USET Foundation Names Kimberly Boyer, Bill Brewer, and Bill Weeks to Board of Trustees
GLADSTONE, NJ - February 5, 2009 - The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has announced that Kimberly Boyer, Bill Brewer, and Bill Weeks have been named to the organization's Board of Trustees. The announcement was made at the annual USET Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, held on January 31, 2009, in Wellington, Florida.
Hampton Green Farm
Kim Boyer, a dressage rider and breeder of Pure Spanish Horses, owns and operates Hampton Green Farm (HGF) in Wellington, Florida, and Fruitport, Michigan. HGF is dedicated to the development of the Pure Spanish Horse (PRE - Pura Raza Espanola) for dressage in America. Kim, a mother of four boys, started her involvement with horses when her oldest son, Michael Molinara, became an avid polo player as a youngster. She purchased family horses in Michigan and boarded them, and then in 1997 built her own barn. By 1998, Kim was focused on dressage and made trips to Florida, Germany, Holland, and Spain to buy horses. In 1999, Kim purchased a polo facility in Wellington, renovated it, and in 2000 established HGF there. By 2002, Kim was exclusively importing Spanish horses and promoting the Spanish horse as a dressage horse in America. Her 200-acre Michigan facility is home for her breeding stock and the Wellington facility showcases her stallions during the winter show season. All her stallions and broodmares have been imported from Spain and are descendants of national champions. HGF foals have earned many significant awards and achievements. Kim sponsors topnotch riders and her horses compete in national and international FEI arenas, winning titles at prestigious shows. Kim served on the Advisory Board for the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. In 2005, she addressed the World Congress of Breeders of the P.R.E. in Seville, Spain. Currently, Kim is President of the United States P.R.E. Association, serves on its Board of Directors, and is a member of its Management Committee. She holds a PhD in Philosophy in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Kim is married to Frédéric Boyer and they divide their time between Fruitport and Wellington.
"For a dressage enthusiast, it's a very exciting time to be asked to serve on the USET Foundation Board," Mrs. Boyer said. "Both nationally and internationally the dressage world is changing dramatically. Especially for Americans, the sport of dressage is taking on a new face - and it's a very unique American one. There is significant desire on the part of top riders to have more access to our coaching staff, more training for young riders, and more high performance programs, so it's a great time to get involved with the USET Foundation to promote those programs and raise funds for those programs."
Executive Vice President, American Quarter Horse Association
Bill Brewer has been with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) for 37 years. He was named Executive Vice President in 1992. Bill joined The American Quarter Horse Journal in 1971 as an Advertising Sales Representative. He was promoted to Senior Director of Administration in 1978, and from 1979 to 1991, also served as General Manager of the AQHA World Championship Show and American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show. Currently, as Executive Vice President, Bill works with the Executive Committee and nine department heads to plan and coordinate business of the world's largest equine breed registry and membership organization, which encompasses 300 employees, 350,000 members, and 4.9 million registered American Quarter Horses. Bill also oversees the American Quarter Horse Foundation, which operates the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. Bill is past chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based American Horse Council's Horse Show Advisory Committee and currently serves on AHC's Government Affairs Advisory Council.
A native of Mountain Park, Oklahoma, Bill's involvement with horses and the livestock industry began in the third grade. He was a member of the Kiowa County 4-H Club, and was a regular rodeo competitor throughout high school. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science in 1967. Bill and his wife, Sue, have one son, Shane, who resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Shanna, and the Brewer's two grandchildren, Grady and Holland-Rae. Bill enjoys riding his American Quarter Horse Larks Smooth Move, attending horse events, and playing golf.
"I am extremely pleased with the tremendous growth of reining since first being recognized as an FEI discipline," said Mr. Brewer. "I am honored to work with the USET Foundation to help raise funds for the USEF high performance programs, and particularly reining."
General Partner, L & S Cranberry
Bill Weeks of Southport, Connecticut, has been a supporter of equestrian sport for many years, thanks to the involvement of his wife, Olivia Fry Weeks, and their daughters Alexa, Whitney, and Olivia. Weeks was asked to be on the USET Foundation Advisory Board a year ago, and he is "flattered" to join the Board of Trustees. Weeks has been the general partner at L & S Cranberry, a farm in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, for nearly 10 years. The company is the main supplier of Ocean Spray and is also in the co-op of growers for Ocean Spray.
The Weeks daughters trained at Fairfield County Hunt Club with Emerson Burr, and the family eventually went on to train with and support up-and-coming grand prix rider Kent Farrington. The Weeks family owns Madison, the Dutch-bred mare that had a very successful career as a grand prix mount for Farrington, and is now winning in the jumper divisions with Alexa.
Weeks supports the USET Foundation and was thrilled with the team's success at the 2008 Olympic Games. "I couldn't have been prouder of how our team rode last year," he said. "It's wonderful to see someone win a grand prix on Sunday, but when they actually have to put in a perfect round and they do, it doesn't get any better than that. I was extremely proud of how our team did and how they represented us."
Weeks said that his progression of involvement in the sport has been natural, and he looks forward to helping the Board of Trustees in the next fundraising endeavor. He remarked, "The board has a huge challenge to raise money for the next four years with our economy the way it is. We're very aware of how difficult it's going to be, but you still have to try. There are always some angels that seem to come to the front when you need them the most. It is a four-year period that you're raising funds for though. You hope the economy turns around and that people are in a position to give to the Team. I don't think it's a question of whether people will give. I think it's a question of how much they'll be able to give."
PHOTO: Kimberly Boyer by Jennifer Wood/PMG. These photos may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
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