Southern California Equestrian Sports (SCES) President David Kuhlman announced the 2014 SCES award winners as decided upon by the Board of Directors.
“As an organization we are dedicated to assisting riders and events for the betterment of Equestrian Sports across the United States and Globe. Each of our 2014 award winners are very deserving and we are proud to support them,” said Kuhlman.
Allison Springer and Sinead Halpin will receive checks in the amount of $1,500 each for their exemplary fundraising and competitive efforts. Sinead will also receive an additional $500 along with her World Equestrian Games Teammates, who were approved SCES members prior to 2014 consisting of Phillip Dutton, and Boyd Martin. Canadian World Equestrian Games Team Member Hawley Bennett-Awad will also receive a 2014 National Team Member award in the amount of $500.
“SCES is a wonderful foundation helping riders all over the country and globe by supporting their dreams to compete and succeed. I am honored to receive this award and would suggest all of my equestrian peers join in as a part of this organization. I would also like to thank the board and all of the remarkable SCES supporters who have donated money in support of each of our goals,” stated Allison Springer after learning she would receive an award for her fundraising and competitive efforts.
In addition to these monetary awards, aimed at facilitating SCES’s mission of understanding and assisting with the financial commitment it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sports, SCES is proudly donating the team hats this year for all Area VI NAJYRC competitors, their support teams, and their families.
SCES strives to support not only equestrians, but organizers as well for the betterment of the sport, and will offer prize money to the highest placing SCES approved riders in the amount of $500 per level at the Copper Meadows International Horse Trials in Ramona, CA September 5-7 for each of their FEI divisions, consisting of the CIC1*, CIC2* and CIC3*.
James Atkinson who is both the course designer and organizer of Copper Meadows, praised the organization on their support of the equestrian community saying, “We are honored to pass along the support we are receiving from SCES to the riders in our International Divisions. The involvement and participation of SCES helping not only riders, but events is remarkable in furthering our sport.”
It’s been 13 years since an American has stood atop the podium at a five-star event, but Boyd Martin broke the dry spell today with the Turner Family’s 15-year-old Anglo European mare On Cue (Cabri D’Elle x On High) as the winners of the first-ever Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. It was a thrilling down-to-the-wire finish where Martin and On Cue climbed from third to first to take home champion honors with just .01 points between him and second-place finisher and weekend-long leader Oliver Townend.
Following yesterday’s downpour, the temperatures for the final jog this morning were brisk but the CCI5*-L horses remained professional for the last horse inspection leading into show jumping later today. Of the 35 pairs set to move forward with the final phase of competition, only 34 presented to judges Angela Tucker (GBR), Martin Plewa (GER), and Mark Weissbecker after Lisa Marie Fergusson opted not to bring forward her own 15-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding (Brynarian Brennin x Dream Contessa) Honor Me.
After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.
It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.