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56/ FEBRUARY 2020 THE RIDER


USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million to Publicly Launch “Raising the Bar” Campaign


donors, it was announced on Friday night that that goal is now less than $9 million away.


Since 2017,


the USET Foundation one step closer to the non- profit’s $40 million “Rais- ing the Bar” campaign goal, and, thanks to the generous support of


committed the


USET Foundation President James McNerney gave Fri- day evening’s opening remarks. Photo by Jump Media


guests in attendance, the gala event, featuring chairs Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa and hosted by hon- orary chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs, raised more than $1.5 million to support U.S. equestrian athletes and the U.S. Equestrian Teams headed to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Para- lympic Games. Those funds help put


Wellington, FL – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation publicly launched its $40 million “Raising the Bar” campaign on Friday, Janu- ary 17, at the organization’s Take Me To Tokyo gala at Deeridge Farm in Welling- ton, FL. With more than 500


Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen brought the crowd to their feet with their surprise performance. Photo by Jump Media


paign donor is critical to the campaign’s success. In- cluded among the lead donors, whose gifts have and will continue to make a lasting impact, are: • Abigail Wexner who funded the Wexner Olympic Endowment • Fritz and Claudine Kun- drun who funded the Devel- opment Dressage Program • Jane Forbes Clark for the establishment of the Clark Endowment Fund • Jacqueline B. Mars for the establishment of the Gilt- edge Endowment • Paul and Wendy Raether for the Raether Show Jump- ing Endowment


veloping teams and our emerging level athletes – the [USEF] Talent Search, for example, and the North American Youth Champi- onships,” continued McNer- ney. “As you can imagine, this is an ambitious agenda, and it requires hard work and significant funding. It takes a committed commu- nity to keep us at the top of the sport and ensure we have a pipeline of talent to stay there.” Each and every cam-


coaches, veterinarians. “We also support de-


not-for-profit entity that funds our teams in all inter- national disciplines – the en- gine that enables our teams to represent us around the world,” said USET Founda- tion President James McN- erney in Friday evening’s opening remarks. “The funds support our High Per- formance programs, includ- ing our senior teams – for their


travel, logistics,


“Raising the Bar” campaign has privately raised more than $31 million that will allow the USET Foundation to ensure that U.S. eques- trian athletes and teams have the financial resources needed to be competitive around the world. “The USET is the


event and the “Raising the Bar” campaign’s public kick-off, the USET Founda- tion looks to others to help reach the final fundraising goal.


coaching, travel, and educa- tional needs of America’s elite and developing interna- tional, high performance horses and athletes in part- nership with the United States Equestrian Federa- tion. To learn more and to support the Raising the Bar campaign, please visit www.uset.org.


tion is a non-profit organiza- tion that supports the competition,


training,


we will need everyone’s help to reach our $40 mil- lion goal this year,” said McNerney. “We have a big year ahead with the [FEI] World Cup Finals in [the United States], and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The money raised through this campaign will help fund de- velopment through senior programs, not only this year, but also into the next quad- rennial.” The USET Founda-


“In this public phase,


Scialfa were also among those instrumental in mak- ing a lasting impact in the success of the Take Me To Tokyo gala, thanks to their live auction donations of a Springsteen-signed Harley Davidson motorcycle and a signed FENDER guitar. Springsteen took the stage to help auction off the items, and, with Springsteen incit- ing higher bids by offering to start singing if the value reached a certain point, the two items raised more than $300,000 – enough for Springsteen to take over the stage and bring the full- house crowd to its feet and onto the dance floor. Now, following the


Springsteen and


Honorary Chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs hosted the Take Me To Tokyo gala at their Deeridge Farm in Wellington, FL. Photo by Jump Media


Photo by Jump Media Fieldstone Show Park Welcomes Top Officials For 2020 Spring Festival


Halifax, MA – January 20, 2020 –Fieldstone Show Park is thrilled to welcome an impressive lineup of top officials for the 2020 Spring Festival show series. Jumper judges for the


two-week Spring Festival include Jay Mullen and Jackie Gazzara. Hunter judges for week one in- cludes Brian Lenehan, Tony Sgarlata, Andrea Wells, and Meg Black. Hunter judges for week two include Gary Duffy, David Wilbur, and Ken Whelihan. Robert Crawford will be on hand both weeks as a USEF Steward working with She- lia Murphy during week one and Andi Hengen for week two.


Fieldstone Show Park


is hosting an extended show schedule this summer, in- cluding six weeks of compe- tition, featuring three FEI CSI 2* shows on their grounds in Halifax. The


horseman. Inducted into


the Show


Hunter Hall of Fame in 2014, Brian is an “R” rated judge. He has judged many top hunter and equi- tation riders


shows such as Har- risburg, Upperville, Lake Placid, WEF, Traders Point, HITS Ocala, HITS on the Hudson, Kentucky, Vermont and many more. Gary Duffy of


Fieldstone Show Park’s Spring Festival will take course over a two-week pe- riod. The first week of the Spring Festival will run from May 6-10, with the second week of the Festival running May 13-17. Brian Lenehan of


Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is a well-known and respected


Palm Beach, Florida comes to the Field-


stone Horse Show Spring Festival from his farm, Lit- tle Brook Farms. Gary is an “R” rated USEF judge and well-respected horseman in both the hunters and equi- tation. The Del Mar Interna- tional and Hampton Classic are just two examples of the many top shows where he has judged.


David Wilbur owns at


and operates Wilbur Show Stables in Ocala, Florida with his wife Maari. David and Maari opened the farm in 2005 after successful years working under other well-known industry profes- sionals. With experience in the Mini Prix, Grand Prix, Hunter Derby, and many other show rings, David will bring his well-rounded knowledge to the Fieldstone Show grounds! David is an “R” rated USEF judge. Ken Whelihan of


Otis, MA is the resident trainer of Berkshire Eques- trian Center. Ken is a recog- nized “R” rated USEF judge commended for his endless knowledge and profession- alism. Ken has been a famil- iar face in the hunter and equitation arenas for over 20 years. Additionally, Ken has coached riders through Mar- shall and Sterling, New England, and Connecticut


The 2020 Field-


finals, also producing a USEF Horse of the Year and multiple Grand Prix win- ning horses. Course designers for


week one will be Danny Foster doing the jumpers and Tom Hern doing the hunters. Week Two will have Patrick Muskus doing the jumpers with Tom Hern again taking care of the hunters.


stone Show Park Se- ries includes: • Fieldstone Spring Festival – May 6-10 and May 13-17; • Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper – June 17-21 and June 24-28; • Fieldstone Summer Showcase – August 12-16 and August 18-22 with the Mas- sachusetts Hunter Jumper (MHJ) Fi- nals wrapping up the


series on August 23.


About Fieldstone Show Park


Fieldstone Show Park


is the premier equestrian show facility in the North- east. The magnificent venue has beautifully manicured grounds, five all-weather GGT hybrid/felt competi- tion arenas, an all-grass Grand Prix Field with natu-


ral features, new VIP and spectator areas, as well as new ring layout and vendor areas.


Fieldstone welcomes


everyone to enjoy the ex- citement. The events are fun for the whole family, with a dog puissance and agility showcase and a weekly BBQ blowout. Located at 21 Plymouth Street, Rte. 106 in Halifax, MA, Field- stone is conveniently lo- cated just 28 miles south of Boston, 9 miles from his- toric downtown Plymouth, MA, and 25 miles from Cape Cod. There is on-site parking throughout week.


the Further information


about Fieldstone Show Park and its 2020 Show Series is available


online


www.fieldstoneshowpark.c om.


at


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