Congratulations to Samantha Bledsoe '16 for her achievement in the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Equestrian Athlete Lettering program.
This program was developed to provide recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and encourage their future involvement in equestrian sport. USEF recognizes the dedication of equestrians preparing for competition through practice and training sessions as similar to other students in athletic programs and developed this program to honor individual achievements with a varsity letter in the student's chosen sport, regardless of the availability of an equestrian team or club through their school.
Participants in the program must be students in grades 5-12 who document at least 100 hours of training and provide verification of participation in three equestrian competitions during the year. After completing these requirements and verification, the student will receive a certificate commemorating their achievements, a USEF Equestrian Athlete Lettering varsity letterman patch and lapel pin for each year of participation.
USEF is the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sports in the United States, sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee pursuant to the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. As such, USEF acts as the regulatory body for the International and Olympic disciplines as well as for 26 breeds and disciplines. The USEF is further responsible for sanctioning approximately 2,600 equestrian competitions annually; and educating and licensing judges, technical delegates, and stewards who officiate at such competitions. The USEF Equestrian Athlete Lettering program encompasses young equestrians involved in all breeds and disciplines from the grassroots to international competitions.
We encourage the recognition of young equestrian athletes who are dedicating themselves to a sport that requires tremendous training and preparation for competition. Equestrian athletes take the concept of teamwork to the highest level as they form a partnership with a horse; two independent beings working together and communicating with one another to achieve an overall goal.
We hope that you will join us in recognizing equestrian student athletes for their achievements. If you have any questions about the United States Equestrian Federation or the USEF Equestrian Athlete Lettering program please visit our website, www.usef.org, or contact the USEF office at 859-258-2472.
National Affiliates Representative
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.