January 2018 - Winner's Circle
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:03

Avery Lambert. Photo: Tricia Booker / USHJA Archives

Avery Lambert

The USHJA’s Youth Leadership Award was presented to Avery Lambert of San Jose during the association’s December annual meeting. Twelve-year-old Avery currently competes in the large and medium-rated pony hunters, serves as an ambassador for The Paisley Pony Magazine, volunteers regularly in her community with her classmates, and holds a 4.0 GPA.

“She has demonstrated dedication to her academics and her horsemanship, and her sportsmanship, positive spirit and passion for helping others are what make Lambert the 2017 recipient of the USHJA Youth Leadership Award,” reported the USHJA press release.

Lisa Sabo celebrates her USEA Cornerstone award surrounded by her students in Sabo Eventing and the Newport Mesa Pony Club Riding School.

Area VI Eventers Receive National Honors


Several local equestrians received national recognition at the US Eventing Association Annual Meeting & Convention in Long Beach last month.

The 2017 USEA Adult Amateur of the Year, sponsored by Stackhouse and Ellis Saddles, went to Frankie Thieriot Stutes, of Northern California’s Occidental, for her successes riding the Chatwin Group’s Chatwin. She received the Col. Allen D. Smith Memorial Trophy and $1,000 provided by Stackhouse and Ellis Saddles.

USEA Cornerstone Award winner Sabrina Miller

USEA Cornerstone Award winner Kim Scheid.

The Courtney C. Reeves Memorial trophy is awarded to the young individual who exemplifies sportsmanship, the spirit of the sport, and who gives back to the sport. This year’s recipient was Mackenna Shea of Temecula. Tamie Smith described Shea as a wonderful ambassador for our sport, always there to lend a helping hand whenever anyone needs one and always approachable and kind. She recently became involved with Area VI Young Rider program to help give back to the sport and has volunteered over the years in both Area VII and Area VI.

The Cornerstone Instructor’s Award recognizes lower level instructors for their dedication to the fundamentals of educating well-rounded eventers. This year’s Cornerstone Instructor’s Award went to Lisa Sabo, of Newport Beach, Sabrina Miller, of Salinas, and Kim Scheid of Temecula.

John Marshall of Fresno was the recipient of the Andrew H. Popiel Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the role of event organizers and their commitment to the sport. Marshall is the owner and organizer of Fresno County Horse Park.

Tayler Ravenscroft of La Cañada/Flintridge was awarded the Christine E. Stafford Eventing Groom Award, which salutes the individuals responsible for the well-being of our horses. Working tirelessly behind the scenes, the groom is indispensable to both the competitor and above all, the horse. Tayler Ravenscroft grooms for Bunnie Sexton of Shepherd Ranch Eventing.

For more local eventing awards, see the Area VI Awards photos in this issue.

Amstel. Photo: Mary Cornelius

Amstel Aces The Test

Amstel, by the stallion Ace, from the mare Leticia by Levisto, was recently awarded the Riverson Award, presented to the top foal from the American Holsteiner Horse Association in the country. He received a 9 for type and an 8 for movement, for a 17 score. The stallion belongs to Abby Archer, who also owns Mandy Porter’s superstar Grand Prix horse, Milano. “The mare belongs to one of my friends, who recently retired from the sport early, and we just decided, ‘Why not?,’” Abby explains of Amstel’s origins. “He was bred and born at Wild Turkey Farm, in Wilsonville OR, where Barb Ellison and her team do an impeccable job.”

Samara Laine

Samara Laine’s Triple Play

Twelve year old Samara Laine scored a unique triple play at the end of this year’s hunter/jumper show season. She was the 2017 high point leader in the Cross Rails/Intro Rider section for the Los Angeles Hunter/Jumper Association, the San Fernando Hunter/Jumper Association, and the Tri-Valley Horse Show Association. She rides with Susie Postel at Foxfield in Westlake Village, is an active Interscholastic Equestrian Assn. team rider, and rides for La Reina High School’s Interscholastic Equestrian League squad. Kudos!

Lauren Billys & Gina Miles Receive SCES Grants

Local eventers Lauren Billys and Gina Miles were two of three recipients of the Southern California Equestrian Sports’ grant awards. East Coast-based rider Allison Springer received the biggest award grant with $2,750. Lauren received $1,500 and Gina, $750.

“As an organization we are proud to recognize this year’s recipients on their dedication to the betterment of equestrian sports across the United States and globe,” said President David Kuhlman. “Each of our 2017 award winners are very deserving and we are proud to support them.” The grants were awarded in recognition of their fundraising efforts and competitive success.

In addition to these monetary awards, aimed at facilitating SCES’s mission of understanding and assisting with the financial commitment it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sports, SCES takes pride in supporting organizers who make equestrian sports better for participants and all involved.

SCES is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping equestrian riders and organizers raise tax-deductible funds to compete in or support their national and international competitions throughout the United States. SCES is designed to help athletes and owners expand their financial resources to train and compete by allowing supporters to receive a tax-deductible benefit for contributions. SCES understands the financial commitment it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sports and therefore established an organization to help foster development and competition.

SCES will consider any equestrian or competition meeting the eligibility criteria, in any discipline that is nationally or internationally recognized, for grants. The seven FEI disciplines are combined driving, dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, and vaulting.

Edited press release provided by SCES. For more information, visit www.scesports.org.

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