USET Foundation

We are gearing up for our on the scene coverage of the 2006 Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ, where the final trials take place for the selection of the American dressage team that will represent the U.S. at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, in August.

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation and Show Circuit Magazine are presenting an evening of fundraising fun in a celebration entitled Excellence in Aachen on Saturday evening, June 17. Scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm, the event will be held under the tent at The Mansion at Hamilton Farm Golf Club at USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey. The Excellence in Aachen celebration will include dinner and dancing, a fabulous silent auction, and will be highlighted by live auction action for the Klaus Balkenhol Training Package. Dinner co-chairs heading up the 65-member Benefit Committee are Mrs. Mark W.B. Harms and Mrs. Richard E. Marki.

Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will be used to benefit the U.S. Equestrian Teams at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Aachen, Germany (August 20-September 3). Proceeds from the Klaus Balkenhol Training Package will be used to benefit the U.S. Dressage Team at the WEG.

Excellence in Aachen is scheduled to coincide with the USET Foundation Dressage Festival of Champions featuring the 2006 Collecting Gaits Farm USEF National Grand Prix Championship / World Equestrian Games Selection Trials and the USEF National Intermediaire I Championship Presented by Paul Miller, Inc. The competition will be held June 15-18, 2006, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Gladstone headquarters.

Klaus Balkenhol Training Package Live Auction

Bidding at the live auction promises to be a thrilling part of the evening’s festivities. The Klaus Balkenhol Training Package includes daily training (approximately five lessons per week) with Coach Balkenhol at his world-class facility in Germany, one month’s board for one horse at the Balkenhol Farm, one month’s accommodations for the rider in Rosendahl, Germany, in the private home of David and Arlene Page, and one trans-Atlantic flight (single stall) from Europe to either New York or Los Angeles, depending on where the rider's home base is located, provided by Guido Klatte Horse-Transport. The rider with the winning bid for the Klaus Balkenhol Training Package will have the opportunity to schedule his or her month’s training during mid-October to the end of November 2006, or April/May 2007.

Klaus Balkenhol is a two-time German Olympic Team Gold Medalist and winner of the Individual Bronze Medal (Barcelona 1992) and Individual Silver Medal (Atlanta 1996). He has been the coach for the U.S. dressage team since 2001 and also serves as Technical Advisor to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) High Performance Dressage Committee. Balkenhol is the U.S. Dressage Coach through the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He also trains Long Listed U.S. riders, hosts selected USEF High Performance grant recipients for training at his facility in Germany, and serves as the U.S. coach at European CDIs and CDIOs, World Championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games. Under his guidance, the U.S. dressage team claimed the Team Silver Medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and the Team Bronze Medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Silent Auction

Generous donations to the silent auction range from topnotch tack to a fabulous French vacation! Individual auction items and packages are subject to change, so please check for current listings. Following is a listing of the current wonderful items that will be up for bid on June 17 at the Excellence in Aachen benefit:

“Perfection” Dressage Saddle: County Saddlery’s newest top of the line dressage saddle designed in collaboration with six-time Olympic rider, Robert Dover.

Dressage Bridle: designed by Klaus Balkenhol.

Dine Around Gladstone: Dinner gift certificates from Limestone Café, Gladstone ($150), Opah Grille, Gladstone ($100)

Dine Around the Neighborhood: Dinner gift certificates from The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville ($175), Black Horse Tavern, Mendham ($100), and Pierre’s, Harding Township ($90)

A Romantic Evening for Two: A jeroboam of champagne (signed by the winemaker), a visit by a masseuse to your home, and dinner at The Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster ($250 gift certificate)

Broadway! Two house seats to the Broadway show of your choice.

Mets vs. Philadelphia: Four Press Box seats for EACH game August 4-5-6 or August 25-26-27. Parking at Shea Stadium included.

International Polo Anyone? Brunch and Polo for four people for one date during the Gold Cup Series (March 18 – April 1, 2007) at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida

Skiing in Vermont! Three nights at newly renovated Piper Ridge condominium in Stratton, VT (December 7-10, 2006). Unit sleeps eight. Access to sports center with swimming pool and hot tub. Free bus to top of mountain

Jack Nicklaus limited edition Royal Bank of Scotland £5 note commemorating Jack Nicklaus playing in his final British Open at St. Andrews, signed by Jack Nicklaus

Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - Four Field Box tickets – August 23, 2006 – includes Shea Stadium parking. Seats are on Third Base side, Rows 1 & 2.

Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners – July 18, 2006 at 7:05 PM – Four seats in Championship Ringbetween home plate and Yankees dugout – includes parking at Yankee Stadium

Dinner Party for Ten – In Your Own Home! Dinner party prepared in your own home by acclaimed Chef Holly Guber and presented by two professional servers.

Wine Tasting with Expert Chris Cree! Enjoy a wine tasting party (for up to eight people) in your home with renowned wine expert, Chris Cree. Includes $500 gift certificate for wine purchase for the tastings.

2004 Athens Olympic Gold package: Official USA Olympic delegation 14K gold ring

USET Foundation Athens Olympic Games Puffa Jacket (Large), Dual time zone clock with USET logo, Breyer model of Brentina, signed by Debbie McDonald

Dress Your Horse in Style! USET horse clothing collection consisting of dress sheet, stable sheet and lined rain sheet worn by USET horses at competitions around the world.

Trump National Golf Club: Lunch and golf for three with Hal Kamine at the challenging Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

Fabulous Equestrian Vacation in France! Cross Country International offers a Loire Valley Equestrian Vacation for two (airfare not included). Ride along vineyards, visit castles and chateaux, experience the Loire Valley that most tourists miss.

Exquisite Boehm porcelain large white Peace rose: Individual pieces of Boehm porcelain sculptures are prominently featured in the permanent collections of 137 museums around the world, including such notable institutions as the White House, the Vatican, Elysee Palace, The Smithsonian and Buckingham Palace. Truly America’s finest porcelain!

Breed your Own Champion! Frozen semen from 2005 Dressage Horse of the Year, Kingston. This Dutch Warmblood stallion is 14 years old and stands 17.2. He was the Grand Prix Horse of the Year and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year in 2005. He won the Grand Prix freestyle, Hagen CDI (Germany), the Grand Prix freestyle at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI (Florida) and the Grand Prix Special, Wellington CDI (Florida).

Boehm porcelain tiger cub with golf ball – signed by Tiger Woods

One week of dressage training with Olympian Sue Blinks: Six lessons at Albert Court Stables near San Diego, California. (Horse board not included.) Sue was part of the 2002 World Equestrian Games Silver Medal winning team and also helped win Team Bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Dressage lesson with Olympian Robert Dover, three-time Olympic Bronze medal winning rider, member of six Olympic teams, at his new location in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Hamilton Farm Golf Club: Golf and lunch for three with Hal Kamine at the championship Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone.

Lesson and dinner with Olympian David O’Connor, 2000 Athens Olympic Individual Gold Medalist in eventing.

Decorate! Spend a day at the Decoration & Design Building in New York City, escorted by Fred Root and Tony Feo. Includes limo and dinner.

Salad with Style! Hand-blown decanter engraved with Team Cuisine logo, Jane Brown’s special raspberry vinaigrette and some of her unique recipes and salad suggestions. Also included is a second handsome decanter etched with the Team Cuisine logo with silver-tone stand for wine or cosmopolitans.

Equestrian Wear – beautiful 14k gold snaffle bit bracelet and sterling silver horse head belt buckle.

Sharpen that Shooting Eye! Breakfast & lunch for four and 100 clays at Griffin & Howe’s Hudson Farm near Andover, NJ.

Go to School – Shooting School, that is: Two hours of trap shooting lessons for two at Griffin & Howe’s Hudson Farm near Andover, NJ.

“Wellington Montage” – by popular Florida-based artist Meg Hilly. Gicleé on watercolor paper, approximately 24” h X 18” w. For samples of her work, mail to

Portrait of your Dog: An oil on canvas painting of your dog rendered by talented portraitist Laura Ellis. She will photograph your dog (transportation expenses not included) and deliver a fabulous piece of art. Laura will soon be represented by the prestigious Hamshere Gallery in London.

United States World Championship Dressage Selection Trials package: Saddle pad signed by all 12 Finalists. Signed photographs of all 12 finalists

On Time for your reservation with a silver tone travel clock.

Decorate at Home! Display an elegant porcelain figure of a French huntsman and staghounds in your home. Show off your flower or fruit arrangement in a stunning large contemporary crystal bowl.

Official Dressage Festival of Champions Artwork: Own the beautiful original artwork by Kristin Muir featured on Festival printed material (program, invitation, prize list, etc.)

Horse Lovers Delight! Bronze Chow horse sculpture and Hollywood Hoofbeats, signed by the author (a coffee table book by Petrine Day Mitchum)

Brighton Luggage pet carrier: Carry your friend around in a beautiful embossed black leather carrier with burgundy fabric and silver ornamentation.

Gorgeous Murano glass horses – two large sculptures, one horse cantering and one rearing. One blue tint, the other brown tint, with gold flecks in the manes and tails.

Mets vs. Florida Marlins - September 18 at 7:10 pm – four tickets, hats and t-shirts – includes Shea Stadium parking.

Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays – July 28, 2006 at 7:05 PM – four tickets, hats and t-shirts – includes parking at Yankee Stadium

Dave Matthews Band All-Day Festival at Randalls Island, NY! Four tickets. Choice of August 5 or 6. Starts at 2:00 pm

Whitefish, Montana, Resort Condo – Summer or Winter! Four-night stay at Kintla Lodge Condo (2 bedroom – 1 king, 1 queen and a fold-out couch) located in the ski village at Big Mountain Ski & Summer Resort. No restrictions – summer or winter – will need to call for availability. Check out!


Excellence in Aachen Dinner and Auction - For information and ticket reservations for the USET Foundation Excellence in Aachen benefit presented by Show Circuit Magazine on June 17, or to participate in the Klaus Balkenhol Training Package Live Auction via telephone on June 17, contact Maureen Pethick at the USET Foundation at (908) 234-1251 ext. 207, fax (908) 234-0670, E-mail

VIP Seating at Competition - To reserve VIP tables (June 15-18) at the USET Foundation Dressage Festival of Champions featuring the 2006 Collecting Gaits Farm USEF National Grand Prix Championship / World Equestrian Games Selection Trials and USEF National Intermediaire I Championship Presented by Paul Miller, Inc., contact Randi Leone at (908) 252-9580 or E-mail

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