GLADSTONE, N.J. — The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has launched of a transformative new initiative, the Pathway to the Podium Participation Challenge.

"During the Pathway to the Podium Participation Challenge, we invite you to get to know the USET Foundation and the countless ways that we support equestrians across the country," said Bonnie Jenkins, USET Foundation executive director. "For some, this is our first opportunity to show how we help make representing America possible. For many others, this challenge serves as a fond reminder of the USET Foundation's great history of support and a rally for success. We thank you and our teams thank you."

The USET Foundation is the philanthropic partner of US Equestrian (USEF) and works to make the dreams of competing on a U.S. team possible. Join the Foundation in supporting America's equestrian athletes of today and tomorrow. By participating in the challenge, donors open the pathway to the podium for U.S. athletes, from developing to elite squads, comprised of young and old as well as male and female athletes across the nation in the eight FEI disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, para-dressage, reining, show jumping and vaulting

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For decades, equestrian athletes have represented the United States in international competition, bringing home medals that have clearly established the U.S. as among the world's equestrian elite. Unlike other countries, U.S. equestrian teams do not receive any government subsidies. Instead, the USET Foundation provides the main source of funding, made possible through individuals whose interest in and commitment to equestrian sport motivates them to make generous charitable contributions. Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded more than $42 million in grants to support the USEF's high performance programs and athletes along the pathway.

As the United States equestrian team athletes and horses prepare for an intense season of competition with the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2019 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North, quickly approaching, the USET Foundation wants athletes and teams to know that we are with them all the way.

The goal of the Pathway to the Podium Participation Challenge is simple: from now through Aug. 11, the more people who participate by making a gift, of any amount, the closer the foundation gets to unlocking $100,000 of additional support.

Every equestrian athlete starts somewhere and every person's support counts toward the U.S. equestrian teams' international success.

Be a part of history and show support for Team USA during these pivotal weeks and beyond! Participate in the Pathway to the Podium Participation Challenge at www.USET.org and spread the word on social media. Current supporters of the Foundation can participate in the challenge and move the USET Foundation one donor closer by giving again now.

The USET Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international and high performance horses and athletes in partnership with US Equestrian (USEF).

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.

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