PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 20 – Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish Riders to represent the United States at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17 – 30, 2013. For the first time ever the equestrian sports of Show Jumping and Dressage will be included.  The Games will consist of over 41 sports, lasting 14 days with 7000+ athletes from over 60 countries. The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting competition in the world and the world’s largest international Jewish event.  To learn more about the sports offered and to access an application, please visit our website: maccabiusa.com.

Sloane Milstein, USA 19th Maccabiah Equestrian Chair, is working to recruit both riders and coaches to represent the USA in both team and individual events. The competition specifications have not been completed, but we know that the 19th Maccabiah International Sports Committee is planning on a Show Jumping competition at 1.3m and 1.4m  and Dressage to be held at Prix St. George, FEI Challenge Medium and Advance level.

While it is preferred that competitors transport their own horses, the possibility of borrowed horses is being examined in order to help the competitors who cannot bring their own horses. The competitions will be conducted according to FEI regulations and according to the number of entries.  Discipline levels may be change due to competitor and horses registrations so all highly competitive riders should apply.

The 19th Maccabiah USA Organizing Committee is working to field a USA Team that is 1000+ strong and will be the largest traveling delegation from the USA to participate in any international sporting event.

The Maccabiah is more than an international sporting competition; it is a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride.  Israel Connect, Maccabi USA’s unique cultural and educational program, takes place for seven days prior to the start of the Games. All Open, Youth and Juniors athletes participate in the program where they have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars and become a B’nai Mitzvah, all while bonding with each other. Maccabi USA uses Sports to build Jewish Pride.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.

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