Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2017 – In 2015, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation announced the creation of the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award in honor and recognition of the late Bruce Duchossois. On Jan. 20, Jacqueline B. Mars was presented with the 2017 award during the USET Foundation’s Gold Medal Club Reception in Wellington, Florida.
“I am very honored to be receiving this award, and I’m very emotional about having Bruce’s name on it,” said Mars. “We all miss him so very, very much. This organization, through the years, has done more for me than I ever could have contributed. The experiences, friendships and events that I’ve been a part of have been wonderful. All I can say is, thank you all so much for what you have given me.”
The R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award was created in recognition of Duchossois’ leadership, generosity and outstanding character. His life was celebrated in 2015 as the first recipient of the prestigious award, and the example he set lives on in others as the award is presented annually to a USET Foundation trustee who exemplifies exceptional leadership, philanthropy and character.
For over four decades, USET Foundation Honorary Life Trustee, eventing horse owner and long-time loyal supporter of equestrian sport, Mars, has lent her wisdom, passion and philanthropy to the United States Equestrian Team and the USET Foundation. Mars has served as vice president, member of the executive and investment committees and co-chaired the Campaign for Continuing Our Competitive Excellence, which raised $36.5 million for the United States’ high performance programs. Mars is also the benefactor of the USET Foundation’s Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grant, which helps offset the costs of competing and training at the highest levels and is awarded to an eventing athlete for their impressive record and potential to represent the United States in future international competition.
Mars has guided the careers of not only some of the United States’ most successful and elite riders, but she is also continually ensuring the next generation of team riders and horses are being prepared and ready to step up when their time comes.
As an owner, Mars has owned such notable equines as Giltedge, Prince Panache, Mr. Medicott and Hannah Sue Burnett’s Pan American team gold medal winning mount Harbour Pilot, among others. Mars generously established “The Giltedge Challenge” in 2012 on behalf of the USET Foundation, which raised $1.5 million for eventing programs and honored the truly extraordinary career of Giltedge, who so proudly represented the United States on medal-winning eventing teams at the 1996 Olympic Games, 1998 World Equestrian Games, 1999 Pan American Games, 2000 Olympic Games and 2002 World Equestrian Games.
A true champion, Mars’ distinguished service through excellence in leadership, philanthropy and character has positively impacted the Foundation’s mission of supporting athletes, promoting international excellence and building for the future.
The USET Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international and high performance horses and athletes in partnership with US Equestrian.