USHJA Nominee Madeleine Genereux wins 2008 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award

December 3, 2008

Lexington, KY, December 3, 2008 – The United States Hunter Jumper Association nominee, Madeleine Genereux, was announced as the winner of the 2008 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award sponsored by Breyer Animal Creations. Genereux was selected for her outstanding commitment and passion to the equestrian industry and her impressive academic and community service record.

In order to be eligible for the award, Genereux was nominated by the USHJA after winning its Youth Sportsman’s Charter Award that recognizes youths who are dedicated to the sport and serve as role models for their peers. Genereux won the USHJA nomination after being named the Zone 6 nominee and was selected by the Youth Council from a group of outstanding candidates including: Julia Weiss, Zone 1 nominee, JP Roukis, Zone 2 nominee, Susan Wesley Wilson, Zone 4 nominee, Abby Lynne Maxwell, Zone 6 nominee, Jade Reimer, Zone 8 nominee, and Zazou Hoffman, Zone 10 nominee.

Genereux, 18, is an active member of the Minnesota Hunter Jumper Association and was nominated for the award by fellow member Gail Brandt. “She demonstrates grace, hard work, resiliency and commitment to the sport. She brings warmth and encouragement to those around her and is a wonderful role model for others,” Brandt said explaining why she and the MHJA unanimously nominated Genereux for the USHJA Youth Sportsman Charter Award.

Genereux began riding as a child and was showing by age nine. Throughout her riding career, she’s brought her own hunter up through the levels, from long stirrup to Junior Hunters receiving many accolades along the way, and has ridden numerous mounts for other MHJA members. Being able to catch rides benefited Genereux’s horsemanship and fueled her desire to pursue a competitive riding career.

As a freshman at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, Genereux said she learned early on the importance of hard work and setting goals. “I know my future service work will contribute greatly to the meaning and memories of my life.” In addition to her involvement with horses, Genereux was the captain of her high school’s gymnastics team and remains involved with numerous service organizations.

“Her dreams have always required a commitment of extraordinary levels. In horses, academics and gymnastics – doing well requires passion and perseverance. These attributes, Maddie has in spades,” Genereux’s mother Shannon Riley said.

The USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award is designed to develop youths to become leaders in the equine industry from all breeds and disciplines. The program provides an opportunity for the USEF to recognize outstanding youth members for their achievements. In its three year history, Genereux is the USHJA’s first nominee to win the coveted award.

In honor of her achievements Maddie will receive the USHJA Youth Charter Revere Bowl, presented at the USHJA Annual Meeting and a life membership to USHJA.

USEF will provide Maddie with the opportunity to attend a Career Workshop in Lexington, KY where she will meet the staff and observe the functions of the different departments within the Federation as well as meet and speak with professionals such as: lawyers, accountants, veterinarians, technicians, CEO’s, business managers, harness makers, and EMT’s (trained medical professionals) to learn about the wide range of opportunities within the horse industry. She will also receive a certificate, lapel pin and exclusively designed hat from the USEF, a trophy and a $1000 scholarship, to be paid to the educational program of their choice and a lifetime membership to the USEF, valued at $2500. For being named the overall national winner Maddie will automatically be nominated for the 2008 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award which will be named at the 2008 USEF Annual Meeting.

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