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.
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Jeffrey Lesitsky was always intrigued by horses, but growing up Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he didn’t have much access to them. “My only experience was what I saw on television,” he said. “I saw pictures of Secretariat when he won the Triple Crown, but I was only 10 years old and I didn't really understand what was going on. Secretariat was a beautiful horse and I wanted to learn more about them – later I learned Secretariat and I have the same birthday, but I'm seven years his senior!”
Lynn Klisavage got her start teaching riding lessons on Barber’s Point Naval Air Base on O’ahu, Hawaii in the 1960s. When she was in her early 20s, she and her family relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it was there that Klisavage became the Director of the Air Force Academy Stables.
In 2008, the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) had 20 competitions on the YEH calendar, 36 horses who qualified to compete in the championships, and 15 horses who competed in the 2008 USEA YEH Championships held in Wayne, Illinois at Lamplight Equestrian Center.