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Kent Farrington and Tracy Fenney Named 2020 Equestrians of the Year

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 16, 2021, 10:16 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to share that Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) has been voted the 2020 International Equestrian of the Year and Tracy Fenney (Flower Mound, Texas) has been voted the 2020 National Equestrian of the Year by the USEF membership. Farrington and Fenney, along with many more outstanding equestrians, were recognized for their achievements during the virtual USEF Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards Celebration presented by Alliant.

Kent Farrington (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

International Equestrian of the Year

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.

Farrington capitalized on limited opportunities during an unconventional 2020 season, bringing home numerous victories, including a top finish aboard Gazelle in the coveted $213,300 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI4*, besting a competitive jump-off of 15 combinations. With a strong start to the season at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., Farrington set the tone early with win in the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Grand Prix CSI4* aboard longtime mount Creedance, before guiding Gazelle to a second-place finish in the $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5*. Most recently, Farrington has recorded several international wins aboard Kaprice, Creedance, and new mount, Orafina.

Tracy Fenney (Shawn McMillen Photography)

National Equestrian of the Year

Tracy Fenney 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.

Fenney campaigned MTM Animated and MTM Dippin’ Dots throughout 2020 in the Green Hunter 3’ division, posting wins including those at Ocala January Classic, Equifest I and II, Texas Rose Sport Horse Cup, Final Chase, and the championship at Showplace Summertime II.

With MTM Personal Assistant in the Green Hunter 3’3” division, Fenney brought home wins at the Ocala Winter Celebration, Showplace Summertime II, Equifest I, and the Texas Rose Sport Horse Cup.

Fenney has successfully trained and shown hunters and jumpers for more than 35 years, and has a long track record of producing exceptional green horses. She is the co-owner, trainer, and rider at MTM Farm in Texas, where she imports and develops outstanding sport horses for the hunter and jumper rings.

Sally Ike (Nancy Jaffer)

Six equestrians were recognized for their competitive achievements in 2020 and honored with the following trophies:

Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy – Colby Powell

Bill Robinson Trophy – Margy Cox

C.J. "June" Cronan Trophy – Joel Gangi

Emerson Burr Trophy – Tracey Fenney

Norman K. Dunn Trophy – Sandro Pinha

Vaughan Smith Trophy – Jonathan Ramsay

William C. Steinkraus Trophy – Kent Farrington

Sally Ike (Oldwick, N.J.) was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her more than 30 years of impactful service to US Equestrian and the equestrian sport. Ike has been an integral part of US Equestrian’s success and growth since 1989, working extensively with the USEF Sport Department. She has managed countless responsibilities and held numerous titles throughout her tenure, including Chef de Mission, Discipline Director of Eventing, Managing Director 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.

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Lucy Enns (Shelli Ford Photography)

Lucy Enns (Wichita, Kan.) was awarded the Ruth O’Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2020 Junior Equestrian of the Year. 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.

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The following prestigious awards are bestowed annually to equestrians for their service to the sport. This year’s recipients are as follows:

Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy: Murray Kessler

USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award: Brooke USA

Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award: Debbi Long

Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders’ Award: Oak Hill Ranch and Rollingwoods Farm

Pegasus Medal of Honor: Dr. Mark Hart and Richard “Dick” Miller

Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit:
Larry W. Alcorn
Carl Bessette
Steve Blauner
Gay Culverhouse
Carol Dean-Porter
Eve Lloyd Thompson
Patrick “Packy” McGaughan
Richard Petty
Kip Rosenthal
Lieutenant Colonel John William Russell

Watch the 2020 USEF Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards Celebration presented by Alliant in its entirety and hear from all of the award recipients on the USEF Network.

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