Bayer-USET Festival of Champions expands to include two weekends

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has expanded the schedule of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions which will be presented this year by State ...The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has expanded the schedule of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions which will be presented this year by State ...

Story originally posted by: Marty BaumanHorseCity.com Free-Lance Writer

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has expanded the schedule of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions which will be presented this year by State Line Tack, to now take place over two weekends, June 15-17 and June 22-24, 2001.

This year marks the 11th year of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions and it will once again showcase the nation’s highest level of equestrian competition in five disciplines – dressage and combined driving, which are scheduled for the first weekend (June 15-17), and show jumping, endurance and reining, which are scheduled for the second weekend (June 22-24).

Mr. Robert C. Standish, USET Executive Director commented on the Festival’s new schedule, "It became apparent to the USET that as the Festival has grown in popularity, with both competitors and spectators alike, that it has become necessary to add another weekend to the schedule to better serve everyone."

Along with world-class competition in the Singles and Four-In-Hand divisions, the Festival will feature the final Selection Trial for the 2001 Pairs Driving World Championship which will be held in Riesenbeck, Germany, August 16-19. The country’s best Pair drivers will vie for the opportunity to represent the United States in this World Championship.

In addition to the selection trials for international competition, the Festival boasts the nation’s elite riders, drivers and horses competing for USET Championship titles. Spectators will witness the amazing height and speed of equestrian show jumping during the $100,000 Rolex/US Show Jumping Championship, presented by the AHSA and USET. The Festival will also host the USET Junior and Amateur/Owner Show Jumping Talent Derbies both presented by BET on Jazz.

Dressage competition will include the Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Championships, the Young Rider Team, Individual and Prix St. George Freestyle classes. In 2001, the USET will host the Junior Dressage Team Championships.

Top endurance riders are expected to compete during the USET Endurance 50 mile and 80 mile Championship rides which are sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference and the East Coast Trial Riders Association.

This year’s Reining Division will again include the $100,000 Cosequin/USET Reining Championship presented by Bayer, and Nations Cup Competition as well as the addition of a Futures Championship class and Young Rider Medal Final.

Every year, the Festival offers a wide variety of family entertainment for equestrian enthusiasts with various competitions in Reining, Dressage, Combined Driving, Show Jumping, and Endurance and although the weekends are geared toward equestrian competition, it is the goal of the USET to provide a weekend for families to enjoy equestrian sports along with a more traditional country fair and "Children’s Corral." The fair includes over 70 vendors offering a large selection of crafts, clothing, jewelry, gifts and the latest in equestrian supplies for every age and interest.

If you want to see impressive equestrian competition in a beautiful country atmosphere, coupled with a weekend of family fun, then the place to venture to is Bayer/USET Festival of Champions in June. To learn more about this spectacular event call the Festival Hotline at (908) 234-0555 or visit the USET on line at www.uset.org.