Russell, Robertshaw and Kelley To Receive Honors At USHJA Annual Meeting

November 3, 2010

The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award and the inaugural Jane Marshall Dillon Award. Col. John Russell, Danny Robertshaw and Helen Kelley will be honored on December 7 at the USHJA Annual Meeting, Evening of Equestrians Awards dinner as this year’s recipients.

“The USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award honors those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of horsemanship and advancement of our sport. Col. Russell and Danny Robertshaw are exemplary candidates for this award. Through their passion for horses and dedication to equestrian sports, they have each created a lasting legacy and set an example for all horsemen and horsewomen,” said Bill Moroney, USHJA president.

Col. Russell, San Antonio, Texas, is no stranger to accolades as he is a decorated WWII veteran, a bronze medalist from the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki aboard Democrat, the first American to win the Prize of Nations in Italy, and a 2001 inductee to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

Robertshaw, Camden, South Carolina, a top hunter trainer for more than 30 years, has spent his life dedicated to the horse. In 1989, Roberstshaw became the first rider to earn championships in the Regular Working Hunters at Devon (Pa.), the Pennsylvania National, the Washington (D.C.) International, the National (N.Y.) and the Royal Winter Fair (Ont.) in the same year. In 2001, he was a USEF Equestrian of Honor, received the Emerson Burr Trophy and in 2008 received the USHJA President’s Distinguished Service Award.

This year the USHJA has created the Jane Marshall Dillon Award. This award recognizes the dedication of equestrian teachers within the hunter/jumper discipline who have devoted their lives to instilling the values of horsemanship, integrity and hard work in their students. The inaugural recipient is Helen Baker Kelley of Hagerstown, Maryland.

Kelley has spent her life raising, training, buying and selling horses as well as teaching people to ride, and about horses and horsemanship. She was the riding director and owner of the horses at Penn Hall, a girl’s preparatory school based in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, a role model who showed that the teaching profession is a respectable way to make a living, and known for owning horses of quality and imparting the belief that the horse came first. She once received a letter from Capt Vladimir Littauer congratulating her on her teaching methods following his judging of her pupils at a competition.

Moroney expressed his passion for this award and its recipient. “The Jane Marshall Dillon award was created to recognize the unsung heroes of our sport. Much like the award’s namesake, Helen changed and enriched the lives of countless students as she shared her desire to educate and a passion for the horse,” he said.

For more information about the USHJA Annual Meeting or how to attend the Evening of Equestrians, please visit our Annual Meeting page.

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