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USET Foundation and Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows Celebrate 2008 Olympics

GLADSTONE, NJ - May 23, 2008 - The USET Foundation joined with Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows to present a celebration of the 2008 Olympic Games on May 16 in North Salem, NY. Held in The Patron Tent at the Old Salem horse show grounds, the evening event offered attendees the opportunity to meet and support Olympic equestrians. Highlighting the evening was an autograph signing with three show jumping athletes short-listed for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - Anne Kursinski, McLain Ward, and Jeffery Welles.

Despite heavy rain, more than 150 guests filled the VIP tent, including many children who lined up at the autograph table. The USET Foundation provided USET Foundation postcards featuring show jumping athletes for the autograph signing.

Decorated in a colorful stars-and-stripes theme, the tent walls were hung with USET Foundation banners, and the red-white-and-blue colors were carried through in the flowers, tablecloths, and tableware. McLain Ward's show jumping team gold medal from the Athens Olympic Games was prominently on display.

In addition to the autograph signing, guests enjoyed a DVD of show jumping athletes competing at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games provided by the USET Foundation. The Foundation also contributed a beautiful vintage USET blanket set, which included a blanket, rain sheet, and wool cooler in the traditional red, white, and blue colors and embroidered with official logos. The set had been worn in international competition.

Tony Hitchcock was the Master of Ceremonies orchestrating the festivities.

USET Foundation Assistant Director of Development Paul Long represented the Foundation at the event. "The USET Foundation thanks horse show coordinators Vandy Lipman, Sara Foster, and their staffs at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows for doing a great job at organizing the event, as well as Old Salem Farm owner Scott Hakim for his support," Long said.


The non-profit United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. For more information about the USET Foundation or to make a donation, please call (908) 234-1251 or visit the USET Foundation website at http://www.uset.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: (l-r) Jeffery Welles, Anne Kursinski, and McLain Ward signed autographs at the Old Salem Farm/USET Foundation Olympic celebration. PHOTO CREDIT: James Leslie Parker. This photo may only be used in relation to this press release.


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