The Lady Rider of the Year Trophy, donated by June McKnight, is named for Essie Perkins who was a leader in the growth of eventing in the United States. Along with her husband Read and daughters Beth and Bea (now di Grazia), Essie was part of America’s most prominent and earliest eventing families. In addition to breeding, riding and training event horses, the Perkins family ran a horse trials at their Huntington Farm in Vermont. On June 14, 1978, Essie passed away from cancer following a valiant battle and the trophy is perpetually awarded in her honor.
Essie Perkins on the cover of the 1978 USCTA News.
In March of 1973, the USCTA (now USEA) announced that a new award, the Frolicsome Trophy, would be given annually to the mare accumulating the largest number of points. Donated by Dr. Mary Alice Brown, the award was named in honor of her mare, Frolicsome, who was competed by J. Michael Plumb in the late 1960s and early 1970s.