On Friday night, January 15, the United States Equestrian Federation announced its Pegasus Individual awards at a gala dinner held at the Lexington Center in Kentucky. Many of those honored included those that are lifelong horsemen. The following are the winners of these prestigious awards:
- USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award: Ann Ford
- The Richard McDevitt Award of Merit (awarded posthumously for meritorious service): W. Gary Baker, Veronica Holt, Lloyd Landkamer & Harry Sebring
- Pegasus Medal of Honor (presented to those who have exhibited outstanding service to the sport): Bill Moroney, Ron Rhodes & Howard Simpson
- The Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders’ Award (presented to those who consistently breed outstanding show horses): Carl T. Fischer Jr. & Lorick Stables
- Junior Equestrian of the Year Award/The Ruth O’Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy: Cameron Kay
- Sportsmanship Award/The Walter B. Devereux Trophy: Colleen McQuay
The Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy (presented for distinguished service to equestrian sport): Howard Simpson
Additionally 9 equestrians were honored for their 2015 competitive achievements as follows:
- Becky Grand Hart Trophy – Cheryl Van Deusen
- Norman K. Dunn Trophy – Martha Rattner
- C.J. “June” Cronan Trophy – Elisabeth Goth
- Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy – Michael Damianos
- Bill Robison Trophy – Misdee Wrigley Miller
- Vaughan Smith Trophy – Bill Deeney
- William C. Steinkraus Trophy – Laura Graves and McLain Ward
- Emerson Burr Trophy – Liza Boyd (for the third year in a row)
Two of the highest honors were presented at the end of the evening.
Winner of the Equestrian of the Year Award/The Robert P. Strub Trophy was a very happy Elisabeth Goth. This was done by a ballot vote.
Helena “Lana” DuPont Wright, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award with the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy, his signature cowboy hat recreated in silver. Lana was the first woman to compete on an Olympic Eventing team.
The USEF annual seminar continues through Saturday evening, January 16, with the Horse of the Year Awards.
For more about the USEF visit their website.