On The Road to Normandy – The Year to Prepare
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Posted by Betsy LaBelle for DressageDaily
Robert Dover said, "We were thrilled with the outcome of the USET Foundation Benefit for Dressage High Performance Athletes preparing for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, a few weeks ago. We raised over $160,000, thanks to our fantastic sponsors and platinum level table donors, Equestrian Sport Production, Kim and Frederic Boyer, David and Tuny Page and Fritz Kundrun who totally underwrote the event; as well as to everyone who came out and supported the event through their attendance and lively auction bidding!
The USET Foundation contributes approximately $2.5 million dollars each year to the USEF's High Performance programs, and this benefit supplemented this already generous support. The additional funds raised, restricted for dressage, made it possible to increase the amount of funding each of the 10 horse/rider combinations received for their European competition and training this year.
Our greatest avenue for support is the USET Foundation. It is through the generosity of individuals who make the USET Foundation part of their charitable giving each year, and are willing to make major gift commitments over a multi-year period, that we will be able to put together a comprehensive high performance program including providing meaningful grants to our riders that will help prepare our “team” for success at international championships. Every dollar helps and sending any donation to the USET Foundation ensures our Teams of a stronger future in this very expensive sport.
My goal is to help in every way possible to produce more funding for every division within our Dressage discipline, from the Juniors through the Young Riders and Horses, to the Developing and Elite International divisions. Success requires as much or even greater funding than our greatest competitor nations in our sport. Therefore, this must be among one our most important goals. Americans are winners at heart and I know that they rarely fail to meet any challenge put in front of them."
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Please consider teaming up on the journey to Normandy with these athletes. As the athletes and horses begin to compete in Europe, they all deserve an added cheer for all their planning and hard work. We are proud of the momentum that has been started and look forward as a nation to pursue everything we can for our sport: Dressage.
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