The Windfall Trophy has been presented each year since 2015 to the stallion who accumulates the most points on the USEA leaderboard in that year. Halimey Go (Askar AA x Hamamelis Go), Christine Turner’s Trakehner stallion, was the first to win the title in 2015 and took it for a second year in 2016 with Buck Davidson in the irons. In 2017 and 2018, the Stallion of the Year title went to Sandro’s Star (Sagnol x Poetic Patter), Hannah Salazar’s Oldenburg stallion ridden by Chris Talley. Cassio’s Picasso (Hirtentanz x Cassia-Pao), a Trakenher stallion owned by The Picasso Syndicate and ridden by James Alliston, took home Stallion of the Year honors in 2019.
This year, the SmartPak Stallion of the Year title was awarded to Rose Sullivan’s M Crème De La Crème SE (Clair de Lune SE x Zathalida SE), an 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding. M Crème De La Crème SE was bred by Sullivan at her SE Farm and has been campaigned by Alexis Helffrich since his introduction to the sport of eventing in 2016.
“Crème,” as Sullivan calls him, started out in the USEA young horse classes and was a participant in the USEA Young Event Horse West Coast Championships as a 5-year-old. Crème was following in the footsteps of his sire, SE Farm’s flagship sire Clair de Lune SE, who won the 2009 Young Event Horse West Coast Championships and in 2020 was the USEF #3 Eventing Sire.
“As a young horse, Crème has continued to win almost every event he has competed in with partner Alexis Helffrich in the irons,” Sullivan said. “In the last year he competed in the CCI3*-S and he was very competitive and in the top-three at most events.”
In 2020, Crème completed four events, two CCI3*-S and two Intermediates, earning two third places and two fifth places, earning a total of 16 points. In the whole of his eventing career, he has finished outside the top eight just twice.
With Crème turning 9 this year, Sullivan and Helffrich are looking to the future, which looks very bright for this young stallion. “Alexis and I are both excited for 2021 and hope to continue up the eventing ladder and hopefully qualify Crème for [the Kentucky Three-Day Event] in the next couple of years.”
“It is an honor to receive this award for him as a breeder of top event horses,” Sullivan concluded, “and because it highlights Clair de Lune SE as a top producer of event horses.”
M Crème De La Crème SE was honored along with all the other USEA year-end award winners in the USEA Year-End Award Ceremony on Friday, January 8. You can view the awards ceremony on demand here. To view the 2020 SmartPak USEA Stallion of the Year leaderboard, click here.
The USEA would like to thank SmartPak for sponsoring the USEA Stallion of the Year leaderboard.
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).
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.