Sep 07, 2022

Nominations Now Open for the 2022 USEA Appreciation Awards

By Hannah Seagle - USEA Staff
Melissa Wardne, recipient of the 2021 USEA Ironmaster Trophy. Photo by Christine Quinn photography

The USEA Appreciation Awards were created as an opportunity for the eventing community to recognize and honor people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity. While tabulating horse and rider awards is a simple matter of calculating points earned in a competition, 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.
Deadline for nominations: Friday, October 28, 2022

The Annual Awards Ceremony will be held during the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. Further details regarding the awards reception 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.

• 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.

• Sue Hershey Award: The Sue Hershey Award honors an ICP Certified Instructor, who exemplifies the values, commitment, and character of the ICP program and who has inspired students in the sport of eventing, with their instruction, encouragement and long-term dedication to teaching correct horsemanship and stable management skills.

NOMINATION FOR CONSIDERATION IS TO INCLUDE:
Name of award, name of nominee, address of nominee, USEA area, age (if applicable) and, 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 Reception, 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 Reception.

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