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.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).