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Hallie Coon and Caroline Martin Awarded 2018 USET Foundation Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant

Gladstone, N.J. – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is proud to announce that Hallie Coon and Caroline Martin have been named as the recipients of the 2018 Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grants in the amount of $25,000 each.

Both riders will participate at the Houghton Hall CIC on May 24-27, before going to compete at the Bramham CCI3* in the U25 section from June 7-10. The riders will further their education in between the two events by visiting the United Kingdom-based stables of legendary coaches and Olympians, Carl Hester and William Fox-Pitt.

Hallie Coon and Azrael Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Hallie Coon and Azrael Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Coon, of Brunswick, Maine, said, “I’m so surprised and thrilled. I never thought I would have this opportunity, but we’re so lucky to have this funding and it was so generous for Karen to have left this for us. It’s just a great opportunity to have as Under-25 riders. I don’t think we’ve really had this much support in the past and I’m just really lucky to be doing this at the time I am. I’m really looking forward to it.”

When asked if she has trained overseas before, she said, “I haven’t. I’ve done the standard trip up to Bromont, but that’s hardly outside the U.S. I’m floored that we get to compete against the best Under-25 riders in the world, as well as everyone else in the class and be able to compare yourself to them.”

“I’m taking Celien,” Coon continued. “She’s my 3* mare and she’s great because she really handles the atmosphere well. She’s always cool and collected, so she’ll travel quite well. I’m very excited.”

Coon and Martin will also visit steeplechasing training facilities and continue to practice and learn under the mentorship of Emerging Athlete Coach and British Olympic Gold Medalist, Leslie Law, who will also be coaching them at both competitions.

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse Photo: Shannon Brinkman

The other recipient, Caroline Martin, also received this grant last year. She said, “It’s been a really great season so far. I had really good luck last year with two of my horses, Pebbly Maximus and Danger Mouse.

“Being able to win this and represent my country is just incredible,” Martin, of Ocala, Florida, continued. “I’m really proud to represent Karen Stives on the international stage and to be able to keep getting support from my country and the education competing overseas is unreal. It’s great to spend the month over there with a horse. Being able to be trained by Leslie Law for the entire time is really a great honor.”

The Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour’s mission is to help event riders in the USEF’s Emerging Athlete program to prepare to represent the United States on an international stage in the future, strengthening the pipeline of qualified riders to create medal-winning teams. Stives is an Olympic Gold and Silver medalist who established this program with a benevolent gift of $1 million dollars to help talented up-and-coming evening riders.

Coon and Martin will travel to Great Britain in May to begin the Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour, where they will gain valuable experience as they represent the United States on the international platform.

The USET Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing International High Performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.


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Ocala, Florida – Caroline Martin is very pleased to announce her brand partnership with Likit Equine Products. Likit equine treats and toys uses the finest human grade raw food in its formulations which were developed in conjunction with equine nutritionist, Dr. Derek Cuddeford BSc, MSc, PhD. Every Likit product is manufactured in Ayrshire, Scotland in a purpose built factory to maintain quality control. Likits provide horses relief from the boredom of spending time confined in stalls, small paddocks or on trailers and lorries.

“I am thrilled to be joining #TeamLikit,” said Caroline Martin. “Likit treats and toys have been such a valuable help to my team of horses. Event horses can be high strung performance animals and I believe that Likit products are key to keeping them happy and relaxed whether they are at home or away at a competition. My horses absolutely love them!”

From stable toys to paddock Likits, there are many Likit product options to help make your equine partner a happy horse. The Likit challenge system, which is designed to grade the different levels of challenge for each toy, ensures that a horse’s environment is enriched to help alleviate boredom and vices such as cribbing and windsucking that often develop in confined animals.

Likit Products are stocked by retailers in the United States, United Kingdom and around the world.  Please click the highlighted link for more information on Likit Products or to find the nearest retailer.

US Equestrian Names Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program Participants for 2018

Lexington, Ky. –The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing Sport Committee has approved the following 15 athletes from a pool of applicants for the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program for 2018. This follows the list of athletes named to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 program list.

USET Foundation Awards Caroline Martin and Doug Payne 2017 Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grants

USET Foundation Awards Caroline Martin and Doug Payne 2017 Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grants

Gladstone, N.J. –  The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s recipients of the Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grants are Caroline Martin and Doug Payne. Martin and Payne were recognized and unanimously selected by the US Equestrian eventing selectors due to their impressive records and future in representing the United States in international competition.

Caroline Martin Eventing Joins the Triple Crown Feed Family

I am very excited to announce my partnership with Triple Crown Feed. Not only do my horses enjoy eating it, it gives them the next gear they need for optimum performance cross country. My horses look great, and their muscling and coats have never been better. With a wide range of performance feeds to choose from, Triple Crown keeps my top horses fueled and my young ones ones healthy and happy. Triple Crown has been an outstanding supporter of young riders for a long time providing support and valuable equine nutritional education. I am so proud to be a part of their team and I recommend Triple Crown to everyone because they care about each and every customer.

Caroline Martin and Jenny Caras to Represent Team USA During Karen Stives European Developing Tour

Gladstone, N.J. - Feb. 25, 2016 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is proud to announce that Caroline Martin and Jenny Caras have been named as therecipients of the 2016 Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Grant.