McDonald Awarded Whitney Stone Cup
NJJanuary 20, 2004 Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID, was
awarded the Whitney Stone Cup at the USET Foundation luncheon held
at the USEF annual convention in Los Angeles, CA. Each year since
1980, the Whitney Stone Cup has been awarded to an individual who
has achieved a distinguished record in international competition
while also serving as an exemplary ambassador for equestrian sports.
already ridden to one of the most distinguished careers in U.S.
dressage history, McDonald achieved an unprecedented honor in 2003
when she became the first U.S. rider to earn the title of World
Cup champion. Teaming with her well-known partner, Peggy and Parry
Thomass Brentina, McDonald won the World Cup championship
with an amazing score of 78.89% in the Grand Prix Freestyle in the
Final at Gothenburg, Sweden.
outstanding performance continued a run of record-breaking performances
by McDonald and Brentina. In 2002, they led the U.S. to its best
finish ever in a dressage World Championship, when they helped the
U.S. win the team Silver Medal in the World Equestrian Games in
Jerez, Spain. They also had the top individual finish by a U.S.
rider, placing fourth overall. McDonald and Brentinas success
together goes back to 1999 when they won team and individual Gold
Medals at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
joins an impressive list of previous winners that has included in
recent years, show jumper Peter Wylde, dressage rider Guenter Seidel,
driver Tucker Johnson and eventer Karen OConner.