USEA Endowment Trust Proudly Announces the 2012 Essex Grant
The USEA Endowment Trust is honored to announce that thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Board of Directors of the renowned Essex Horse Trials, the Trust has been chosen as the administrators of the new Essex Grant for riders aged 25 and under. The Essex Grant is intended to assist the lucky recipient in developing the essential horsemanship skills required for a successful transition from the Young Riders’ ranks into the senior rider ranks and the funds may be used to offset expenses related to coaching fees, training fees, and competition fees.
From the late 1960’s until the turn of the century, the Essex Horse Trials was one of the most prestigious CCI1* and CCI2* competitions in the entire country and was responsible for preparing some of the horses and riders who would become some of the country’s most illustrious international horses and riders: Michael Page, J. Michael Plumb, Bruce Davidson, Sr., Buck Davidson, David and Karen O’Connor, Biko, Adonis, and many, many more. The competition also launched the careers of international judges and officials, not least of which is Roger Haller, one of the most enduring servants the sport of Eventing has had the privilege to call its own. Roger designed and built the very first cross-country course at Essex, he rode at Essex on Golden Griffin when it was a selection trials for the 1974 World Championships at Burghley, and went on to design the course for the 1978 World Championships at Kentucky.
And it was the young riders representing the future of American Eventing who provided the inspiration and energy for the Board of Directors of Essex Horse Trials. Their decision to invest so much in Eventing’s youth and their commitment to providing a safe, yet challenging proving ground for them to hone their skills on was to have resounding effect on U.S. Teams for years.
Though the Essex Horse Trials is no more, the name will live on through this grant and the next generation of younger riders will continue to develop their talents thanks to the foresight and generosity of its Board of Directors.
The 2012 Essex Grant will be awarded during the USEA Annual Awards Luncheon tomorrow, Friday, December 7.