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Lexington, KY - Nominations for the 2013 USEF Pegasus Awards are open and the USHJA is seeking your assistance in recognizing individuals to be put forward as nominees. A short description of each award can be found below. Please submit any deserving individual(s) you feel merit being the USHJA nominee for any or all awards. The USHJA Executive Committee will select the nominees for each award to be submitted to the USEF for consideration.
Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit- This award is given posthumously for meritorious service to equestrian sport. Recipients of the USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor and the Jimmy A. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award are ineligible for this award.
Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award- Awarded to the horseman or horsewoman who exemplifies the ideal of good sportsmanship through commitment, dedication and service to USEF throughout his or her career.
The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award - The goal of this humanitarian honor is to spotlight the selfless dedication one individual or group of individuals has made, whether on a regional or national scale. From improving the health and welfare of the horse to promoting and expanding the general public's appreciation and respect of the diverse role of horses not just in equestrian sports, but also as aides to the general public. The recipient of this award will be someone who has devoted considerable personal time to make the lives and quality of life of our equine partners paramount.
The Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders' Cup- This award recognizes an individual who consistently breeds outstanding show horses. The award honors the role that unique breeding enterprises have in the development and improvement of show horses.
Junior Equestrian of the Year- Awarded to a junior member of the USEF in good standing who: has competed at one or more USEF-recognized competitions during the last year; personifies the virtues of honor, courage, patience, good temper, unselfishness, and sincerity; exhibits the qualities of good sportsmanship and integrity; exemplifies exceptional talent and dedication to the sport; and has made outstanding contributions to equestrian competition.
Equestrian of the Year/Equestrians of Honor - Awarded to the horseman or horsewoman who has excelled above all others in equestrian competition for the current year, while demonstrating superior sportsmanship and dedication to the principles, vision, and mission of the United States Equestrian Federation. There is no age limitation for Equestrian of the Year.
The winners of these awards will join the finalist for the 2013 Equestrian of the Year. Please nominate the individuals you feel have performed the greatest in 2013 in each of the three categories below:
William C. Steinkraus Trophy - Awarded for showing any horse or pony breed in international jumping competitions.
Emerson Burr Trophy - Awarded for showing any horse or pony breed in hunter classes-over fences.
Norman K. Dunn Trophy - Awarded for showing any horse or pony breed in-hand.
Horses of the Year/Horses of Honor - Awarded to the two horses that have excelled above all others in equestrian competition for the current year.
*Each USEF Recognized National or FEI Affiliate nominates one horse or pony per their representative breeds or disciplines.
The nominated horse or pony must be at least three-years-old. The nominee must have won a national championship, an FEI rated four-star competition, or medaled in an FEI continental, regional, or world championship in its respective discipline. (The only exceptions are Welsh Ponies, Connemara Ponies, and Hunters for which the Affiliate will set forth the criteria for their nomination.) Nominee must have competed in a USEF licensed or FEI competition in 2012.
All active USHJA members are encouraged to nominate for these prominent awards. Written nominations must include: award title; the nominee's name; the city and state of residence; supporting accomplishments and accolades; and any other information pertinent to their involvement in the horse industry.
Please note that only the Richard E. McDevitt award is given posthumously.
Nominations must be received in the USHJA office by October 24, 2013. Please submit nominations to Marla Holt or mail them to 3870 Cigar Lane, Lexington, KY 40511. Questions concerning these awards may be directed to Marla Holtat (859) 225-6710.
To see the full criteria and past winners for each award, please visit the USEF website.