The Chronicle of the Horse
This week’s 2021 US Hunter / Jumper Association Annual Meeting began with the recognition of outstanding members dedicated to improving the sport at the annual Virtual Horse Riders Night.
On Saturday, USHJA President Mary Knowlton and MC Mike Lowry presented nine President’s Award for Distinguished Service to thank the outgoing chairmen of the zone committees and to thank them for their service: Fran Dotoli, Mark Leone, Oliver Kennedy, Patrick Boyle, Nancy Jones, Clare Warren, Kathy Hobstetter, Edward Glynn and Dana Eaton.
“I have the chance to see volunteers from all over the country and decide who really brought down the USHJA. This year I focused on our areas, ”Knowlton said. “We have so many of our zone presidents who have served long enough that they have been appointed presidents, and we want to focus on them. “
Dotoli, Chepachet, Rhode Island, is the past chair of the Zone 1 committee and the current chair of the USHJA officials training committee, earning her the 2020 Volunteer of the Year award for his work last year. This is Dotoli’s third President’s Distinguished Service Award after also being recognized in 2016 and 2018.
Leone, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, has been involved in the sport for over 45 years as a rider, trainer and owner. He has also served on numerous boards and committees including the North American Riders Group, the Chairman of the Zone 2 Riders Committee and as an athlete representative for the United States Olympic Committee.
Kennedy, Brookeville, MD, was for many years Chairman of the Zone 3 committee. He is the owner of ESP Farm and the Capital Challenge Horse Show, as well as an FEI Level 3 Show Jumping Judge and Jumping Judge. USEF R-rated obstacles. He has been involved in numerous USHJA Boards and Committees, including serving as Vice President of the Zone Jumper Council, and a member of the USHJA Board of Directors, the Competition Management Committee and Moreover.
Boyle, Hampshire, Ill., Plays many roles in the USHJA, including years as the Zone 5 committee chair. During this time he was instrumental in supporting opportunities for members. , scholarship competitions. In 2018, he received the USHJA Volunteer of the Year award for his contribution to the planning and success of the inaugural USHJA National Championships.
Jones, Little Rock, Arkansas, has been involved in the sport for over 40 years as an owner and R-rated judge for hunters, hunting horseback riding, horse riders and hunter breeding. Representing Zone 7, she has been active on the committee for many years, encouraging participation in USHJA programs and creating opportunities for members.
Warren, Bellevue, Wash., Served as Chairman of the Zone 9 committee. She has been involved in the industry for over 50 years and operates Archway Equestrian with her partners. She is also a certified USHJA trainer and is part of the USHJA Pony Task Force. She received a Local and Regional Riding Instructor Award from the USHJA in 2008.
Hobstetter, Costa Mesa, Calif., Served Zone 10 as a co-chair and spent many years giving back to the sport as a long-time member and past chair of the Zone 10 Hunter Committee, winning a Distinguished Service award of the president of the USHJA in 2011.
Glynn, Petaluma, Calif., Served Zone 10 as the co-chair. He is a rider and trainer and was previously co-chair of the Zone 10 Rider Committee. Hobstetter and Glynn have both been an integral part of the committee and supporting members in the zone.
Eaton, Anchorage, Alaska, chaired the Zone 12 committee and was actively involved in supporting USHJA programs in the zone. She trains horses and students at the Eaton Equestrian Center, founded by her mother with her sister, Britta.
This year Volunteer of the year prize was awarded to Jill cornforth, Fairbanks, Alaska, the new chairman of the Zone 12 committee.
“There’s a saying that goes ‘when the going gets tough, the toughest go’, and tonight’s Volunteer of the Year is definitely the epitome of that statement,” Knowlton said. “Jill Cornforth took action when I realized we weren’t going to have a nominating committee for Area 12 — Alaska — because there weren’t enough people to sit on a nominating committee. nomination. Jill took matters into her own hands – she worked diligently, she got names, she interviewed people, she had all the dynamic Alaskan spirit and single-handedly made sure that our governance committee had the right people to consult.
the J. Arthur “Bucky” Reynolds, II Award of Merit, which is awarded posthumously for meritorious service to equestrian sport dedicated to the advancement of the disciplines of hunter / jumper or hunter breeding, recognized Franck Willard and Kenneth wheeler.
Willard was an esteemed R-rated judge by USEF, presiding over many prestigious events in his time in the judges’ booth. He has also helped many top runners collect tricolor flags through his Deep River farm in Oak Ridge, NC, which he succeeded his grandfather in the 1970s and proudly held. passed on to his daughter, Caroline.
One of the namesakes of the USHJA Wheeler Museum, “Kenny” Wheeler was a legend in the sport alongside his late wife Sallie, together winning the American Horse Shows Association Award of Excellence in 1999. From Cismont Manor Farm to Keswick , Virginia, he has bred, trained and shown many AHSA / USEF National Champions and Grand Champions of the Horse of the Year, earning a place in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.
the William J. Moroney Visionary Award, which honors an individual, group, organization or business seen as a source of inspiration, influence and integral to the advancement of the disciplines of hunting and show jumping, was presented at Knowlton by Lowry.
Knowlton has dedicated herself to the sport of hunting / jumper in governance as well as her own operation, Knightsbridge Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey. In addition to being USHJA President since 2016, Knowlton sits on numerous USHJA committees and is President of the USEF National Breed and Disciplinary Council. In the barn, Knowlton has been an industry professional for over 40 years and is a certified USHJA trainer, training riders of all levels, from beginners to national level competitors. She is also a USEF Licensed Official, R-rated Hunting Riding and Hunting / Show Jumping Judge, and R-rated Show Jumping Judge.
Daniel Geitner, from Aiken, South Carolina, is this year’s award recipient Dash for Cash Award, which recognizes the rider who has won the most prizes in the $ 25,000 to $ 40,000 Grand Prix events held as a featured rider event in USEF licensed competitions.
Saturday’s awards show also honored the award recipients based on previously announced nominations.
the USHJA Prize for all of his achievements, Who honors members whose lifelong commitment to sport has benefited the industry, has been awarded to David Distler, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Carleton brooks, Encinitas, California.
Dr Laurel Blakemore, Williston, Fla., Received the USHJA Award for Amateur Sportsmanship. The award recognizes an amateur owner or an adult amateur exhibitor who demonstrates excellence and integrity by supporting the sport, his fellow competitors and by donating his time.
the Ms. AC Randolph Owners Legacy Award, which recognizes past or current owners who have been loyal patrons of the industry creating a legacy of giving back to the sport through their dedication and support, was awarded to Samuel “Alex” Boone, Lexington, Kentucky.
Nancy whitehead, Richmond, Illinois, received the Jane Marshall Dillon Award, which rewards riders who have dedicated their lives to teaching and coaching riders starting their hunter / jumper training.
the Vital Horse Show Staff Award honors the sport’s support staff, whose role is essential to the success of hunter / jumpers competitions. The East Coast recipient was Daniel mccarthy, Clayton, Michigan, and the West Coast winner was Chris king, Pacific Beach, Washington.
Each year, young riders from each discipline apply through their affiliated organizations to be considered for the USEF National Young Athlete Award. Nominees demonstrate continued commitment and dedication to USEF and USHJA by promoting equestrian sport, demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship and serving as a role model for their peers. On Saturday, the USHJA appointed Carlota Goyeneche, Key Biscayne, Fla., As the organization’s nominee for the USEF Annual Award.
Ryder richardson, Parker, Colorado, is the winner of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award, which identifies potential future leaders in the equine industry and rewards junior members for their achievements.
the Licensed official emeritus honorary distinction, for those licensed officials who have dedicated their lives to officiating our sport and who have subsequently retired, was handed over to Judy Richter, Bedford, New York; Pauline “Cookie” Cook, Katy, Texas; and Eleanor woodward, Germantown, Tennessee.
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