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.
We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.