December 17, 2012–The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the winners of two prestigious awards in the discipline of Endurance, the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award and the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy. The awards will be presented at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards gala and dinner on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky.
Heather Reynolds (left) riding Riverwatch at the 2012 Longines FEI World Endurance Championship (Merri Melde)
The Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, sponsored by Gold Medal Farm, and Larry and Valerie Kanavy, is in memory of Maggy Price, who was the 1992 FEI World Endurance Championship Silver medalist instrumental in the development of international endurance in the U.S. The award is presented to the Endurance Rider Ranking List athlete with the most points earned in the competition year.
Heather Reynolds had a remarkable year claiming top honors at numerous endurance races in 2012. She began her year with a win at the Goethe Benefit Challenge CEI2* aboard her own Ta Tiran. Reynolds finished first with her husband Jeremy Reynolds’ Stirgess at the FITS 160 km race and came in fourth a month later at the CEI3* USA Team Trial riding her own Riverwatch. At the Zone Team Endurance Challenge, she finished first in two races on her own horses – in the CEI2* with Bound for Honor and the CEI3* with Chanses. Reynolds finished out her year of strong performances by representing the U.S. aboard Riverwatch at the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship, where the U.S. team claimed fourth place.
|McCamey Kimbler (SusanJStickle.com)|
The Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy is presented to the Endurance Rider Ranking List Junior/Young Rider athlete with the most points earned in the competition year. The Trophy is awarded in memory of Kathy Brunjes, who was a successful endurance athlete and an active supporter of the Junior/Young Rider program.
Seventeen-year-old McCamey Kimbler had a stellar year, starting off with a win in February at the FITS CEIJY2*, riding Jeremy Olson’s Noslo’s Banjara. Her success continued with an impressive showing at the CEI3* USA Team Trial, finishing in 19th place on Samantha Sandler’s Elliptic among the nation’s top endurance riders. Kimbler had additional wins at the Spruce Woods CEIJY2* on Kelsey Kimbler’s HV Cimmarons Goliath and at the Zone Team Endurance Challenge CEIJY2* on Kirsten Kimbler’s Fringant.
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