Receives FEI Award
William C. Steinkraus,
the first American to win an individual Olympic
equestrian gold medal, has been awarded the FEI Award for Dedicated and
Distinguished Services to Equestrian Sport. The trophy was presented by
the FEI President, HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón,
during the CSI-W
Wellington, Florida, on March 3, 2002.
Steinkraus was named
the American Horse Shows Association's (now known as
USA Equestrian) Horseman of the year in 1966 and was presented with the
Jimmy A. Williams trophy for Lifetime Achievement in 1993. This award
presented annually by USA Equestrian to an outstanding equestrian whose
lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to
sport of horse showing and whose equestrian career and horsemanship have
continually elevated the sport's excellence.
Steinkraus began his
illustrious career when he won numerous equitation
titles as a junior rider including the Adrian Van Sinderen trophy for
highest number of points in the AHSA Medal Class in 1940. He went on to
medal in four Olympic games, won two gold medals in the Pan American Games
and was the winner of more than 100 individual international competitions.
He has served on USA Equestrian Committees and is a past president and
chairman of USET.
William C. Steinkraus
joins His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh who received the first FEI Award for Dedicated and Distinguished
Services to Equestrian Sport late last year.
USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of
the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping,
and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian
competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 77,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide
each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating
and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate
at these shows.