Lexington, KY - In Land Rover's continued quest for excellence, the USEF has awarded Land Rover High Performance Grants to eight horse/rider combinations in their preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Land Rover High Performance Eventing grants will help offset the expenses related to competing in Europe this fall. Building on last year's support of the Land Rover U.S Eventing Team, USEF and Land Rover have created a new initiative: the Land Rover Competition and Training Grant Program for Eventing Riders.
The following horse/rider combinations will receive $15,000 grants:
- William Coleman III and James Wildasin's Twizzel
- Phillip Dutton and Bruce Duchossois' Mighty Nice
- Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing's Andromaque
- Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing's Pawlow
- Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos Syndicate's Neville Bardos
- Boyd Martin and Henley House Stables' Remington XXV
- Clark Montgomery and Jessica Montgomery, Kathleen Kraft and Holly Becker's Loughan Glen
- Michael Pollard and Nathalie Pollard and Mieke Hanssens' Icarus
In addition to the base grants listed above, there are performance incentive grants available as well to all US riders: $10,000 for a top 10% finish, $5,000 for a top 20% finish.
"I'm very excited to have received one of this year's Land Rover grants," said Clark Montgomery, who recently won an Advanced division at the Millbrook Horse Trials. "The funding will be used toward competing Loughan Glen at the Blenheim Palace CCI3* in England this fall. It is an exciting opportunity to further the career of an exceptional young horse and I am thankful for the support."
"We are excited that our support of the USEF and the Land Rover Grant Program will help this group of competitors develop their skill and experience at the International level," said Kim McCullough, Brand VP Marketing, Land Rover North America. "Land Rover has a rich heritage in the sport of Eventing in the UK and our support of the U.S. team riders will continue that tradition and expand upon our brand association in the United States and on a global level."
About Land Rover
Since 1948, Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability'across the model range. Defender, LR2 (Freelander 2), LR4 (Discovery 4), Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world's 4x4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries. Land Rover employs 8,500 people and supports a further 40,000 jobs supported in the supply chain.
Land Rover takes its responsibility to the environment seriously. Emissions have been cut with all new models and, together with Jaguar, Land Rover is investing £800m on technology specifically aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Since September 2006, carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and UK customer vehicle use has been balanced through an industry leading offset program run by Climate Care™.
Land Rover has been the official vehichle of the USEF since 2010.
Photo: Clark Montgomery Wins at Bromont-Cealy Tetley