USA Equestrians Of Honor Named
2003 USA Equestrians of Honor, finalists for the overall USA Equestrian
of the Year, have been selected by the U.S. Equestrian Honors Committee.
For the second year several divisional trophies will be awarded
prior to the voting which selects the overall Equestrian of the
Kappler, of Pittstown, NJ, is the recipients of the William C. Steinkraus
Trophy awarded to an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines
of dressage, eventing or show jumping. Kappler was a member of the
Gold medal-winning team at the Pan Am Games. His other wins throughout
the year include the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and
the $150,000 AGA Championship in Wellington, FL.
Becky Grand Hart Trophy, given to an equestrian competing in international
driving, endurance, reining or vaulting competitions, will go to
Cia Reis of Pennsdale, PA. She won the Pan Am Endurance Championship
where she was a member of the USA East squad, and her horse, Catch
A Wave, won the Best Condition Award.
Ames of Jordan, MN, will be awarded the Bill Robinson Trophy, given
to an equestrian competing in harness or for driving performance
in non-international competitions. Among his many accomplishments
in 2003 are: 1st Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Amateur
and Half/Anglo Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Amateur
the Region 10 Championship, 1st Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure
Driving Amateur at the Region XIV Silverama Championship, as well
as Champion Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Amateur at
the U.S. National Arab and Half/Arab Championship.
Emerson Burr Trophy for an equestrian competing in hunter classes
over fences goes to Scott Stewart of Flemington, NJ. With the horse
Chopard, owned by Krista Weisman, he was Grand Hunter Champion at
the 107th Devon Horse Show and the Washington International Horse
Show. He was named Leading Hunter Rider at the Pennsylvania National
and the Washington International Horse Show and won the 2003 Monarch
International's Show Circuit Magazine Professional World Championship
Hunter Rider title during the Capital Challenge.
Kiesner of Friendsville, TN, topped the list in the performance
in pleasure under saddle division and will receive the C.J. June
Cronan, Jr. Trophy. He was the Region 12 Champion in Arabian English
Pleasure, Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse and Half/Anglo Arabian
English Pleasure Junior Horse. At the 2003 U.S. National Arab and
Half/Arab Championship he was Champion Arabian English Pleasure,
Champion Arabian English Country Pleasure, Reserve Champion Half/Anglo
Arabian Park Horse and had three Top Ten awards.
Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy, awarded to an equestrian showing in
a non-reining western discipline, will go to Bob Hart, Jr. of Afton,
OK. Among many other accomplishments he was Region 12 Arabian Western
Pleasure Champion, Region IX Arabian Working Cow Horse Champion.
Hart was also Half/Anglo Western Pleasure Champion at the 2003 U.S.
National Arab and Half/Arab Championship.
Brown of Reva, VA, is the recipient of the Norman K. Dunn Trophy,
awarded to those competing in-hand or at halter. In 2003, Brown
received four 1st place ribbons at Devon, eight at the Upperville
Colt and Horse Show, four at the 2003 Lexington National Horse Show,
and had seven 1st place finishes at Warrenton. He was also awarded
the Belcort Farm Perpetual Trophy as leading handler at the 2003
Sallie B. Wheeler USAE National Hunter Breeding Championship.
2003 Equestrians of Honor, Kappler, Reis, Ames, Stewart, Kiesner,
Hart and Brown are now finalists in the voting for Equestrian of
the Year, to be announced and awarded at the Pegasus Awards Dinner
held during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting, Jan. 16, 2004, in
Los Angeles, CA. For ticket information contact Krista Greathouse
at 859-225-6961 or via email at email@example.com.