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Steffen Peters Named 2011 USEF Equestrian of the Year
Steffen Peters, 2011 Equestrian of the Year, at the Pan American Games in
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January 13, 2011
From the USEF Communications Department
Cincinnati, OH - To cap off a record-setting year, dressage superstar
Steffen Peters added one more record to his resume on Saturday night at the
United States Equestrian Federation's Pegasus Awards dinner. He became the
first person to score the USEF's Equestrian of the Year title three times.
Peters (San Diego, CA) won the top honor in 2008 and 2009 based largely on
his accomplishments with Akiko Yamazaki's phenom Ravel - but in 2011, Ravel
had some help. Peters capitalized on his first trip to the Pan American
Games and scored Team and Individual Gold in a tremendous effort with Jen
and Bruce Hlavacek's Weltino's Magic. From California to Aachen, Germany
Peters was undefeated in 2011 with the now 9-year-old Westphalian gelding.
Both Ravel and 'Magic' scored at the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF
National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, NJ in September sweeping the
Grand Prix and Intermediaire I divisions respectively. Peters won all six
classes in the effort and secured his Pan Am spot with Magic in the process.
The trip to Mexico proved worth the miles as Peters and Magic dominated at
the Guadalajara Country Club. The competition was hard fought for Individual
honors but Peters led an American sweep. Heather Blitz and Paragon won
Silver while Marisa Festerling and Big Tyme secured Bronze. Peters also won
the William C. Steinkraus Trophy , awarded to an equestrian in an Olympic
discipline, for the third time. As a result, he was one of six equestrians
in the running for the USEF's top honor.
Listen to a portion of Steffen Peters acceptance: Steffen Peters Accepts
2011 Equestrian of the Year Award
The following awards were presented on January 14, 2012, at the Cincinnati
The Becky Grand Hart Trophy was presented to Four-In-Hand Driver Chester
Weber. The Becky Grand Hart Trophy is presented to international-level
non-Olympic athletes. Weber had a banner year with his team, winning four
CDEs in the in the United States. He took his team to Europe and won at CAIO
Veces, CAI Altenfelden and CAIO Riesenbeck. He was the Reserve USEF National
Four-in-Hand Driving Champion. Chester also spent a significant amount of
time serving as a chef d'equipe. He commandeered a Bronze-medal winning
performance at the 2011 FEI World Pony Team Championships and a 10th-place
U.S. Team finish at the FEI World Pair Championship.
Karen Waldron (Shawsville, VA) was awarded the Bill Robinson Trophy for her
diversity of success with Saddlebreds, Hackneys and Friesians. The Bill
Robinson Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing with horses or
ponies across all the breeds in harness or for driving performance in
non-international competitions. She won World Championships in two breeds -
including titles in the Amateur Ladies Harness and Hackney Pony World
Championships at the prestigious Kentucky State Fair's World's Championship
Horse Show. She also scored with World and Grand National Championships in
several divisions at the 2011 IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National
Scott Stewart (Flemington, NJ) picked up his fourth Emerson Burr Trophy for
his success in the Hunter Ring. The Emerson Burr Trophy is presented to a
rider in the hunter divisions in any breed over fences. He won Leading
Hunter Rider titles at the Devon Horse Show and Alltech National Horse Show
in 2011 and other top honors across the country. He consistently produces
and trains the best horses in the country and is renowned for recognizing
quality within his discipline.
For the first time, Debbie Foley's name will be added to the list of
equestrians to win the C.J. "June" Cronan Trophy. The C.J. "June" Cronan
Trophy is presented to those excelling in under saddle show breeds. Foley's
name has been synonymous with the breed she loves for more than 30
years. Foley (Louisville, KY) trained and showed Callaway's Annabel Allison
to the Five-Gaited Mare World Champion title. Under Foley's expertise,
Callaway's The Best and Brightest earned the Ladies Five-Gaited Mare World
Championship and Just Plain George won the World's Championship
Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class - all in 2011.
The Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy was awarded to Janice Giles (Pleasureville,
KY). This trophy is presented to an equestrian showing in a non-reining
Western discipline. She made huge strides for the Friesian breed in 2011
with Friesian Victor FC. He was crowned the International Friesian Show
Horse Association (IFSHA) National Champion Western Pleasure Open, National
Champion Junior Western Pleasure, and World Champion Open Western Pleasure.
Steven Stiller (Elkhorn, WI) won the Norman K. Dunn Trophy, presented to an
equestrian competing at halter or in-hand. A consistent showman, his results
from the 2011 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship were
record-setting. Over just two days he won five World Champion, two National
Champion, six Reserve World Champion, two Reserve National Champion, and 10
Top Five Champion titles.
The Vaughn Smith Trophy was awarded to Danielle Barrasso (Chicopee, MA) for
her success with Arabians and Friesians in 2011. The Vaughan Smith Trophy is
presented to the best rider of any horse or pony breed shown in hunter
pleasure, show hack, hunter hack, dressage hack, costume, side saddle, or
Western dressage. Barrasso won impressively with Klaas fan Synadea, Steffen
S, Renaissance and Hilbrand fan Fjildisah in 2011. She scored eight World
Championship titles and a National championship.
It was a banner year for these eight equestrians across the USEF breeds and
disciplines. The USEF membership, board of directors and designated
equestrian media voted to decide the winner.
James C. Wofford (Upperville, VA) collected Lifetime Achievement accolades
in front of legions of his fans. A lifelong servant and student of the sport
he was a multiple medal-winning eventing rider, coach, trainer, author, AHSA
president, administrator, broadcaster...and legend.
Learn more about Wofford by watching this video about his life: 2011 USEF
Lifetime Achievement Award Video Remembrance
Listen to his acceptance speech: James C. Wofford Lifetime Achievement Award
Jacob Arnold (Snow Camp, NC) picked up his laurels for Junior Equestrian of
the Year. One of the few young drivers in his sport, he has caught the
attention of many in his discipline for his ability and poise.
Learn more about Jacob by watching this video: 2011 Junior Equestrian of the
Read more about Wofford and Arnold here:
The USEF Youth Sportsman's Award was presented to Morgan enthusiast and
competitor Sascha Mills for her style and contributions both in and out of
the competition arena. She was nominated by the American Morgan Horse
More information about Mills is available here:
Raymond Francis, Nancy Nathanson and Marvin McCabe received Pegasus Medals
The McDevitt Award of Merit is awarded posthumously to people who have
passed away during the preceding competition year. In 2011 Johann Senn,
Cornelia Serpell and Art Gayan were honored.
Sportsmanship Award and Walter B Devereux Trophy was given to Georgine
Winslett in 2011.
The Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy is given, at the discretion of USEF
President David O'Connor, to honor distinguished service in equestrian
sport. The winner of this award is known only to the president until it is
presented and in 2011, O'Connor chose Howard Simpson.
USEF Equus Foundation Humanitarian Award was awarded to Molly Sweeney.
Read more about her life and volunteer work here:
Charles Dennehy, Elizabeth Searle and Edward Teater were added to Honor Roll
of Distinguished Officials for their service to equestrian competition.
Marty Simensen Memorial Trophy was awarded to Morgan Silver for her work
with the Florida Horse Protection Association.
Joan Hamilton, an acclaimed Saddlebred breeder at Kalarama Farm, was honored
with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Trophy.
Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award was bestowed to Dr. Margaret "Meg"
Sleeper for topping the USEF Endurance Rider Ranking List in 2011.
The reception before the Pegasus Dinner was made possible by Publishers
Press, and the Pegasus Dinner was sponsored by the USA Equestrian
Trust. Makes sure to check out all of the Annual Meeting Sponsors here:
On demand video from the Pegsus awards will be available here:
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.