Fun Stuff From the USEF Awards Night

Monday, January 18, 2010

At the United States Equestrian Federation's Annual meeting people with a passion for horses, their sport, their discipline, their breed, come together to manage the business of their discipline and to honor those who have achieved success and made a difference.

In accepting the 2010 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award, Maxi Gumprecht told USEF members that the honor really belong to them for the support the organization gives to young riders. “I think you should all give yourselves a round of applause.”

In receiving the USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award, Nancy Koch, of CANTER, which works to find new lives for Thoroughbred horses, barely held back the tears as she gave credit to the network of volunteers who work endlessly on behalf of the Thoroughbred horse. “They have helped t o save over 12,000 horses.”

“I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I appreciate it so much. My only claim to fame is that I’ve probably been in the horse business longer than anyone in this room,” said Mrs. David Neil in accepting the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders’ Award.

“I feel a little out of place here tonight because the only thing I know about horses is that I’m allergic to them. That’s the God honest truth,” said Danny Tabor in accepting the Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit for his late father Glyndle Tabor. Also receiving the award was the late Sally Swift.

“The dinner has left me speechless. How do you thank so many people in so little time,” said Duane Esser in receiving his Pegasus Medal of Honor.

“I’m one lucky girl. I get up every day doing what I love and being around people I care about. I don’t know if it gets any better than that,” said Suzy Stafford in accepting the Becky Grand Hart Trophy.

“I think I should have gotten Max to write my speech,” said John French, winner of the Emerson Burr Trophy. He was referring to the creative speech of Junior Equestrian of the Year Award winner Maxance McManamy.

And speaking of McManamy, she likened her equestrian success to a dream played out in a movie with her later father and current horse playing the leading men and her mother as director. The creative approach was a hard act to follow.

“Those of you who know me, know that I’m a better horse trainer than speaker. So, I won’t bore you,” said Vicki Humphrey, winner of the C.J. “June” Cronan Trophy.