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Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Honored with R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award

Jim McNerney, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. and S Tucker S Johnson,

Wellington, Fla. – January 27, 2016 – Last year, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation announced the creation of the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award in honor and recognition of its distinguished trustee, Bruce Duchossois. On Jan. 22, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr was presented with the 2016 award during the USET Foundation’s Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit Rockin’ Rio in Wellington, Florida.

The R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award was created in recognition of Duchossois’ leadership, generosity and outstanding character. His like was celebrated last year as the first recipient of the prestigious award. However, the example he set for all of us lives on in others as the award is presented annually to a USET Foundation Trustee who exemplifies exception leadership, philanthropy and character.

For over 30 years Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. has lent his wisdom, passion and philanthropy to the United States Equestrian Team and the USET Foundation. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation and over his 30 years as a Trustee he has served as Vice President, Chairman of the Development and Nominating Committees, and been an important member and advisor on the Investment and Finance Committees.

As an owner, Currey and his wife Agneta had the honor of watching their wonderful mare, “Touch of Class,” ridden by Joe Fargis, win the Individual and Team Gold medals in Show Jumping at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. A true champion, Currey’s distinguished service through excellence in leadership, philanthropy and character has positively impacted the Foundation’s mission of supporting athletes, promoting international excellence and building for the future.

“I’m highly honored because it’s Bruce’s award,” Currey said after receiving the trophy. “It’s a pleasure having known him and to receive this special award.”

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
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USET Foundation Awards 2016 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Lucy Deslauriers

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester.

Wellington, Fla. – January 26, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy is the talented show jumping rider Lucy Deslauriers of New York, New York.

Each year this award is presented to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. In 2015, Deslauriers’ career took off when she captured the “Grand Slam” of show jumping for a young rider, winning Individual Gold and Team Silver at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Individual and Team Gold at the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, and Individual Gold at the 2015 USEF Under 25 National Championships.

Sixteen-year-old Deslauriers was presented with this prestigious award at the USET Foundation’s Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit, Rockin’ Rio, on Jan. 22, in Wellington, Florida.

“It’s a huge honor that I wasn’t expecting,” expressed Deslauriers. “I’ve received this thanks to the incredible team I have behind me and my group of horses. I’m very thankful that I’ve been recognized and have received this honor.”

“I think that is part of the reason that I was able to accomplish these goals, because I didn’t get caught up in how I had done previously or how much I had ahead of me, but took it step-by-step,” she said. Deslauriers quickly added, “I also think that it’s important that I don’t get too caught up in how successful this year was. I’m definitely very lucky to have the results that I did. I am looking forward to competing next year and continuing my partnership with Hester. Hopefully we’ll continue to do well as we bond and move up and forward into next year.”

Lucy’s father, former Olympian Mario Deslauriers, originally rode Hester, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, but when Lucy took over the reins, it was an even better match. “He’s really incredible in a number of ways, but I think that something that really stands out about him in particular is his fight,” noted Lucy. “I always know that he’s going to be there for me trying his best 200 percent of the time. It’s really important to have a dependable partner like he has proved to be for me.”

In 2015, Lucy’s success was not only related to the show jumping arena, as she also took top honors in the 2015 George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship and placed second in the 2015 ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championships.

“The equitation division has provided a great base for my jumper riding and doing the jumpers with my father has also helped a lot in the equitation ring,” she commented. “I think that the courses are often very similar.”

This year, Deslauriers’ goal is to move into the 1.50m division with Hester, where she already had success competing against the best in the world during the Bromont CSI3* over the summer. Deslauriers concluded, “In the more extended future, being able to represent the United States is something that I have dreamed of for a very long time, so that would be an amazing goal for me to accomplish.”

Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy Winners
Patrick Guerrand-Hermès established the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Memorial Award in 1983 in memory of his son, Lionel, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1981 at the age of 18. Lionel trained with the United States Equestrian Team and was talented enough to be considered an Olympic hopeful. A perpetual trophy designed by Patrick Guerrand-Hermès is inscribed annually with the winner’s name and permanently displayed at the USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Previous winners are:

1983 – Mark Leone
1984 – Jeffery Welles
1985 – Holly Mitten
1986 – Gregory A Best
1987 – Susanne Owen
1988 – Christopher Kappler
1989 – Mollie Bliss
1990 – Kim Keenan
1991 – McLain Ward
1992 – Abigail Lufkin
1993 – Mark Combs
1994 – Gabriella Salick
1995 – Megan Johnstone
1996 – Jonathan Elliot
1997 – Alison Firestone
1998 – Bruce Davidson Jr.
1999 – Chad Geeter
2000 – Elise Haas
2001 – Marilyn Little
2002 – Clark Montgomery
2003 – Will Faudree
2004 – Kristin Schmolze
2005 – Brianne Goutal
2006 – Katie Hamilton
2007 – Carolyn Kelly
2008 – Hillary Dobbs
2009 – Laura Noyes
2010 – Jennifer Waxman
2011 – Tiana Coudray
2012 – Lucy Davis
2013 – Reed Kessler
2014 – Katie Dinan
2015 – Lillie Keenan
2016 – Lucy Deslauriers

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
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Phillip Dutton Honored with 2016 Whitney Stone Cup from USET Foundation

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn. Photo By: Shannon Brinkman.

Wellington, Fla. – January 25, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that top ranked eventing rider Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pennsylvania is the recipient of the 2016 Whitney Stone Cup.

The award is presented annually to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition and high standards of sportsmanlike conduct while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

A five-time Olympian, Dutton led the U.S. Eventing Team to its Gold medal victory at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where an Olympic qualification was at stake. Earlier in the year, he won the USET Foundation’s Pinnacle Cup as the highest placed U.S. rider during the 2015 Rolex/USEF National CCI4*. Dutton was also reserve champion during the 2015 Dutta Corp./USEF National Championships at the CCI3* and CCI2* levels, followed by a win at the 2015 Galway Downs CCI3*. He led the U.S. Team to a Bronze medal finish at the CIC03* Nations Cup in Aachen, and he has had 15 top five finishes at the FEI level in 2015 with his talented string of horses.

Dutton was presented with the award during the USET Foundation’s Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit Rockin’ Rio on Jan. 22, in Wellington, Florida. “I’m very fortunate because a lot of people have supported me, not only this year but in years building up to this year,” expressed Dutton. “It’s been a rewarding year, but it’s also great for the people involved to see some of the results. It’s very exciting for me, but I think it’s exciting for the future as well.”

Representing the United States is always at the forefront of Dutton’s mind, and he is thankful to have that opportunity on so many occasions. “Representing your country never gets old,” he stated. “In my mind, it’s the ultimate of what you can achieve, and you always go out there a try to do your personal best at every competition. When you have four riders that get their personal best it’s incredible. It’s an honor really. It’s something that I think everybody aims for, but you’re pretty lucky when it comes up.”

Dutton is always giving back to the sport that he has been involved with for five decades, serving on multiple committees and working with other athletes to continually raise the bar in the sport. He has helped develop young riders and young horses, and he now has three mounts that are jumping at the four-star level.

“Any horse that gets to the four-star level is a pretty special horse,” noted Dutton. “It’s not easy to have a horse that can handle the challenges of our industry sometimes, so it takes a pretty special horse. Obviously no horse is going to jump around four-star unless he is pretty gutsy and can feel confident about jumping around a cross-country course. Once you get to the four-star level, it’s not for the faint of heart horse. All three of them have that in them. They are pretty brave on the cross-country, which I’m appreciative of.”

Now, Dutton and the U.S. Eventing Team will look ahead toward the 2016 Olympic Games. “We’ll try to map out a program,” he explained. “We’ll work back from the Olympics and see what’s best for the horses to have the best chances of getting to there. There’s a lot of work to be done between now and then, but on the other hand it’s not that far away. It’s going to come around pretty quickly. They all look good at the moment, and I think they’re pretty pleased to be back in work.”

Dutton concluded, “It’s an exciting time for eventing because I do see that we’re making a pushing for better things ahead. It’s not going to be easy by any means, but the next couple of years hopefully we can have some even better performances.”

Whitney Stone Cup Winners

The Whitney Stone Cup is awarded in honor of the late Whitney Stone, who served as President and Chairman of the Board of the United States Equestrian Team from 1953 to 1973. Mr. Stone was instrumental in the creation of a civilian equestrian team when the Army retired from competitive horse sports after 1948. Previous Whitney Stone Cup winners are:

1980 – Michael Matz
1981 – James C. Wofford
1982 – Norman Dello Joio
1983 – Melanie Smith (Taylor)
1984 – Carole Grant
1985 – Joe Fargis
1986 – Conrad Homfeld
1987 – Katie Monahan Prudent
1988 – Bruce O. Davidson
1989 – Gregory A. Best
1990 – William Long
1991 – Hap Hansen
1992 – Lana DuPont Wright
1993 – Carol Lavell
1994 – J. Michael Plumb
1995 – Robert Dover
1996 – Anne Kursinski
1997 – Leslie Burr Howard
1998 – David O’Connor
1999 – Valerie Kanavy
2000 – Karen O’Connor
2001 – Tucker Johnson
2002 – Guenter Seidel
2003 – Peter Wylde
2004 – Debbie McDonald
2005 – Chris Kappler
2006 – Elizabeth (Beezie) Madden
2007 – Elizabeth (Beezie) Madden
2008 – Miranda (Randy) Caldwell
2009 – Steffen Peters
2010 – McLain Ward
2011 – Tucker S. Johnson
2012 – Christine McCrea
2013 – Rich Fellers
2014 – Elizabeth (Beezie) Madden
2015 – Chester Weber
2016 – Phillip Dutton

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com
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Springsteens Rock Rio Raising Record $1.5 Million Dollars for USET Foundation

Bruce Springsteen.

Wellington, Fla – Jan. 24, 2016 – On Friday, Jan. 22, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit, Rockin’ Rio, at Louisburg Farm in Wellington, Florida. With more than 600 guests in attendance, Rockin’ Rio featured honorary chairs Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen. The celebratory evening included award presentations, an elegant dinner, a surprise performance by Springsteen and a lively auction, which helped raise more than $1.5 million dollars for the USET Foundation.

Rockin’ Rio captured all of the elements of an amazing evening. The tent was transformed into a festive Brazilian wonderland by designer Reed McIlvaine (Renny and Reed) and included an exquisite dinner by Ken Rose catering. USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins and Committee Chairmen Kimberly Boyer, Gloria Callen, Margaret H. Duprey, Elizabeth Johnson, Elizabeth B. Juliano, Jacqueline B. Mars, Robin Parsky, Rebecca Reno, Jeannie Tisbo and Akiko Yamazaki all helped organize the highly successful event.

Olympian Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil kicked off the festivities, welcoming the American delegation to his country this summer for the upcoming 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. USET Foundation Treasurer Philip Richter then welcomed honorary chairmen Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen, who recognized the guests for their dedication to the sport and the Olympic movement, as the USET Foundation prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“Patti and I have been involved with the horse world for 20 plus years since Jess started riding when she was 5 years old,” Springsteen said. “Needless to say retirement is nowhere in sight for me. I literally play for horse feed night after night.”

Springsteen continued, “Patti and my life have been deeply enriched by our involvement in the riding world. I’ve gotten to watch my daughter grow up into a young woman of character and excellence. I’ve gotten to watch a lot of you grow up with her. I’ve gotten to watch the best in the world compete year after year, and I know what that takes. We’re here tonight to honor your focus, your hard work and your dedication. I know it’s not always an easy life, and we want to show you that we are 100 percent behind you.”

Later in the evening, the awards ceremony began with 16-year-old Lucy Deslauriers of New York, New York being named the recipient of this year’s Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, which is presented to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. In 2015, Deslauriers had a breakout year by definition: she won the Individual Gold and Team Silver at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Individual and Team Gold at the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships and Individual Gold at the USEF U25 National Championships.

The next award was presented to Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pennsylvania, the recipient of the Whitney Stone Cup. The award is presented annually to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition and high standards of sportsmanlike conduct while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport. Five-time Olympian Phillip Dutton was the pathfinder for the U.S. Eventing team and led them to victory at the 2015 Pan American Games, where an Olympic qualification was at stake.

The final award, the Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award, was presented to Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., created in recognition of Duchossois’ leadership, generosity and outstanding character. The award is presented annually to a USET Foundation Trustee who exemplifies exceptional leadership, philanthropy and character. For over 30 years Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. has lent his wisdom, passion and philanthropy to the United States Equestrian Team and the USET Foundation. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation and, over his 30 years as a Trustee, he has served as Vice President, Chairman of the Development and Nominating Committees, and been an important member and advisor on the Investment and Finance Committees.

Following dinner, the auctioneer took control of the microphone and revved up the crowd to begin the live auction, which raised money for the U.S. Equestrian Team. Auction items included a four-piece equine collection by artist Sharon Lynn Campbell, tickets to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, and Championships with a stay at the Relais & Chateaux Castle Hill and the painting “Precision” by Andre Pater, donated by Misdee and James Miller. The Duchossois family, Steve Wilson, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo donated a once in a lifetime trip for four to the Kentucky Derby, and Sharon Lynn Campbell also donated a custom oil portrait. A generous bidder claimed the prime summer week at Thistle House in the Village of Edgartown at Martha’s Vineyard donated by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Weeks, and guests also had the opportunity to bid on an amazing trip to California on a private jet with a stay at Montage Resort in Laguna Beach as well as an 11.63 carat yellow sapphire put in a setting of their choice, donated by Moti Ferder and Lugano Diamonds.

The benefit really started to rock when the final item was introduced as donated by Scialfa and Springsteen. What started as a signed guitar by “The Boss” quickly escalated to 10 VIP tickets with sound check and backstage meet and greet passes to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s River Tour concerts. To encourage the bidders, Springsteen took to the stage and brought the guests to their feet with one of his iconic performances. The hotly contested item eventually sold to two lucky bidders for $300,000 each.

Rockin’ Rio proved to be wildly successful for the USET Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the guests and auction donors, and their goal to help fund the United States Equestrian Team riders as they prepare to compete at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com
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Carol Cohen Presents Inaugural Global Dressage Visionary Award to Robert Dover

Photo courtesy of JRPR.

Wellington, FL (January 22, 2016) – The first week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida played host to scores of professional and amateur dressage riders. This energetic and competitive environment was the perfect place for the inaugural presentation of Carol Cohen’s Global Dressage Visionary Award, which was presented to Team USA chef d’equipe, Robert Dover. Carol Cohen, a Wellington, Florida dressage visionary and founding member of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, was pleased to name Dover as the first recipient of the prestigious award. Cohen will be presenting the Global Dressage Visionary Award during all CDI weeks of the world-renowned dressage festival throughout the rest of the season.

Dover, a six-time Olympic athlete and the current chef d’equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team, has been involved with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival since its inception. “I thought there was an opportunity that was being missed here,” Dover said, recalling his thoughts from before this international show circuit existed. He realized that an unused polo field in the South Florida horse community would be a perfect venue to renew interest in the sport of dressage in the community – where the hunter, jumper, and polo disciples had already caught the world’s attention.

Dover’s road to the head of the American dressage team all began when his former Olympic coach, Colonel Bengt Ljungquist, urged Dover to carry forward what he had been taught. “I had no idea what he meant by that,” Dover said. “I was 18 years old. It wasn’t until much later in my life that I reflected back on it and realized that he was saying I was going to have some role in the sport bigger than I even knew.” Now, Dover is coaching and training hopefuls for Team USA, which is planning to go for the gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cohen, an FEI-level dressage competitor herself and a sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, created the Global Visionary Dressage Award to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in the growth and promotion of classical dressage in America. Cohen honored Dover with an engraved glass Global Visionary Dressage Award trophy. Rewarding dressage icons like Dover is important to Cohen, who says that dressage has made an incredible impression on her life. “This sport – I feel it,” she said. “It’s my passion. I care about it very much.”

Cohen has also been instrumental in creating the first Adequan Global Dressage Festival Leadline class, which will begin on January 29 as a kick-off to the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle competition. She is sponsoring the class in an effort to bring new dressage riders into the discipline. “Our community needs to foster the future riders of the sport, and my hope is that the leadline class becomes a recognized division in the future,” she said.

Not only is Cohen a passionate advocate for the sport of dressage, she is also active in the local Wellington, Florida community as a licensed Real Estate Agent under the umbrella of Engel & Völkers real estate brokers. Like the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Engel & Völkers’ presence is substantial in the Wellington area as well as throughout the world.

For more information about Carol Cohen and her listings at Engel & Völkers Real Estate in Wellington, please visit carolcohen.evusa.com. To see Carol Cohen award Robert Dover in the Global Dressage Visionary Award presentation video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja4P34Y3uG4&feature=youtu.be.

Contact: Carol Cohen
561-756-4844
carol.cohen@evusa.com
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PVF Peace of Mind and Brunello Earn 2015 Horse of the Year Titles

PVF Peace of Mind (Jennifer Manderscheid)

Lexington, Ky. – On a night dedicated to the horse, two special athletes were recognized for their excellence in 2015 during the USEF’s Year-End Awards Gala. In a year that witnessed equestrian athletes excel, PVF Peace of Mind and Brunello reached the pinnacle of their sports and for their achievements were named International and National Horse of the Year, respectively. Voting was open to the public through January and both horses, already fan favorites, were rewarded for their tremendous results throughout 2015 with support from voters.

International Horse of the Year

PVF Peace of Mind (Statesman Signature x JPR Have Mercy/Saddleback Sky Pilot)
2007 Morgan mare
Owner: Suzy Stafford

PVF Peace of Mind, the charismatic eight-year-old Morgan mare, reached unbelievable heights in 2015 and has proven to be unbeatable with owner Suzy Stafford. In the carriage, in an astonishing feat of competitive excellence, “Hunny” won in each of her three FEI combined driving events this year, including the CAI2* Hermitage Classic in Goshen, Ky., the prestigious CAI2* Kentucky Classic in Lexington, Ky., and a second consecutive win at the CAI2* Live Oak International in Ocala, Fla. Most importantly, Hunny’s dominating performance in all three phases of competition at Hermitage earned her and Stafford the 2015 USEF Single Horse Driving National Championship by an incredible 14-point margin over their closest rival. Hunny has been undefeated in the dressage arena this year with Stafford. Demonstrating her versatility under saddle, Hunny was undefeated at First Level ridden dressage and crowned First Level Show Champion at the popular Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show this summer.

Brunello (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Brunello (Shawn McMillen Photography)

National Horse of the Year

Brunello (Breeding Unknown)
1998 Hanoverian gelding
Owners: Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd

Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd’s Brunello has been turning heads in the hunter ring with his signature style and consistent top placings for years. With Boyd in the tack, the pair has been a fixture in International Hunter Derby competitions since the program’s inception and scored their biggest victory in August when they won their third consecutive USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in Lexington, Ky. The pair won both the Classic Hunter Round and the Section A Handy Hunter Round on their way to securing this unprecedented victory.

From the USEF Communications Department

Goth Wins USEF Equestrian of the Year Title at 2015 Pegasus Awards

Elisabeth Goth (Howard Schatzberg)

Lexington, Ky. – To close out a year of milestones, Elisabeth Goth (Lebanon, Ky.) was awarded the Robert P. Strub Trophy as the 2015 USEF Equestrian of the Year at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner.

Goth enjoyed a standout year in 2015, starting with wins in the Grand Champion Five-Gaited, Champion Five-Gaited Ladies, and Champion Three-Gaited Amateur (15.2 and Over) classes at the Midwest Charity Horse Show in June. In July, she took home the Grand Champion Five-Gaited title at the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show. At the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, Goth earned three titles, including World Champion of Champions Five-Gaited Ladies, World Champion Five-Gaited Ladies Gelding, and World Champion Five-Gaited Ladies Mare, as well as Reserve World Grand Champion Five-Gaited. Her most successful outing was the UPHA/American Royal National Championship, where she won all but one of the five classes in which she competed, including the National Grand Champion Five-Gaited Ladies and National Champion Five-Gaited Ladies Mare divisions. In addition to the C. J. “June” Cronan Trophy, Goth won the 2015 Audrey Pugh Gutridge and UPHA Sallie B. Wheeler Distinguished Service Awards.

Nine equestrians were recognized for their competitive achievements in 2015 and honored with the following trophies:

Becky Grand Hart Trophy – Cheryl Van Deusen
Norman K. Dunn Trophy – Martha Rattner
C. J. “June” Cronan Trophy – Elisabeth Goth
Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy – Michael Damianos
Bill Robison Trophy – Misdee Wrigley Miller
Vaughan Smith Trophy – Bill Deeney
William C. Steinkraus Trophy – Laura Graves and McLain Ward
Emerson Burr Trophy – Liza Boyd

Visit usefnetwork.com to learn more about the 2015 USEF Equestrians of Honor.

Additionally, Helena “Lana” duPont Wright, who was first woman ever to compete on an Olympic Eventing team, was honored for her devotion to equestrian sport as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner with the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. Visit usefnetwork.com to see the video honoring Wright at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner.

2015 USEF Young Riders Saddle Seat Team member Cameron Kay received the Ruth O’Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as 2015 Junior Equestrian of the Year for her honor, courage, dedication, and sportsmanship.

The following equestrians were also honored for their service to the sport with many of the most prestigious awards bestowed annually:

USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award – Anna Ford of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award – Colleen McQuay
The Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit – W. Gary Baker, Veronica Holt, Lloyd Landkamer, Harry Sebring
Pegasus Medal of Honor – Bill Moroney, Ron Rhodes, Howard Simpson
The Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Award – Carl T. Fischer, Jr. and Lorick Stables
The Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy – Howard Simpson

From the USEF Communications Department

FEI Celebrated in Creative Sports Awards

FEI Solidarity was recognised at the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards when HRH Princess Haya, founder of FEI Solidarity during her FEI Presidential term, was presented with the Local Sports Figure award. (FEI/Tom Hoops)

Lausanne (SUI), 14 January 2016 – The winners of the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards have been honoured in Dubai (UAE).

HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN), FEI 2nd Vice President, member of the FEI Executive Board and President of FEI Regional Group VII, was awarded the Arab Administrator Award – Kingdom of Bahrain.

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, FEI Honorary President and Goodwill Ambassador, was also honoured, taking the Local Sports Figure award in recognition of her outstanding work as FEI President during 2006 to 2014, and for establishing the FEI’s global sport development programme, FEI Solidarity.

FEI Solidarity, launched in 2011 and inspired by the Olympic Solidarity model, is focused on providing opportunities for the next generation of athletes and all those working in equestrian communities around the world, so that local structures can be established to develop the sport.

The FEI was not the only International Federation to be recognised at the awards ceremony. The International Judo Federation, also with a base in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, was presented with the International Organisation Award for its efforts in bringing judo and its values to children in Syrian refugee camps.

“For the FEI, it is particularly gratifying to see FEI Solidarity recognised in the award to our Honorary President Princess Haya, and to see our 2nd Vice President Sheikh Khalid honoured. It is good to see their services and commitment to equestrian sport getting this recognition,” said Ingmar De Vos, FEI President and FEI Solidarity Chair. “Speaking on behalf of the international equestrian community, I would like to congratulate all the athletes, teams and sports institutions who put their hearts and souls into winning these awards. Sport is an essential part of our global society. The creativity we see in the sports industry is very exciting, with clear benefits to the communities we all live in and are looking to develop for future generations.”

A total of 180 entries were received for this seventh edition of the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Global Initiatives focusing on humanitarian, social and developmental strategies.

Media Contacts:

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
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Director Press Relations
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Hermès Is Looking for Winners

2015 Hermès Talented Young Rider Award recipient Emanuel Andrade.

In keeping with our long tradition of nurturing top riding talent, Hermès is proud to present the third annual Hermès Talented Young Rider Award. This special Hermès award program was established in 2014 to recognize the best young riding talent competing at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival.

The Young Rider Award and top prizes will be presented to the top ranking young rider under the age of 25 based on their accumulated points during the complete 12 weeks of WEF competition. Individual results will be aggregated from participation in FEI sanctioned classes only.

Each week, Hermès Young Rider Award standings will be displayed on Hermès orange leader boards located throughout the WEF grounds, and NEW for 2016 – the young rider in #1 position each week will receive a Hermès product prize.

Please visit James Sardelli in the Hermès Boutique at WEF to learn more. We look forward to seeing your name in the standings soon!

Hermès Celebrates 2016 Partner Riders!

Show Jumping
Simon Delestre
Daniel Bluman
Rodrigo Pessoa
Romain Duguet
Pilar Lucrecia Cordon
Lillie Keenan
Ben Asselin
Daniel Nielson
Nicolas Dello Joio
Laetitia Du Couëdic
Alexandra Paillot
Anne Kursinski

Dressage
Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl
Julia Chevanne

Eventing
Astier Nicolas
Victor Levêcque

About Hermès – Hermès was established in 1837 as a saddle and harness maker with ateliers on the Faubourg St. Honoré in Paris. Today Hermès maintains its passionate commitment to the Equestrian world providing a complete product range for the horse, for the rider and for the stable.

Please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information on the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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USET Foundation Awards Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Jenny Caras

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude at 2015 Fair Hill. Photo By: Shannon Brinkman.

Gladstone, NJ – January 6, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2016 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to eventing rider Jenny Caras of Cartersville, Georgia.

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund. In 2015, 19-year-old Caras, with her talented mount Fernhill Fortitude, took the eventing world by storm as one of youngest riders in the country successfully competing at the CCI*** and CIC*** level.

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund was established by Pirie’s family in her memory with the purpose of helping to provide financial assistance to an eventing rider who has been identified as a rider with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future. On January 15, 2015, Robert S. Pirie, Amanda’s father, passed away. It was Mr. Pirie that made the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant possible. Amanda meant the world to Mr. Pirie, and this was his way of keeping her memory and spirit alive in the eventing community. They will always be remembered through this grant.

The recipient of the grant is a person that will benefit from the opportunity of continuing their training with top coaches and competing against the world’s best horse and rider combinations in Eventing, one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines.

“It’s a huge honor. I was not expecting it at all,” expressed Caras. “It’s really exciting, and an honor that people recognize the horses that I have and they want to give me a shot.”

As the recipient of the grant, Caras will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year. Her main target will be to travel with “Forty,” an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, to the Bramham Horse Trials in England over the summer.

“That’s my big goal for the summer,” explained Caras. “I’d really like to use this grant to open up opportunities for me to get more training that I wouldn’t have necessarily gotten without it, especially in the show jumping because that’s my weakness. I’d like to use the money to go to jumper shows and get jumper lessons to supplement everything else that I’m doing.”

After earning the Team Gold and Individual Bronze medals in 2013 at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Caras and Forty began consistently competing at the CIC*** and CCI*** level in 2015. Competing against riders with much more experience, they placed sixth at Jersey Fresh and fourth at Bromont. She also won the Markham Trophy as the highest placed young rider in the United States that had not competed at the CCI4* level during Fair Hill International.

“I started working for Phillip Dutton last December, and we moved Forty up to advanced. He handled it like a pro,” Caras said. “Cross-country goes easily for him. He jumps it if at all possible, sometimes probably when it’s not! I had a really, really good year, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Phillip Dutton and David O’Connor. Leslie Law, the under 25 coach, helped me tremendously with Forty on the flat. I’m really excited for this year and hopefully we can keep things going in the right direction.”

Beyond continuing her education with Forty, Caras hopes to be a part of the U.S. team internationally during her career. “That’s what I’ve wanted to do since before I even knew really what the sport was about,” she laughed. “I knew that I wanted to go to the Olympic Games for Eventing. It’s just something that I’ve always been working toward, and hopefully someday it will happen. It’s opportunities like this that will make it more possible for me. I’m really honored to have received this grant, and I’m really honored that people believe in me.”

Thanks to the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Caras can focus on Forty’s training and preparing him for the right competitions to further his career as Caras aims toward one day representing the United States on the international stage.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386
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