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.
And they're off! Eventing kicks off today in Tokyo (Thursday, July 29 – 7:30 p.m. ET), with the first of three Olympic dressage sessions. Competitors from 29 nations will go head to head, vying for a spot on the coveted Olympic podium.
There were a few last-minute dramas at the first horse inspection for the Tokyo Olympics which took place in the main equestrian park at Baji Koen Equestrian Centre at 9:30 a.m. JST today.
It’s the most hotly anticipated few hours of the eventing year - the cross-country from Tokyo 2020. What will Derek di Grazia’s track have in store for the Olympic riders?
We’re nearly there! Olympic mania has taken over the world, and we’re in the final countdown to the Olympic eventing competition in Tokyo, which starts with the first horse inspection on Thursday. Our USA riders are raring to go, but let’s remind ourselves of the history that precedes them. Just how well has the US team done in past Olympics?