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USA Equestrian
Equestrian Community Loses Another Legend

Victor Hugo-Vidal, 68, of San Juan Capistrano, California, passed away in the early morning on Saturday, August 3, 2002. He was the 1951 Champion of the AHSA Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals and Reserve Champion of the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals. In 1971 he was named as the AHSA Horseman of the Year, in 1991 the California Professional Horseman's Association Horseman of the Year and in 1996 was awarded the Walter B. Devereux Trophy for the AHSA Sportsmanship Award.

Hugo-Vidal trained a large number of students that competed in the AHSA Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals and his students retired the Hunt Team Trophies at both the National Horse Show and the Devon Horse Show and, along with Elaine Shirley Watt, was a key player in the success of Connecticut Yankee, as the horse competed for the United States at the 1956 Olympics in Helsinki. He managed Cedar Lodge Farm in Stamford, CT in the 1960's, producing numerous AHSA Champions such as General C and GoodBoy Dee. For many years Victor announced and was known as "the voice" of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Some of the AHSA Committees he served on were, the Hunter Seat Equitation Committee, the Licensed Officials Committee, and the Drugs & Medications Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He has held AHSA judges licenses in Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Hunter Seat and Saddle Seat, and was an "S" Dressage judge. These are just a few of the accomplishments of this renowned horseman.

He is survived by two sons, Ross and Christopher, and 3 grandchildren, Victoria, Spencer and Virginia.

A celebration of Victor's life is planned for Tuesday, August 13, at 4:00 pm at The Oaks in San Juan Capistrano, California.

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 80,000 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.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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