For Equestrian Of The Year
Equestrian members are invited to participate in the selection
of the 2002 USA Equestrian of the Year. All 2002 and 2003 members,
and cast your ballot for one of the eight Equestrians of Honor
who are the finalists for this distinguished award. The voting
will close Wednesday, January 8.
O'Connor (Eventing) and Peter Wylde (Jumping) will be representing
the Olympic disciplines as co-winners of the William C. Steinkraus
Trophy; in the international non-Olympic disciplines vying for
the Becky Grand Hart Trophy, Fred Merriam (Driving) is the winner;
the Bill Robinson Trophy, awarded to an equestrian competing in
harness or driving in non-international competition, is awarded
to Mary Gaylord McClean (Saddlebred/Hackney/Roadster); the Emerson
Burr Trophy for outstanding annual achievement in hunter classes,
in any breed, over fences goes to Peter Pletcher Hunter); Robin
Ratliff (Paso Fino) is the recipient of the C.J. "June"
Cronan, Jr. Trophy awarded in performance or pleasure under saddle;
the Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy for outstanding annual achievement
in non-reining Western competition goes to Eitan Beth-Halachamy
(Morgan); and the Norman K. Dunn Trophy, a new award for 2002,
awarded to those competing in-hand or at halter, goes to Kenneth
Wheeler (Hunter Breeding).
2002 USA Equestrian of the Year will be announced Friday, January
17, at the Pegasus Dinner held during the USA Equestrian Annual
Meeting at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, KY.
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.