Top Equestrian Stars to Sign USET Foundation’s “Riding for the Team” Book at Washington International Horse Show

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McLain Ward and HH Azur at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
McLain Ward and HH Azur at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo by Shannon Brinkman

The U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation announces a unique opportunity for fans of equestrian sport with a book signing for the coffee table-style book, “Riding for the Team,” at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on Saturday, October 26, at 6:15 p.m.

The 302-page hardback volume contains memories, images and stories from 47 top riders and drivers in all eight international equestrian disciplines who competed and won medals for the U.S. over the last 30 years, including show jumping stars like McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, Margie Engle and more.

Copies of “Riding for the Team” will be available for purchase at WIHS at the U.S. Equestrian booth on the concourse of the Capital One Arena and will be sold in line during the autograph signing. Some of the riders featured in the book will join fans next to the Land Rover booth on the concourse on Saturday night of WIHS to sign copies of the book.

In the book, Ward recounts just what went through his mind at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as he walked into the ring knowing that the U.S. team’s medal depended on his performance. “[I] took a moment to tell myself, ‘Okay, it’s a little bit disappointing. But now there’s a job to be done, and I have to focus on the things I can control and let the bigger outcome sort itself out.’” Ward gives readers of the book an insightful glimpse into the mental aspect of the sport.

Riding for the Team Book CoverMore About the Book

Renowned equestrian journalist Nancy Jaffer compiled and edited the first-person accounts from the athletes for “Riding for the Team.” Along with stories of athletes at major games competition, the book features fantastic photographs, including behind-the-scenes moments and images of top riders in their younger years, such as Engle’s pony ride as a five-year-old and Phillip Dutton in his Australian Pony Club days.

“The compelling stories collected in this volume, as told by the athletes who have become part of equestrian history, demonstrate how to make dreams reality, while acknowledging sacrifice as the other side of achievement,” Jaffer writes in the opening introduction. “Those who compete at the highest level share several characteristics in addition to the love and appreciation of the horse. All have demonstrated singular focus to achieve excellence, putting aside other pursuits as they strive to represent their country.”

The book is a sequel to “Riding for America,” published in 1990 and also compiled by Jaffer. “Riding for America” highlighted key figures on the American equestrian scene from 1976 to 1990. It followed the tradition of the 1976 volume, “The USET Book of Riding: The First Quarter Century of the USET,” which was produced by the late USET chairman emeritus and Olympic show jumping Gold medalist, Bill Steinkraus.

Olympic show jumper Margie Engle at five years old on her pony.
Olympic show jumper Margie Engle at five years old on her pony. Photo Courtesy Margie Engle

Purchasing the “Riding for the Team” Book

Published by Trafalgar Square Books, “Riding for the Team” is available for pre-order on the USET Foundation website. A rare opportunity to learn more about the stars of American equestrian sport, the book also makes an excellent gift and is sure to be a treasured addition to any horseman’s library.

Proceeds benefit the USET Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps provide funding for high-performance competition, training, coaching, travel, and educational needs of America’s elite and developing athletes and horses in partnership with the national federation, US Equestrian. High-performance programs are developed in the eight international equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing, jumping, driving, endurance, reining, para equestrian and vaulting. These programs train and support top athletes and horses to compete at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games, and other top international competitions.

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

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