Qualified Riders for the Intermadiare Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack

Gladstone, NJ—June 4, 2001—Olympic medalist Guenter Seidel and Pan American medalist Leslie Webb head the list of dressage riders who have qualified to compete in the USET Intermediaire I Championship during the first weekend (June 14-17) of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack.

In addition to the USET Intermediaire I Championship, Dressage competition at the Festival will include the USET Grand Prix Championship, the Young Rider Team, and the Cosequin/AHSA Junior Dressage Team Championships.

The Festival will once again showcase the nation’s highest level of equestrian competition in five disciplines – dressage and combined driving, which are scheduled for the first weekend (June 15-17), and show jumping, endurance and reining, which are scheduled for the second weekend (June 21-24).

The following riders have qualified the USET Intermediaire I Championship by earning the highest scores in a series of qualifiers held throughout the year. The riders (listed in the order of their ranking) are:

Leslie Morse of Malibu, CA
Horse: Kingston (KWPN Stallion by Voltaire out of Gesinette/Burggraaf)
Owner:Paragon Farms
[#28989 override="Tina Konyot of Thornwood, FL" title="Tina Konyot of Thornwood, FL"]
Horse: West Side Lady (Hannoverian mare, by Westberry x Lombard),
Owner:Tim & Susan Dutta
Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, CA
Horse: Aragon (Bavarian Gelding by Sabina La)
Owner: Dick & Jane Brown
[#29015 override="Arlene Page of Wellington, FL" title="Arlene Page of Wellington, FL"]
Horse: Claire (KWPN by Cassini out of Umaica by Appleking xx)
Owner: Arlene Page
Karen Lipp of Alpharetta, GA
[#29003 override="Horse: Douwe (KWPN by Damino out of Eronette)" title="Horse: Douwe (KWPN by Damino out of Eronette)"]
Owner: Laurie Bell
Louise Labrucherie of Santa Rosa, CA
Horse: Picone (Hannoverian by Prince Orac out of Wodena)
Owner: Louise Labrucherie
[#29015 override="Betsy Steiner of Charlottesville, VA" title="Betsy Steiner of Charlottesville, VA"]
Horse: Hilltop’s Giotto (KWPN by Joost out of Wanda by Mykel)
Owner: Giotto Partnership
[#29316 override="Leslie Webb of Milford, OH" title="Leslie Webb of Milford, OH"]
Horse: Cassiano
Owner: Leslie Malone
Kathleen Raine of Laguna Hills, CA
Horse: Lord Glendale
Owner: Leigh Cochran
Yvonne Barteau of Gilbert, IL
Chimon (SWB by Amiral out of Chiribin by Cecil)
Owner: Scott Zahner, MD.
Elite European Sport Horses
Tracy Roenick of Paradise Valley, AZ
Horse: Kashmir
Owner: Tracy Roenick
Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA
Horse: Liberte
Owner: Ann Romney

Along with world-class competition in the Singles and Four-In-Hand divisions, the Festival Driving Division sponsored by the Gladstone Equestrian Association (GEA) will feature the final Selection Trial for the 2001 Pairs Driving World Championship which will be held in Riesenbeck, Germany, August 16-19. The country’s best Pairs drivers will vie for the opportunity to represent the United States in this World Championship.

The Show Jumping competition will highlight the amazing height and speed of this exciting discipline during the $100,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship. The Festival will also host the USET Junior and Amateur/Owner Show Jumping Talent Derbies both presented by BET on Jazz as well as the Merrill Lynch Futures Division.

Top endurance riders are expected to compete during the Sooner/USET Endurance 50 mile and 80 mile Championship rides which are sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference and the East Coast Trial Riders Association. This marks the first time that an 80 mile ride will be hosted by the Festival.

This year’s Reining Division will again feature the $100,000 Cosequin/USET Reining Championship presented by Bayer. Reiners have competed throughout the year in a series of qualifiers sponsored by Intervet for the opportunity to compete in this Championship competition. Additionally, the Reining Division will also include the highly popular Invitational Freestyle class and Nations Cup competition along with the addition of the Sooner/USET Futures Championship, Developing Riders classes and Young Rider Medal Final.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for children who are 6 – 12 years of age with children under 6 attending free of charge. Parking is $5.00. Also available for purchase are reserved tables in the Reining, Pine Meadow and Dressage Clubs. Reserved table costs are $2000.00 for 8 people, $1000.00 for 4 people and $500.00 for two chairs.

Every year, the Festival offers a wide variety of family entertainment for equestrian enthusiasts with various competitions in Reining, Dressage, Combined Driving, Show Jumping, and Endurance and although the Festival is geared toward equestrian competition, it is the goal of the USET to provide families the opportunity to enjoy equestrian sports along with a more traditional country fair and “Children’s Corral.” The fair includes over 70 vendors offering a large selection of crafts, clothing, jewelry, gifts and the latest in equestrian supplies for every age and interest.

If you want to see impressive equestrian competition in a beautiful country atmosphere, coupled with a weekend of family fun, then the place to venture to is Bayer/USET Festival of Champions in June.

To learn more about this spectacular event call the Festival Hotline at (908) 234-0555 or visit the USET on line at www.uset.org.

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