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World Equestrian Games Selection Trials for Dressage to be Held at Gladstone

Gladstone, New Jersey—May 13, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that the Selection Trials for dressage riders for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) will take place. The Trials will be held on June 1 and 2 and June 8 and 9 at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ. The Trials will also serve as the 2002 USET Grand Prix Championship.

The trials start at 9:00 am each day and the test ride starts at 8:30 am.

The competition on June 1 will consist of a Grand Prix to count for 30% of riders’ overall scores. On June 2 will be the Grand Prix Special to count for 25%. There will be a second Grand Prix on June 8, again to count for 30%. The final competition, held on June 9, will be the Grand Prix Freestyle, which will count for the remaining 15% of riders’ scores. All four classes combine to be the USET Grand Prix Championship and USET Dressage Selection Trial for the World Equestrian Games 2002. Each class is pinned separately.

Combined classes for Grand Prix Championship will be pinned for USET Champion and Reserve Champion. Combined classes will also be pinned for the first six selection trial placings. Up to six horse-and-rider combinations will then travel to Europe for further selection trials to determine the final team for the WEG. The final team will consist of four riders and one alternate.

The WEG will take place September 10-22 in Jerez, Spain. The WEG is held every four years. As many as 60 countries compete for team and individual medals. The first WEG was held in 1990 in Stockholm. Since then the Games have been held in The Hague (1994) and Rome (1998).

There will be no advance ticket sales, but tickets are available daily at the door for $10.00 per person.

The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to represent our country in major international competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org


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