February 2020 - Julia Stone & Nick Haness Shine at USEF Awards
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Saturday, 01 February 2020 18:41
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Julia Stone – Junior Equestrian Of The Year

Julia was awarded the Ruth O’Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2019 Junior Equestrian of the Year. A rider with the Elvenstar program in Moorpark, Stone was a finalist in the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, is a member of the US Equestrian Lettering Program, and participated in Interscholastic Equestrian Association competitions throughout high school.     


Julia Stone

She is a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., beginning her collegiate career with a $10,000 scholarship from Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association after winning their Horsemastership Scholarship Competition.

Nick Haness, 2019 National Equestrian of the Year with the Emerson Burr Trophy. Photo: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian

Nick Haness: National Equestrian of the Year

Haness, owner of Hunterbrook Farms in Temecula, has become a household name on the show hunter circuit, amassing an impressive record in 2019 and fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a successful, well-respected professional in the sport. Early in his career, Haness won the 2006 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - West, and also secured a fourth at the 2006 ASPCA Maclay Final, before going out to is own to start a now thriving business.

Haness has had tremendous success aboard Technicolor in the high performance hunter section, as well as with Verdict, who finished second in the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship with a total score of 578.5. After capturing the reserve championship in his USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship debut, Haness was the highest-placed rider of the Tier II combinations.

“Horses can be purchased, ribbons can be bought, [but] you cannot buy respect from your peers. 2019 was an incredible year and I am forever grateful,” said Haness. “This is a complete dream come true. I never dreamed in a million years that this moment would be my moment. Thank you to the horses that have been instrumental to my entire life. I am so grateful. This award means more to me than you can imagine.”