East of Dallas and west of the Texas-Louisiana state line is Texas Rose Horse Park, a household name to Area V eventers. On November 9-10, Area V wrapped up the 2018 season with Texas Rose Horse Park Fall Horse Trials and awarded Kristin Curreri and Caleb McCombs the Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards.
Finishing the season with a positive note, Full Moon Farm was excited to host Area II’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. Judged by Stephen Bradley, Elizabeth Welker-Ebling on Santana II and Nicholas D’Amore on Celtic Heritage took home the Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards for their safe effective cross-country rounds.
Wisconsin, the state of cheese heads and diehard Green Bay Packer fans, is also home to Area IV’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award at the Otter Creek Fall Horse Trials on September 14-16, 2018. Out of 48 Training cross-country rides, McKayla Mattison and Annika Weisjahn were the recipients of the junior and adult amateur Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards for their appropriate and effective cross-country riding.
Sandwiched between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles is Santa Ynez, California, a town surrounded by rolling hills and grape vines. Along with the local wines and breathtaking views, Santa Ynez is also home to Area VI’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award at the Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials held August 24-26, 2018.
The small Northern town of Dexter, Michigan is home to the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials, the host of Area VIII’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. Nicole Maynard and Kiersten Miller took top honors for their safe, appropriate cross-country rounds at Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials on August 3 – 5, 2018.
Green grass, blooming flowers, and perfect New York weather, rewind to late summer where Fitch's Corner Horse Trials celebrated their 25th year on July 21 – 23, 2018. Alongside their 25th anniversary, Fitch's Corner hosted Area I’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. Judged by the USEA president Carol Kozlowski, Erin Johnson and Cadence Clucas were rewarded for their safe, effective cross-country riding.
While most eventing eyes were on the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Great Meadow International, competitors in Flagstaff, Arizona claimed victories of their own at the Coconino Summer Horse Trials I on July 6-8, home to Area X’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award.
The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana is an event that hosts over six USEA programs, a farm where the serenity of Glacier National Park charms eventers from across the country, and where Lauren Schoenborn and Alina Patterson earned Area VII Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards.
Two United States Eventing Association (USEA) events call Utah their home and Golden Spike Horse Trials is one of them. Golden Spike Horse Trials on June 16-17 in Ogden, Utah hosted Area IX’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award (COTM).
Lifelong dreams were in work at Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials, February 22 – 25, the first event of 2018 to host the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. With over fifty Training level rides, Chantil Ruud and Madison Chisholm both rose to the occasion to earn this award for demonstrating safe and appropriate riding on cross-country.
In 2009, the Professional Horseman’s Council in partnership with Charles Owen founded the Charles Owen Technical Merit (COTM) Award to reward juniors and adult amateurs for demonstrating safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique and educate riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe cross-country riding.