In addition to naming Beezie Madden as the International Equestrian of the year and Nick Haness the National Equestrian of the year, several eventers were honored at the USEF Pegasus Awards on Friday, January 10, 2020 and the Horse of the Year Awards on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
The William C. Steinkraus Trophy was awarded to Boyd Martin, who was named a USEF International Equestrian of Honor after an excellent year of achievements, including 17 top-10 finishes with eight different horses and a double gold medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The William C. Steinkraus Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing, or show jumping. Tsetserleg (Windfall x Thabana), Christine Turner’s 13-year-old Trakehner gelding, earned recognition as an International Horse of Honor.
Auburn University was honored as the USEA Eventing Championship Team during the ceremony. This is the first year that intercollegiate and interscholastic equestrian teams were recognized alongside other year-end equestrian awards.
The McKenna Trophy, awarded to the highest ranking purebred or half-bred Connemara competing at Preliminary through Advanced level, went to the 10-year-old half Connemara HC Celtic Mark (Ardceltic Art x Star Mark), owned by Donna Miller.
Jacqueline B. Mars was the USEF leading ranked eventing owner and breeder for 2019.
The Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit is presented posthumously for meritorious service to equestrian sport. This year, it was presented to Ann Haller.
Tim Dutta was presented with the Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy for distinguished service to equestrian sport. Watch his acceptance speech here.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.
Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.