International Equestrian of the Year

Kent Farrington

Kent Farrington is one of top jumping athletes in the world, consistently producing dominant results in the United States and abroad year after year. Farrington’s roots in equestrian sport were seeded in Chicago, Illinois, where he began riding at the age of eight. He quickly made his mark, ascending through the junior ranks before turning professional in 2000. He has since gone on to represent the United States at numerous international championships, including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games. In 2019, he became the first U.S. rider to win the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen and the International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in the same year...

Read More

National Equestrian of the Year

Tracy Fenney

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, might be known for her winning results in the jumper ring. But she’s had plenty of success in the hunter ring over the course of her career, including a notable win in 2017 at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at HITS Ocala with MTM Outbid. 2020 brought an impressive list of victories for Fenney, especially in the green hunter classes...

Read More

Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy

Colby Powell

Colby Powell is just 26 years old, but he already has become a highly sought-after Arabian horse trainer, earning numerous national championships himself and for his clients. The 2020 U.S Arabian and Half-Arabian National Championship Horse Show was no exception. Powell earned four national championship titles in the Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity, Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Reined Cow Open, Arabian Ranch Horse Riding Junior Horse, and the Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Ranch Horse Riding Junior Horse classes. His win in the Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity at U.S. Nationals was particularly impressive considering the stiff competition from top entries like Gordon Potts, Jody Strand, J. T. Keller, and his own mother, LaRae Fletcher Powell...

Read More

Bill Robinson Trophy

Margy Cox

Margy Cox has excelled at recognized competitions for many years, and the carriage pleasure driving discipline is her forte. She has consistently earned Top 10 results since her first Arabian and Half-Arabian Sport Horse National Championship Horse Show in 2013. Cox’s performance at the 2020 Sport Horse Nationals in Nampa, Idaho, resulted in two wins in the Arabian/Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Carriage Pleasure Driving Working National Championship and the Arabian/Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Carriage Pleasure Driving Pick Your Route National Championship...

Read More

C. J. June Cronan, Jr. Trophy

Joel Gangi

Joel Gangi is an Arabian horse trainer and breeder who manages Boisvert Farm in West Baton Rouge Parish, La., with Amanda Purdin Standish and Rhein Standish. Gangi competed at the 2020 U.S Arabian and Half-Arabian National Championship Horse Show, earning one national championship in the Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Country English Pleasure Open and one reserve championship in the Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse. He also secured five Top 10 placings at the competition in the Arabian English Performance Association $50,000 Half-Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity, AEPA $100,000 Arabian Saddle Seat Futurity, Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Park Open, Arabian Country English Pleasure Futurity, and the AEPA Saddle Seat Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Futurity...

Read More

Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders’ Cup

Oak Hill Ranch

Richard Freeman of Oak Hill Ranch has focused on breeding top-quality dressage horses for amateurs and professionals for almost 30 years. With a focus on Danish Warmbloods, Oak Hill Ranch has produced some of America’s top-ranking national horses for dressage and dressage sport horse breeding, including Paragon, Montana, Regiment, and Duke of Tryon. In total, Oak Hill Ranch has produced over 200 foals since the program started in 1992...

Read More

Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders’ Cup

Rollingwoods Farm

Dr. Ruth Wilburn, a veterinarian known by all as “Dr. Ruth,” has a deep passion for ponies and for generously supporting many organizations that improve the lives of Welsh cobs and ponies, strengthen sport governance, foster veterinary medicine, and help her local community thrive. Ruth also is an active competitor in Welsh/USEF shows in pleasure driving...

Read More

EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award

Brooke USA – Lexington, Ky.

Brooke USA, the sister organization to Brooke and founded in 1930 by Dorothy Brooke, is best known for improving and advocating for the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need...

Read More

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sally Ike

September 1, 2020, marked the end of an era for US Equestrian as Sally Ike, who has been with the organization for nearly 30 years, transitioned from her post as Managing Director of Licensed Offi-cials and Education into an independent contractor role. Sally has been an integral part of US Equestrian’s success and growth since 1989, working extensively with the USEF Sport Department for more than three decades. She has managed countless responsibilities and held numerous titles throughout her tenure, including Chef de Mission, Discipline Director of Eventing, Managing Direc-tor of Jumping, and Director of Vaulting Activities. She also served as the jumping team leader for every Olympic Games, Pan American Games, FEI World Equestrian Games, and FEI World Cup Finals from 1990 through 2008...

Read More

Norman K. Dunn Trophy

Sandro Pinha

Sandro Pinha has owned and operated Arabians International in Scottsdale, Ariz., with partner Gil Valdez since 2010, producing numerous Arabian horse halter champions throughout the years for an array of loyal owners and supporters. Pinha, born and raised in Brazil, spent his youth learning from the best at Haras Capim Fino, one of the premier Arabian horse breeding and training centers in Brazil. Known for his world-class management and horsemanship skills, Pinha has become a household name in the U.S. after capturing his first national championship in 2010 with El Nabila B...

Read More

Pegasus Medal of Honor

Dr. Mark Hart

In a year where timely and trustworthy public health information became even more important than usual, Dr. Mark Hart has been an invaluable resource to the USEF and the equestrian community at large. Dr. Hart is a board certified, practicing cardiologist based in Portland, Ore. He entered the horse world when his daughter started eventing, and has remained an active member of the community since...

Read More

Pegasus Medal of Honor

Richard (Dick) Miller

Dick Miller was first introduced to the Paso Fino breed in the 1980s, and nearly 40 years later, he is still riding and competing at top horse shows around the country. He has owned more than 130 Paso Finos, competed in more than 3,000 classes, and won more than 85 national titles. He competed in the Mundial World Championships four times and showed all over the U.S., England, Germany, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Carl Bessette

Carl Bessette was always the picture of equestrian elegance; tall, slender and impeccably turned out. He was a horseman who emphasized the classical approach with no shortcuts. He took his last ride on Father's Day in June, wearing his usual polished boots and spurs, according to M. Douglas “Dougie” Mutch, who noted he was still able to demonstrate the skills that made him such an out-standing horseman and teacher...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Carol Dean-Porter

Carol Dean-Porter developed a passion for horses at an early age and left a lasting legacy. For more than 40 years, she was the professional hunter-jumper rider and trainer at Carol Dean-Porter Stables in Los Angeles, California. As a rider, Carol successfully competed several jumpers to wins at the international level...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Eve Lloyd Thompson

Eve Lloyd Thompson’s love of horseback riding and animals led her to a varied and interesting life. She competed in competitive trail riding, saddle seat, hunters, jumpers, and dressage. Eve also owned racehorses, bred horses, and fox hunted. She was a graduate of Cornell University with a Zoology major...

Read More

Photo credit: Larry Williams Photography
Gay Culverhouse

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Gay Culverhouse

Dr. Gay Culverhouse—a leading Paso Fino amateur competitor, highly active member of the Paso Fino Horse Association, and the CEO of Aquarian Show Horses—was also a champion of safety in sport. In her professional life, Gay was an educator who specialized in child psychiatry. She also served for nearly a decade, first as a senior executive and later as team president, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during her father’s ownership of the National Football League team. She became an outspoken and effective advocate for player health and safety, and particularly for players with brain injuries. Gay's actions and interest in sport safety and brain injury also extended to the equestrian world, where she was a generous financial supporter. Her work on concussion issues also has greatly benefited athletes in equestrian sport...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Kip Rosenthal

Kip Rosenthal’s many contributions to the hunter jumper world are a testament to her wide-ranging talents and areas of expertise. She was a successful rider in her own right who went on to train horses and riders to the top of the sport. She was a USEF “R” judge who officiated at several major hunter and equitation finals, as well as donating her time as a member of USEF committees. She held a Ph.D. in adolescent clinical psychology, and focused on sports psychology to help junior, amateur, and professional athletes perform at their best...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Larry W. Alcorn

Larry Alcorn had a deep appreciation for horsepower in its different forms. He enjoyed cars and cherished the time he spent with his son going to racetracks and car shows. Larry loved horses and he treasured spending time with his wife Kelly competing sport-horse Arabians...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Lieutenant Colonel John William Russell

Lieutenant Colonel John William Russell served in the mounted 104th Cavalry of the National Guard during World War II, fighting in Africa, Italy, and Germany. He received a Purple Heart, the Soldier’s Medal, and two Bronze Service Stars, amongst other awards. While John was in the U.S. Army, he competed in his first Olympics Games in 1948 in London, England. He returned for the 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki, Finland, and he and his horse, Democrat, were part of the bronze medal-winning jumping team. John was also the first foreigner to win the Hamburg Spring Derby while riding a Texas-bred Quarter horse named Rattler...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Patrick McGaughan

Patrick “Packy” McGaughan was a lifelong member of the American eventing community. As a rider, he achieved the national spotlight as a competitor at the North American Youth Championships. He was recruited by U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe Jack Le Goff to train with him at the U.S. Equestrian Team Center in South Hamilton, Mass., in the early 1980s...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Richard Petty

Richard Petty spent much of his career as a dedicated judge for many breeds and disciplines, but he got his start in the industry working with the Arabian horse in the 1970s. During his tenure as an Arabian horse trainer, Petty earned numerous National Top 10 honors in the U.S. and Canada, as well as National and Reserve National Championships in Halter, Western Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, and English Pleasure. Petty held nine judges cards, earning his first in 1979 for the Arabian breed, and judged prestigious competitions across the U.S. and internationally...

Read More

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit

Steve Blauner

Steve Blauner was an amateur rider and longtime supporter of equestrian sports, especially eventing. He was a dedicated owner for Boyd Martin and Doug Payne. As a proponent of the syndicate model of ownership for high performance horses, he was part of syndicates that owned six horses that represented the U.S. at Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, and Pan American Games...

Read More

USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year

Lucy Enns

Lucy Enns has participated in the equestrian industry both in the arena and in its governance. Enns was a finalist in the American Morgan Horse Association Youth of the Year contest in 2019 and 2020 and currently serves on the AMHA Youth Council as Vice President of Central Region. She is an accomplished young driver, earning five top-10 finishes with her mare Mabelene at the 2020 Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show. She has also tried her hand at officiating, participating in multiple AMHA youth judging clinics. Enns started at Friends University in Wichita, Kan., this past August and intends to start her own Morgan breeding program in the future...

Read More

Vaughn Smith Trophy

Jonathan Ramsay

Jonathan Ramsay is an Arabian horse trainer at Stachowski Farms in San Marcos, Calif., specializing in training young horses and amateur and junior riders. He has garnered many accolades over the years, and 2020 was no different, with numerous top-10 results on the Arabian show circuit. Ramsay claimed three Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian championship titles in Country English Pleasure, Country Pleasure Driving, and English Pleasure at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. He found continued success at the Arabian Horse Association Region 2 Championships, earning top honors in the Arabian English Show Hack Championship, Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian English Show Hack Championship, Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship, and Arabian Park Championship. Next, he took home the Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship at the Arabian & Half-Arabian Youth and Mid-Summer National Championship, plus three more championship titles at the Arabian Horse Association of Southern California Purebred & Half-Arabian Fall Show. Ramsay closed out 2020 by finishing in the top three in 16 different championship and futurity classes at the U.S Arabian and Half-Arabian National Championship Horse Show...

Read More

Walter B. Devereux Award

Debbi Long

Debbi Long, trainer and owner at Long Farms, grew up in Pasadena, Calif. She made her mark in the hunter/jumper world as a “do-it-yourselfer.” She found young or inexpensive horses, trained them, and sold them, building a solid foundation of exceptional horsemanship that ultimately led her to develop Long Farms in Boise, Idaho. As she once said, “The satisfaction of winning is sec-ond to the joy of hard work and process.”...

Read More