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USET Foundation to Host Joe Fargis Show Jumping Clinic in Gladstone

Gladstone, NJ - March 27, 2009 - The USET Foundation is pleased to announce that the special opportunity to train with Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis is still available. The Gold Medal Olympic Show Jumping Clinic with Fargis will be held at the historic training facility at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, NJ. The clinic will benefit the USET Foundation in their pursuit of funding the High Performance equestrian teams.

The clinic will take place on May 23-24. It will have a maximum of 24 participants, with three sections of eight participants each. The clinic will include flatwork, gymnastics, and jumping in the historic competition ring at Gladstone. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic will take place in Nautical Hall, the adjacent indoor arena.

Those who wish to participate as riders in the clinic will receive two hours of clinic instruction each day for two days, as well as breakfast and lunch daily, one complimentary auditing seat, stabling at Hamilton Farm, and initial bedding.

The space for auditors is unlimited. Auditors will have the opportunity to observe all clinic sessions and will receive breakfast and lunch daily.

Joe Fargis is one of the most successful riders ever to represent the United States Equestrian Team in international competition. During the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, Fargis and his great mare, Touch of Class, won the show jumping Individual Gold Medal and the Team Gold Medal. He became only the second U.S. athlete to ever win an Individual Gold Medal in show jumping. He was also a member of the Team Silver Medal show jumping squad during the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Fargis has won countless Grand Prix classes throughout his illustrious career and is lauded as one of the best practical clinicians in the country.

Fargis was a member of the USET training camps and lived at Hamilton Farm from 1969 to 1971 during the winter. There, he worked with then Chef d'Equipe Bertalan deNemethy. Fargis is looking forward to returning to Gladstone to teach riders and pass on the valuable lessons that he learned during his time there. "I'm flattered that they asked me to teach a clinic there," he said. "I hope the students will leave believing in something that I taught them."

Fargis wants to emphasize to students that "the horse comes first." He said, "It's good horsemanship. The horse is a very valuable partner to us, and we need to appreciate them. We should be as kind and nice to them as they are to us."

USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie B. Jenkins said, "This clinic with Joe Fargis is a special event fundraiser that benefits the Foundation, but it also gives the participants a chance to receive excellent instruction from an Olympic gold medal rider here at the historic Gladstone facility. This is also a great opportunity for eventers who may wish to get great show jumping instruction."

Generous sponsors have signed on to make the clinic series a success, The New Gladstone Market, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, and FarmVet are supporting the clinics.

For further information please contact the USET Foundation at 908-234-1251.

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: Joe Fargis and Touch of Class were team and individual gold medalists at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Photo Tish Quirk. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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