Trinidad and Tobago, Gina Rodriguez avidly pursued international competition and came across limitations that culture and
Now a U.S. citizen, Gina has seen the opportunities that are present to encourage greater
cultural diversity in the sport of eventing. Equestrian sports and competition offer benefits that should be available to
all communities and that are especially valuable to young riders, where the sport teaches responsibility and commitment to
animal care that are valuable life lessons.
While The Equestrian Channel promotes the finest competitive accomplishment
of U.S. riders in domestic and international competition, we also recognize that our sport should attract and involve other
persons whose interest may be strong but whose abilities to participate may be limited by resources. We believe that equestrian
sports should be accessible to all who possess the passion, the discipline and the skill. As our Fund seeks to promote those
at the best of the sport, at the same time a portion of what we raise will also be dedicated to "ourtreach" programs
that will encourage diversity in participation and accomplishment. Future FEI level riders, we hope, may reflect our commitment
to represent the whole spectrum of communities in the United States.
The challenge then becomes finding the corporate
sponsors for FEI level riders as well others who need aid to enjoy and benefit from it. As Events become televised nationally
here in the US, and the sport gains prominence and recognition, we believe the breadth its attraction will grow. The possibilities