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ASB Candidates Need Your Vote for 2011 USEF Horse/Equestrian of the Year

ASB Candidates Need Your Vote for 2011 USEF Horse/Equestrian of the Year

Dec 30, 2011

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Representatives from the Saddlebred world are included among the candidates for 2011 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year and Equestrian of the Year. Voting will end at Midnight [Eastern Time] on Monday, January 2, 2012, and it should be noted that voting for Horse of the Year does not require USEF membership.

Known as the USEF Equestrians of Honor, the list of distinguished candidates for Equestrian of the Year includes eight stars of equestrian sport, across breeds and disciplines, and each recently received a unique competitive trophy. These honors will be presented during the celebrated Pegasus Awards on Saturday, January 14 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Among these Equestrians of Honor are the following three American Saddlebred Exhibitors:

Karen Waldron
Shawsville, VA
Saddlebred / Hackney / Friesian

Karen Waldron. Howard Schatzberg photo provided by Karen Waldron.


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.

It’s quite the accomplishment to win World Championships within a breed, but when you make this kind of mark across a wide array of breeds, it takes things to an entirely different level. In 2011, Karen Waldron prevailed in both the Hackney and Friesian divisions.

With her Hackney ponies and horses, Waldron dominated the Amateur Ladies Harness and Hackney Pony World Championships at the prestigious Kentucky State Fair’s World’s Championship Horse Show. Turning her hand to Friesians, she also earned the 2011 IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National Championships in Carriage Pleasure Driving-Concours D’Elegance, Carriage Pleasure Driving-Working Pairs, and Carriage Driving-Turnout Pairs.

Debbie Foley
Louisville, KY

Debbie Foley. Doug Shiflet photo provided by Debbie Foley.

The C.J. “June” Cronan Trophy is presented to those excelling in under saddle show breeds.

The Saddlebred world has been influenced by Debbie Foley who has been an institution at the top since 1977. She has trained more than 100 World Champion title winners in a variety of divisions and she has ridden or driven 65 of those champions to victory herself.

In 2011, she continued her influence by training and showing 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.

Her influence on the industry is extraordinary, which matches the quality of horses she produces.

Janice Giles
Pleasureville, KY
Friesian / Saddlebred

Janice Giles. Rick Osteen photo.

The Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy is presented to an equestrian showing in a non-reining Western discipline.

A disciple of the great Helen Crabtree, Janice Giles has had success exhibiting a diverse group of horses and breeds. She has found her role as trainer to be the one in which she succeeds the most. She and her students won across the nation in 2011.

Giles introduced the lovely Friesian Victor FC to the show ring and 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. Her work with Victor FC has paved the way for the Friesian to gain popularity in the Western discipline.

The American Saddlebred is also represented among the candidates for 2011 USEF Horse of the Year, by 2011 American Saddlebred Horse Association Horse of the Year, CHThe Daily Lottery.

CH The Daily Lottery (Sultan’s Great Day x Callaway’s Lady Lottery)
2004 American Saddlebred Gelding
Owner: High Hickory Farm

CH The Daily Lottery. Brooke Jacobs photo provided by High Hickory Farm.

When it comes to the Five-Gaited division for Saddlebreds, CH The Daily Lottery was a jackpot payout in 2011 with an undefeated record among amateur competitors. From the string of Grand Champion titles at the UPHA/American Royal, Kentucky Fall Classic, Midwest Charity Horse Show, Bonnie Blue National, and the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, this impressive chestnut gelding dominated the scene like no other.

In fact, this has been the case well beyond this year’s competition calendar, as the seven-year-old has long been outperforming his competition in the show ring with his rider, Gabe Deknatel. Trained by John and Tammie Conatser, CHThe Daily Lottery is handsome, fast, beautifully big motioned – and seemingly invincible.

Voting is now open for both Horse of the Year and Equestrian of the Year. To vote for Horse of the Year, click here. And just as a reminder, you do not need to be a USEF member to vote for Horse of the Year; simply type in your email address to access the voting portal. To vote for Equestrian of the Year, click here. Voting will end at Midnight, Eastern Time, on Monday, January 2, 2012.

For more information regarding the Equestrian or Horse of the Year, or any of the candidates, contact Trisha Watkins, USEF Awards Manager, at (859) 225.6944 or tlwatkins@usef.org.

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