Christine McCrea Honored with 2012 Whitney Stone Cup from USET Foundation

The USET Foundation presented Christine McCrea (center) with the Whitney Stone Cup. Photo By: Phelps Media Group

Gladstone, NJ – January 30, 2012 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that Pan American Games Show Jumping Team and Individual Gold medalist Christine McCrea of East Windsor, CT, is the recipient of the 2012 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. McCrea represented the United States on numerous occasions in 2011 with her talented mount, Romantovich Take One, and earned Show Jumping’s Individual Gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games with five clear rounds.

McCrea was presented with the trophy during the USET Foundation’s benefit, “An English Country Evening”, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, on January 27, 2012.

“I am thrilled to win this award; it is such an honor for myself and my family,” expressed McCrea. “The Pan American Games were like a dream; it was incredible. On one hand it was unbelievable, but on the other hand it kind of wasn’t because I have that much confidence in my horse and I know he’s really that talented. He loves getting up and going to work every day, and when you have a horse with a character like that it just makes the whole process more fun and more exciting.”

In addition to McCrea’s success at the Pan American Games, she also represented the United States on six occasions during the Top League Series in Europe. She excelled throughout the summer with Romantovich Take One, completing six clear rounds. “I love showing in Europe and competing on a Nation’s Cup Team. I think it’s the highest honor for any rider,” she explained. “It was a little sad the way the Top League ended up for our country, but I know it wasn’t for lack of trying. Competing in Europe was amazing and gave me so much confidence.”

McCrea added, “George Morris and Lizzy Chesson were unbelievable, as was the whole team experience. Having that whole team and the USET Foundation behind you makes you really feel comfortable and you can focus on your job.”

In 2012, McCrea will be focusing on the 2012 London Olympic Trials at the end of March during the Winter Equestrian Festival. In addition to her talented horse, McCrea would like to thank her parents, Larry and Candy Tribble, and her husband, Jonathan McCrea, for their incredible support over the years.

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

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.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

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