USET Foun­da­tion Hon­ors Three

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The U.S. Eques­trian Team Foun­da­tion saluted the ef­forts of riders McLain Ward and Jen­nifer Gates as well as trustee Jane Forbes Clark dur­ing a Jan­uary fund-rais­ing gala in Welling­ton, Florida. Some 500 guests at­tended “Tri­umph in Tryon,” a ben­e­fit for the 2018 FEI World Eques­trian Games™ that raised more than a half mil­lion dol­lars for the foun­da­tion and the USET horses and riders pre­par­ing to com­pete at the elite multi-dis­ci­pline event that will be held in Septem­ber in North Carolina. USET Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent and CEO Jim McNer­ney and his wife, Haity, co-chaired the gala, which in­cluded the pre­sen­ta­tion of three pres­ti­gious awards:

The Whit­ney Stone Cup was given to Olympic gold medal­ist McLain Ward. It is pre­sented an­nu­ally 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 and ex­em­pli­fy­ing the team’s high­est ideals and tra­di­tions.

Over the course of his ca­reer, Ward has earned a to­tal of eight Olympic, World Eques­trian Games and Pan Amer­i­can Games medals—a record num­ber—and four of them are gold. In 2017 he won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jump­ing Fi­nal and con- trib­uted to mul­ti­ple podium fin­ishes by the U.S. team at in­ter­na­tional events in Florida, Ger­many and Spain. Ward has been in the top three on the Longines Rank­ings list ev­ery month since last April when he was No. 1 in the world.

The Lionel Guer­rand-Her­mès Tro­phy was awarded to 21-year-old Jen­nifer Gates. It is pre­sented each year to a young rider in one of the Olympic dis­ci­plines who ex­em­pli­fies both sports­man­ship and horse­man­ship. Gates, a full-time stu­dent at Stan­ford Univer­sity who is study­ing bi­ol­ogy, had an out­stand­ing year as a rider in 2017. She rep­re­sented the U.S. and com­peted on her first Na­tions Cup team in Slo­vakia, won the $25,000 U.S. Open Hol­low Creek Farm Un­der 25 Grand Prix at the Rolex Cen­tral Park Horse Show in New York and claimed the Un­der 25 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. She also fin­ished fourth in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jump­ing Lex­ing­ton CSI****-W at the Na­tional Horse Show in Ken­tucky.

“It is a huge honor to join the many in­cred­i­bly tal­ented riders who have re­ceived this award be­fore me,” Gates said. “The Lionel Guer­rand-Her­mès Tro­phy’s val­ues of sports­man­ship and horse­man­ship are ones that I try to em­body ev­ery day with my rid­ing.”

The R. Bruce Du­chos­sois Dis­tin­guished Trustee Award was pre­sented to Jane Forbes Clark. Es­tab­lished in

honor of horse­man, com­peti­tor and owner Bruce Du­chos­sois, who died in 2014, the award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to a USET Foun­da­tion trustee who has shown ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship and qual­ity of char­ac­ter and has contributed to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion of sup­port­ing ath­letes, pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­cel­lence and build­ing for the fu­ture.

“Jane has ex­em­pli­fied lead­er­ship, phi­lan­thropy and gen­eros­ity to this coun­try’s high per­for­mance pro­grams and United States eques­trian teams for al­most four decades,” McNer­ney said.

Clark has been an ac­tive sup­porter of mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines and has sought to help the U.S. achieve great­ness in eques­trian sports world­wide. She served as the pres­i­dent and CEO of the USET Foun­da­tion for many years be­fore re­tir­ing in 2012.

“I am thrilled to be given this award by the USET Foun­da­tion,” Clark said. “Bruce set the high­est ex­am­ple of what it truly means to be a trustee with his in­tegrity, his thought­ful­ness, his com­pas­sion and his sense of hu­mor.”

From left: Betsy Ju­liano, Jim McNer­ney, McLain Ward, Brown­lee O. Cur­rey, Jr., Philip Richter and Wil­liam Weeks

Jen­nifer Gates (sec­ond from left) ac­cepts the Lionel Guer­rand-Her­mès Tro­phy.

Jane Forbes Clark

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