Jennifer Gates among newcomers to US Equestrian Foundation board

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The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has added Jennifer Gates, Kristi Mitchem, and Ann Thompson to its Board of Trustees this year.
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has added Jennifer Gates, Kristi Mitchem, and Ann Thompson to its Board of Trustees this year. Pictured is Steffen Peters and Supperkasper at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. © FEI/Christophe Taniere

Jennifer Gates, the daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is among three new members of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

W. James McNerney, Jr., Chairman, President, and CEO of the USET Foundation, the philanthropic partner to US Equestrian (USEF), said he was delighted to welcome Gates, Kristi Mitche, and Ann Thompson to the board.

“The insight gleaned from their involvement in the sport at the highest levels and in multiple capacities, along with their undertakings outside of the sport, will enable them to assist in continuing to bolster both USET Foundation and USEF programs that will ensure long-lasting success for our country’s horses and athletes,” McNerney said.

The Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing International High-Performance horses and athletes.

High-Performance programs are developed in the seven international equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing, jumping, driving, endurance, para-equestrian and vaulting. These programs train and support top athletes and horses to compete at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games, and other top international competitions.

Jennifer Gates
Jennifer Gates

Jennifer Gates of Wellington, Florida, joins the board with an extensive showjumping resume. Early in her career, Gates held top rankings in the USEF Under 25 division, earned the individual bronze medal and helped secure the team silver medal at the 2016 North American Young Rider Championship, and won the 2017 USEF U25 Series Championship. She went on to represent the United States on Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Nations Cup teams in 2017 and 2018 and has earned top-ten placings in some of the most prestigious showjumping grand prix events in the world.

Gates graduated from Stanford University in 2018 and is currently attending medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. In addition to her academic pursuits, she remains involved in equestrian sport as the founder and owner of Evergate Stables, LLC, which is focused on developing quality young show jumping horses.

Kristi Mitchem
Kristi Mitchem

Kristi Mitchem of San Francisco, California, is a successful businesswoman who currently serves as the chief executive officer and head of Bank of Montreal’s (BMO) Global Asset Management (BMO GAM), BMO’s asset management division. Before that, she served as the CEO of Wells Fargo Asset Management and has more than 20 years of experience in related roles at State Street Corporation, BlackRock, and Goldman Sachs.

Mitchem was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the “San Francisco Business Times” in 2018, one of the Top Women in Asset Management by “Money Management Executive” in 2017, and Top 100 Influential People by “Treasury & Risk” in 2008.

Mitchem earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She is also a Fulbright Scholar.

She is also an advocate of high-performance equestrian sport and actively supports the endeavors of her daughter, showjumper Caroline Mawhinney, who was part of the gold-medal-winning US team in the 2021 FEI Youth Nations Cup Jumping Final in Kronenberg, the Netherlands.

Ann Thomson
Ann Thomson

Ann Thompson of Upperville, Virginia, is a lifelong horsewoman. Thompson has passed down her love of horses and the sport to her two daughters, Charlotte and Sofia. A long-time animal welfare advocate, Thompson is active in equine rescue and helping horses in need. In addition, she has been successful as a horse owner with several show hunter/jumper trainers and riders through her business Everlong, LLC, including Ginny Edwards, Hardin Towell, and Jessica Fortin.

Most recently, Everlong, LLC’s Balou du Reventon earned USEF’s 2021 International Horse of the Year title following an impressive season that included being short-listed for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and a second-place finish in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen in Aachen, Germany, with young show jumping rider Brian Moggre.

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