USET Foundation Honors Three
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