During the brief pause in the hunter/jumper show circuit, riders, trainers and families gathered in Las Vegas for year-end awards banquets during the annual gathering for Pacific Coast Horse Show Assn, USHJA Zone 10 and California Professional Horsemen Assn members. It is always a great time to catch up with friends and see everybody out of their show clothes and in some pretty glamorous get-ups. Most of all, the awards ceremonies are a great opportunity to reflect on the year's individual accomplishments and honor those who have made particularly outstanding contributions to the sport.
The CPHA Awards honored some wonderful horsemen this year, starting with Robert Ridland, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert is just getting started as the USET show jumping chef d'equipe, the post he took over from George Morris in 2013, and his resume before that is long and impressive. He represented the United States many times in his heyday as a rider and, as the head honcho at Blenheim EquiSports, has been instrumental in bringing high quality national and international competition to the West Coast. As a leader on various committees and over many years, he has helped strengthen and shape the sport in many ways.
Peggy Fackrell and John French's famous hunter Rumba were inducted into the CPHA's Hall of Fame. Serena Anand was awarded the Dan Abbey Sportsmanship Award and trainer Hope Glynn added a very distinguished honor to her crowded trophy case: Horsewoman Of The Year. Junior Achievement awards went to Molly Peddicord, Alexis Graves and Samantha Sommers.
Mr. Whoopy and Duncan McFarlane earned the PCHA's leading horse and rider honors this year and Bretton Chad earned that title in the Junior/Amateur division.
Congratulations to all these honorees and to the many other junior, amateur and professional riders who earned year-end recognition in all divisions.