the future generation of equestrian sports around the world. The USET Foundation’s mission is to support the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Thus, supporting an event such as the NAJYRC is a perfect match for the USET Foundation.

“The funding we raise from individuals each year supports programs many young riders will have the opportunity to participate in,” said Sara Ike, major gifts officer of the USET Foundation. “This includes everything from developing and U25 training sessions, international competition and training grants – right up to the Olympic Games.

“This year, the Foundation will provide approximately $4 million in grants to the USEF as well as in direct grants to athletes,” continued Ike. “We are proud to have the privilege to help support this country’s developing and elite athletes, and are grateful to the wonderful individuals, just like those competing at NAJYRC, who are passionate about the sport and make the USET Foundation an important part of their charitable giving each year.”

At the welcome party on Tuesday, Ike addressed the NAJYRC athletes, saying, “As I look around the room tonight, I guarantee that the next Beezie Madden, Phillip Dutton or Laura Graves is sitting right here. You are the sport’s future, and it’s looking pretty bright. This week is truly special. Soak up the experience and enjoy it!”

For more information on NAJYRC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.youngriders.org or www.coloradohorsepark.com.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
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USET Foundation Launches Innovative New Website

Gladstone, N.J. – May 18, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its exciting new website. Featuring a dynamic interface that connects donors, athletes and fans, the new site features the latest news and information about the U.S. Equestrian Teams and the Foundation, and how to be a part of this important organization.

A non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the USET Foundation is a vital part of equestrian sport in the United States.

The USET Foundation website features all of the latest information including current information about athletes competing internationally, news updates about the Foundation and athletes, and athlete bios. The site offers ways for individuals to their support for U.S. athletes as they train and represent their country on the world stage. There is also information about the history of the Foundation including the iconic Hamilton Farm and a complete medal history.

Fans of the sport can become a part of The Team, learning more about the Foundation and the important role it plays in helping athletes achieve their dreams and bring home medals for the United States in the “About Page.” There is an easy way to donate and become a member of Foundation. Every dollar counts towards helping athletes participate in programs that allow the United States to continue as one of the top nations in all eight FEI disciplines.

“We hope the new website will be a great resource for those who love following our developing and elite athletes, as well as an easy way to show their support in helping them pursue their dreams and to stand on top of the podium,” said USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins.

Visit the new USET Foundation site at USET.org and join The Team today!

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
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USET Foundation Awards Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Jenny Caras

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude at 2015 Fair Hill. Photo By: Shannon Brinkman.

Gladstone, NJ – January 6, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2016 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to eventing rider Jenny Caras of Cartersville, Georgia.

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund. In 2015, 19-year-old Caras, with her talented mount Fernhill Fortitude, took the eventing world by storm as one of youngest riders in the country successfully competing at the CCI*** and CIC*** level.

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund was established by Pirie’s family in her memory with the purpose of helping to provide financial assistance to an eventing rider who has been identified as a rider with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future. On January 15, 2015, Robert S. Pirie, Amanda’s father, passed away. It was Mr. Pirie that made the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant possible. Amanda meant the world to Mr. Pirie, and this was his way of keeping her memory and spirit alive in the eventing community. They will always be remembered through this grant.

The recipient of the grant is a person that will benefit from the opportunity of continuing their training with top coaches and competing against the world’s best horse and rider combinations in Eventing, one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines.

“It’s a huge honor. I was not expecting it at all,” expressed Caras. “It’s really exciting, and an honor that people recognize the horses that I have and they want to give me a shot.”

As the recipient of the grant, Caras will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year. Her main target will be to travel with “Forty,” an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, to the Bramham Horse Trials in England over the summer.

“That’s my big goal for the summer,” explained Caras. “I’d really like to use this grant to open up opportunities for me to get more training that I wouldn’t have necessarily gotten without it, especially in the show jumping because that’s my weakness. I’d like to use the money to go to jumper shows and get jumper lessons to supplement everything else that I’m doing.”

After earning the Team Gold and Individual Bronze medals in 2013 at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Caras and Forty began consistently competing at the CIC*** and CCI*** level in 2015. Competing against riders with much more experience, they placed sixth at Jersey Fresh and fourth at Bromont. She also won the Markham Trophy as the highest placed young rider in the United States that had not competed at the CCI4* level during Fair Hill International.

“I started working for Phillip Dutton last December, and we moved Forty up to advanced. He handled it like a pro,” Caras said. “Cross-country goes easily for him. He jumps it if at all possible, sometimes probably when it’s not! I had a really, really good year, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Phillip Dutton and David O’Connor. Leslie Law, the under 25 coach, helped me tremendously with Forty on the flat. I’m really excited for this year and hopefully we can keep things going in the right direction.”

Beyond continuing her education with Forty, Caras hopes to be a part of the U.S. team internationally during her career. “That’s what I’ve wanted to do since before I even knew really what the sport was about,” she laughed. “I knew that I wanted to go to the Olympic Games for Eventing. It’s just something that I’ve always been working toward, and hopefully someday it will happen. It’s opportunities like this that will make it more possible for me. I’m really honored to have received this grant, and I’m really honored that people believe in me.”

Thanks to the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Caras can focus on Forty’s training and preparing him for the right competitions to further his career as Caras aims toward one day representing the United States on the international stage.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
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USET Foundation Launches U.S. Equestrian Team Registry

Gladstone, NJ – September 15, 2015 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new U.S. Equestrian Team Registry. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro now less than a year away, our United States Equestrian Team athletes need assistance to prepare for the Games. To help them get ready to demonstrate the excellence of American horsemanship for the entire world to see, you can lend a hand by gifting a Registry item today.

The United States is one of the only countries in the world that does not receive federal funding. Instead, athletes rely on the support of fans and donors nationwide to finance their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. That’s why the USET Foundation launched a brand-new campaign aimed at helping U.S. equestrian athletes.

The campaign, called the U.S. Equestrian Team Registry, invites donors to select a symbolic gift that represents a real athlete need – anything from a riding helmet to horse transportation or a sports psychology session. When a donor selects a symbolic gift, the cost of that item or service is used to support our U.S. Equestrian Teams on their quest for gold. With this campaign, the USEF and USET Foundation can help ensure that the U.S. sends the best possible group of athletes to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio – not just those who can afford to get there.

“The USET Foundation is always looking for innovative ways to get people involved and feel like part of the team,” said two-time Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward. “I think from that point of view it’s very exciting. Support is the key to future success. Without people behind you at every level, we’re not going to continue to win on the world stage, and this registry is a vital part of that support.”

By participating in the U.S. Equestrian Team Registry campaign, fans are invited to become a part of “the team behind the Team” – a generous group of donors and sponsors who are invested in the success of the United States Equestrian Teams.

Join the team today by visiting http://www.uset.org/registry to check out the large inventory of items that are needed to help athletes succeed in all eight of the FEI disciplines. All of these items can help athletes bring home a priceless Gold medal for the United States.

The first 25 donors to the U.S. Equestrian Team Registry will receive two tickets to the Rolex Central Park Horse Show for Friday, September 25 or Saturday, September 26, 2015.

By joining the cause of the USET Foundation and giving the gift of a Registry item, you will be supporting all of the effort that it takes to compete at major events such as Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games and other championship events.

“It truly takes a ‘team’ to ensure our athletes and United States Equestrian Teams have the resources they need to achieve competitive excellence at Olympic Games and World Championships. We are really excited to present the U.S Equestrian Team Registry, a new way for people to show their support and join the ‘team.’ With less than a year to go to Rio, we hope everyone will make a gift and be recognized as a member of the team behind the Team,” said Bonnie Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director.

For more information about the U.S. Equestrian Team Registry, please visit http://www.uset.org/registry or contact Michele Zanzonico at Michele@uset.org or (908) 234-1251.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

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USET Foundation
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2015 Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Grant Recipients

Gladstone, NJ – July 7, 2015 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that through the Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition the following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded grants for the Aachen CICO3*, which will take place August 12-14 in Aachen, Germany:

  • Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt’s Fernhill Cubalawn, a 2003 Holsteiner gelding
  • Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare

As part of the grant, Kieffer will also participate in the Blenheim CCI3*, taking place September 17-20 in Woodstock, Great Britain.

In 2014, Karen Stives made an incredible gift of $1 million to establish the Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing. This fund allows for grants to be awarded annually for an Eventing High Performance activity, which has a direct impact on the United States’ ability to win medals at International Championship CCI competitions.

Stives was a championship Eventing rider who was named the USCTA Rider of Year in 1981, 1987 and 1988. In 1982, she represented the United States at the Luhmuhlen World Championships, and in 1984 she anchored the U.S. Eventing Team that won the Team Gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, while also winning Individual Silver. Stives also earned the Leading Lady Rider title in 1981, the Mercedes-Benz Horsewoman of the Year in 1984, and the prestigious Wofford Cup. Following her retirement from international competition, Stives became an FEI judge and was the Chairman of the USET Three-Day Event Selectors’ Committee for many years.

With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil just over a year away, the Karen Stives Endowment Fund grants will no doubt help in the quest to bring home top honors for the United States.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
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Announcing 2016 Karen Stives European Developing Tour for Eventing

Gladstone, NJ – June 1, 2015 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) are pleased to announce the establishment of the 2016 Karen Stives European Developing Tour for Eventing.

In 2014, Karen Stives made generous gift of $1 million to the USET Foundation to establish the Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing. This fund allows for grants to be awarded annually for an Eventing High Performance activity, which will have a direct impact on the United States’ ability to win medals at International Championship CCI competitions. For 2016, the Karen Stives European Developing Tour is that program activity that will provide the international experience necessary for talented developing athletes to step up and be ready to represent this country in international championships, strengthening the pipeline of qualified riders capable of winning medals for the future.

In 2016, selected members of the USEF’s Developing Rider Program (Eventing 18 and Eventing 25) will be able to use the Karen Stives European Developing Tour to gain international experience and achieve results at European events, in an effort to develop future team riders in a team environment. The U.S. Under 25 athlete/horse combinations selected will compete at the Rockingham CIC and Bramham International CCI3*-U25 in Great Britain in 2016.

In addition to competing at Rockingham CIC and Brahman CCI3*, riders will have the opportunity to explore other areas that will help further their education and experience as an athlete while in Great Britain. Applicants will be asked to explain how they think they will benefit from the tour and what other learning experiences (apart from the competitions) they would like included during the tour and how they feel they would benefit from them.

Stives was a championship Eventing rider who was named the USCTA Rider of Year in 1981, 1987 and 1988. In 1982, she represented the United States at the Luhmuhlen World Championships, and in 1984 she anchored the U.S. Eventing Team that won the Team Gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, while also winning Individual Silver. Stives also earned the Leading Lady Rider title in 1981, the Mercedes-Benz Horsewoman of the Year in 1984, and the prestigious Wofford Cup. Following her retirement from international competition, Stives became an FEI judge and was the Chairman of the USET Three-Day Event Selectors’ Committee for many years.

“Through the generosity and true understanding of Karen in terms of knowing what it takes to win on the world stage, many more developing eventing riders will have the opportunity to compete in Europe among the world’s best, honing their skills and gaining valuable experience in the hopes that they too will have the chance to win Olympic Gold,” said Bonnie B. Jenkins, USET Foundation Executive Director.

Please contact Joanie Morris at jmorris@usef.org or 859-225-2052 with any questions regarding the Karen Stives European Developing Tour plans for 2016.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

The USET Foundation has been awarded Charity Navigators’ highest honor, a Four Star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
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USET Foundation Presents 2015 Maxine Beard Award to Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes and Luxina. By: Shannon Bower/PMG.

Wellington, FL – March 28, 2015 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that 18-year-old Michael Hughes of Allendale, NJ has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Rider Award. Hughes was presented with the Maxine Beard Award trophy at the Winter Equestrian Festival Finale on March 28, 2015 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

The selection was based on Hughes’s competitive record and potential to represent the United States in international competition. Winning his first grand prix at just 16 years old, Hughes went on to win the 2013 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East, as well as the 2014 Washington International Horse Show Equitation Championship. He claimed the 2014 Individual Young Rider Silver medal at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championship, and was most recently a member of the winning Young Riders team for the second year in a row at the CSIO Wellington Nations Cup.

“It means so much to win this,” said Hughes. “Looking at all of the past winners and where they are today is amazing, so it’s an honor to just be acknowledged for this award. I am really lucky to have the year I had and to have the horses that I am riding.”

The award provides Hughes the opportunity to be credentialed and travel with the U.S. delegation to the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 15-19. He will observe the operations of an international championship, including the stabling area, veterinary inspections and schooling, and will walk the courses with the U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe, Robert Ridland.

U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer has worked closely with Hughes over the last two years, and is thrilled to see his talent recognized with this award. “Michael Hughes is the real deal,” stated Langer. “He is incredibly effective on many types of horses, he is personable, he is serious about his work, and he’s successful in the equitation and the jumpers. I feel that he has a huge international future in front of him.”

Hughes noted, “I think it’s a going to be a lot of fun and be a great experience to be with Robert and DiAnn during World Cup Finals and get to watching an amazing competition.”

Hughes trains with his father Eamonn Hughes at their family’s Drumnacross Farm, as well as Missy Clark and John Brennan of North Run. This summer, he hopes to compete in Europe and also travel to Spruce Meadows. His goal is to one day represent the United States on a Senior Team internationally. With the talent, drive and determination to be a top-notch competitor, Hughes has proven that he will be a part of the future for show jumping in the United States.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

The USET Foundation has been awarded Charity Navigators’ highest honor, a Four Star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com
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