The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation and US Equestrian are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Steve Blauner, a valued USET Foundation trustee and longtime owner for U.S. Eventing Team High Performance athletes Boyd Martin and Doug Payne.
A dedicated proponent of the syndicate ownership model, Blauner owned six horses through syndicates that represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, and Pan American Games. An amateur rider himself, Blauner also supported up-and-coming eventing athletes, both as an owner and through launching the MARS Bromont Rising Program, which provides training and educational opportunities for under-25 athletes.
Blauner was a motivated and engaged member of the equestrian community, continuously working to enhance visibility and exposure for the discipline of eventing, as well as ensuring other owners and supporters of the sport were involved with the USET Foundation and its mission. He was also a cornerstone of the equestrian community in Millbrook, NY, and instrumental in running the Millbrook Horse Trials. A true servant of equestrianism, Blauner was a member of the USET Foundation Raising the Bar Campaign Steering Committee and the USEF Event Owners Task Force, and he greatly contributed to the success of U.S. High Performance Teams.
The USET Foundation and US Equestrian send their deepest condolences to Blauner’s partner, Ken Shelley, and to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.