Oct 13, 2020

Nominate a Fellow Eventer for a 2020 USEA Appreciation Award

By Hannah Seagle - USEA Staff
Magdalene Meek received the Courtney C. Reeves Memorial Trophy in 2019. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The USEA Appreciation Awards provide an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in eventing throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity during their golden years.

While it is a simple matter of tabulating points earned in a competition to arrive at horse and rider awards, it is a very different proposition when it comes to the non-rider awards; these awards require nominations from our members.

The Appreciation Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the awards listed below. If you know someone who is deserving of one of these awards, please submit your nominations for consideration to:

Cathy Forsberg, Chairman of the USEA Appreciation Awards Committee
c/o USEA Attn: Hannah Seagle
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (703) 779-0550

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 13, 2020.

The U.S. Eventing Awards Ceremony will be held during the virtual USEA Annual Meeting and Convention event. Details will be announced in the near future.

Appreciation Awards Categories

  • Courtney C. Reeves Memorial Trophy: Awarded to the young individual who exemplifies sportsmanship, the spirit of the sport, and who gives back to the sport.
  • Groom of the Year Award: The purpose of the award is to recognize the vital role played by the grooms who works countless hours behind-the-scenes to make sure their charges are healthy, happy, and poised for success.
  • Ironmaster Trophy: Awarded to the individual that exemplifies fortitude and courage. Open to anyone associated with the sport as a volunteer, spectator, official, trainer, competitor, groom, or groundskeeper.
  • Vintage Cup: Awarded to members 60 years of age and over who are competing at any level in recognized USEA competitions and who show good sportsmanship.

Nominations For Consideration Should Include

  • Name of award
  • Name of nominee
  • Address of nominee
  • USEA Area
  • Age (if applicable)
  • Reason for the nomination

The reason for the nomination should include a concise, but detailed biography of your nominee, clearly describing the attributes that pay tribute to the criteria of the award up for consideration.

If your nominee is selected, a photo will also be required. To make this experience exciting for both the recipients and attendees of the Awards Ceremony, the names selected will be kept a secret until the award is presented. Although it may not be an easy task, we ask those making the nomination to ensure that the candidate is able to attend the Awards Ceremony.

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