Four eventing athletes have been awarded partial grants to provide financial support for their travel to CCI4*-L competitions in the fall of 2020.
The recipients of the Land Rover/USEF National Competition Grants are:
The recipient of the USET Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition & Training Grant is:
Each recipient will receive the same total amount of funding from their grants. Martin, Dutton, and Halliday-Sharp will use their grants to support travel to the Galway Downs International CCI4*-L in Temecula, California, October 28-31. Smith will use her grant to travel to the Tryon International Three-Day Event in Mill Spring, North Carolina, November 12-15.
“I believe it is truly fantastic that we have access to travel grants within the High Performance program thanks to the generosity of our team sponsor, Land Rover, and the USET Foundation,” said U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance Erik Duvander. “The impact of using these grants nationally this year has enabled us to put top combinations against each other at Tryon and Galway Downs. Our aim is giving the horses the experience of traveling to new venues to enhance the quality of the competition at the two events."
“Tryon is a world-class venue that has hosted the FEI World Equestrian Games, and Galway Downs has invested millions of dollars in improvements over the past two years to produce a venue that can host a premier event,” Duvander continued. “Leading into the Olympics, it is also valuable to have the opportunity to practice the routines of flying the horses, preparing them pre-flight, looking after them when they arrive, and then readying them to perform their best.”
The Land Rover/USEF Competition Grant recipients are selected by Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander and his Performance Advisory Team of Leslie Law, Derek di Grazia, Ian Stark, Karen O’Connor, and Bobby Costello. Athletes must be currently named to the USEF High Performance Training List to be eligible.
The USET Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition & Training Grant is awarded annually to up to three eventing athletes who have not represented the U.S. as part of an Olympics, Pan American, or World Equestrian Games team and have been identified as having the potential to represent the United States in future international competitions.
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