The support that Ms. Mars has provided for Eventing as an owner and patron is legendary. Who can forget the brilliant performances of the many international horses she has owned and made available to so many teams: Winter’s Tale, The Native, Prince Panache, Giltedge, Regal Scot, Shannon all the way up to the newest young horse to hit the limelight in recent years, the homebred Harbor Pilot, son of Shannon. There are few programs in Eventing that have not felt the quiet support of Jacquie. Her belief that the sport must pay great attention to where the next generation of Team riders and horses is coming from has been a hallmark of her commitment for decades.
Many of today’s successful riders were given the opportunity to ride in Young Riders Training Sessions with top coaches at the Gladstone headquarters of the USET back in the 1990s thanks to her efforts. Today her support for Young Riders and Young and Future Event Horses continues. She has guided the careers of many of our top international riders while at the same time bolstering the young talent and making sure they are given every opportunity to step up and take their place on the international scene. What truly makes Jacquie so valuable to our sport is the knowledge and understanding of horses that she brings to her work on the committees and task forces on which she serves so willingly. Jacquie’s lifelong contribution to the equine world, and specifically the Eventing world, is incalculable and without her the USEA would not be the successful educational organization it is today.