Captain Jack Fritz Celebration at USET
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
THE UNITED STATES PONY CLUBS, INC. PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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.
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.