Margie Engle Reaches USHJA Rider Recognition Program’s Elite $1 Million Club

Sponsored by World Equestrian Brands and Amerigo Saddles

June 24, 2009

Margie Engle, one of the winningest grand prix riders in the history of the sport, recently added another accolade to her long list of accomplishments. The Olympic and Pan American Games veteran reached the $1 Million Club of the USHJA Rider Recognition Program sponsored by World Equestrian Brands. The program was created in 2005 to track the overall, lifetime money earnings of professional hunter and jumper riders. Each year, total monies won are added and recognition is given to riders based on six levels of achievement - $50,000 Level, $75,000 Level, $100,000 Level, $250,000 Level, $500,000 Level and $1 Million Club.

Engle’s win aboard Tosca 290 in the Equestrian Sport Production’s Spring 5 $25,000 Plus Grand Prix in May pushed her into the elite $1 Million Club. Engle and the 9-year-old mare, owned by Hidden Creek Farm, Inc., bested 25 other entries to ride to the first place prize money. Hidden Creek Farm, Inc., an Oak Creek, Wisconsin-based facility, owns the majority of horses that Engle has ridden to her milestone including Quervo Gold, Pamina L, Coraya Z and Campella. Engle’s personal horse, Landini, a 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding, has also been instrumental in helping her reach the exclusive club.

“It means a lot to me,” Engle says of receiving the award. “I’m grateful to be riding at the level that I am and to be doing grand prix. I truly appreciate the recognition. The association is working hard and has created lots of new programs for the membership.”

Since the program’s inception in 2005, Engle has been a member of the silver medal winning 2006 U.S. teams at the FEI World Equestrian Games and Samsung Super League, ridden in the FEI World Cup and amassed 90 grand prix starts and 18 wins. For her accomplishment, she will receive a custom Amerigo Saddle and cooler from World Equestrian Brands.

Based in Wellington, Florida, Engle is the second rider to reach the highest level of achievement in the World Equestrian Brands/USHJA Rider Recognition Program. Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio was the first rider to reach the milestone last month, and Kent Farrington of Chicago, Illinois is close to becoming a member of the elite club.

The USHJA Rider Recognition Program is sponsored by World Equestrian Brands, a leader in the equestrian product market. Visit World Equestrian Brands website to learn more about the products it offers.

Information about the World Equestrian Brands /USHJA Rider Recognition Program and current rider standings can be found on the USHJA website. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Kristyn Kay.

Contact: Rachelle Wilhelm

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