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USET Foundation Hosts Successful Fundraiser at HITS Desert Circuit

Thermal, CA - February 24, 2009 - The USET Foundation, along with the U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George H. Morris, hosted a wine and dinner party on Friday, February 20, at the VIP area of the covered arena on the HITS Desert Circuit horse show grounds. More than 175 guests made the party a successful fundraiser for the U.S. Show Jumping High Performance Program.

The party was held during the Six Bar Open Jumper class and the Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic in the covered arena. It featured a live auction on exclusive USET memorabilia as well as an exciting Calcutta for Saturday night's World Cup Grand Prix.

The live auction saw lively bidding on USET items such as an historic USET trunk used by U.S. Equestrian Teams in their travels around the world in the 1960s and 70s. The trunk went to Josie Cassens, a 10-year-old rider and George Morris's biggest fan. A USET Blanket Set went to Archie Cox, while Roxanne Tallman won a Beijing Olympic Games poster signed by the Gold Medal winning Show Jumping team, Gina Miles, and Steffen Peters. Will Simpson, a member of last year's gold medal team, was on hand to encourage guests in their bidding.

Robin and Gerry Parsky were the big winners in the Calcutta competition when their chosen horses in the World Cup Grand Prix finished first and third. Anita Beaubien took home the second place share of the pool.

The party raised over $30,000 for the U.S. High Performance Show Jumping Program. USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie B. Jenkins said, "We are most grateful to the entire HITS staff, particularly Tony Hitchcock, John Eickman and Chris Pace, who were welcoming and worked hard to ensure the event's success."

The wine for the evening was generously donated by Bridlewood Vineyards, and Signe Ostby and Scott Cook.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (http://www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at http://www.uset.org.

Photo Credit: U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George H. Morris with auction winner Josie Cassens and 2008 Olympic team gold medalist Will Simpson. Photo 2009 Kathy Hobstetter. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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