USET Foun­da­tion Hon­ors Three

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For their con­tri­bu­tions to equestrian sport, three in­di­vid­u­als were hon­ored by the USET Foun­da­tion dur­ing its Gold Medal Club Re­cep­tion, Jan. 20 in Welling­ton, Florida.

Olympian Laura Graves re­ceived the Whit­ney Stone Cup, an award pre­sented to an ac­tive com­peti­tor who dis­plays con­sis­tent ex­cel­lence in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and high stan­dards of sports­man­like con­duct while serv­ing as an am­bas­sador for the United States and equestrian sport. At the Rio Olympics last sum­mer, Graves was a mem­ber of the bronzemedal-win­ning U.S. Dres­sage Team. She and her mount Ver­dades placed fourth in­di­vid­u­ally.

Twenty-year-old Chloe Reid re­ceived the Lionel Guer­rand-Her­mès Trophy for ex­em­pli­fy­ing sports­man­ship and horse­man­ship in the Olympic dis­ci­pline of jump­ing. Among her many suc­cesses in 2016, she rep­re­sented the United States on the Na­tions Cup team that com­peted in Samorin, Slo­vakia, placed third in a CSI*** grand prix and fin­ished in the top 10 at a CSI***** grand prix in Welling­ton. Reid spends the sum­mer train­ing and show­ing in Ger­many with Markus and Mered­ith Beer­baum. In the spring, she com­petes at the Win­ter Equestrian Fes­ti­val in Florida while at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Miami.

Long­time equestrian-sport sup­porter Jacqueline B. Mars was the re­cip­i­ent of the R. Bruce Du­chos­sois Dis­tin­guished Trustee Award, which pays trib­ute to the qual­i­ties of the man for which it is named: lead­er­ship, gen­eros­ity and char­ac­ter. Mars is a USET Foun­da­tion Hon­orary Life Trustee. Through­out her more than four

decades of ser­vice to the equestrian-sport com­mu­nity she has served as a mem­ber and vice pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive and in­vest­ment com­mit­tees and co-chaired the Cam­paign for Con­tin­u­ing Our Com­pet­i­tive Ex­cel­lence, which raised $36.5 mil­lion for the United States’ high-per­for­mance pro­grams. She is also the bene­fac­tor of the USET Foun­da­tion’s Jacqueline B. Mars Com­pe­ti­tion and Train­ing Grant, which helps off­set the costs of com­pet­ing and train­ing and is awarded to an even­ter who has demon­strated po­ten­tial to rep­re­sent the United States in fu­ture in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Jacqueline B. Mars ac­cepted the R. Bruce Du­chos­sois Distin­guished Trustee Award from Tucker John­son (left) and Brown­lee O. Cur­rey, Jr.

Chloe Reid and Co­darco

Laura Graves and Ver­dades

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