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Captain Jack Fritz Celebration at USET

Tuesday, June 5, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Press Contact: Shelley Mann, Shelley@PonyClub.org

Pony Club: www.ponyclub.org, 859-254-7669

Captain John "Jack” Fritz 1924-2012

June 12, 2012 (Lexington, KY) – The United States Equestrian Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation hosted a celebration to honor the life of Captain John "Jack” Fritz and his contribution to equestrian sport. Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, NJ was the perfect setting on June 12, 2012 to celebrate the life and achievements of one of the equestrian world’s most visionary leaders.

Fritz was a strong advocate for educating young equestrians. After his passing in February, a college scholarship was created in his honor. The inaugural recipient of the Jack Fritz Memorial Scholarship was Nora Demchur, a C-2 member of Radnor Hunt Pony Club in PA, and IHSA team members at the University of South Carolina. Demchur was in attendance at Hamilton Farm to recount the contributions made by Fritz in advancing equestrian sport for youth in the United States.

With great faith in the future of the sport, Fritz was a proponent of expanding the North American Young Rider Championships, he helped found the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and served as founder, role model, president, leader, and consummate supporter to the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Fritz was on the forefront of developing the disciplines of Dressage and Eventing in the United States. In addition to being a leader in all aspects of the sport, Fritz was a respected official, serving as a USEF Dressage and Eventing Technical Delegate and an FEI judge.

About Pony Club- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country www.ponyclub.org.

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