January 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:48

Winner's Circle

Eventing Stars

The United States Eventing Association convention saw several West Coasters receive nice recognition. Sarah Braun was presented with the Christine E. Stafford Eventing Groom Award. Sarah has worked for Temecula-based Hawley Bennett-Awad since August of 2011 and became her full time groom in August of 2012. Wilton-based Jennifer McFall received the $10,000 Rebecca Broussard Developing National Rider Grant and Petaluma-based Matt Brown received the $30,000 Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grant.

The Governors Cup is reserved for those who have given remarkable time and support for the betterment of the sport and the Association.  Former USEA chief Brian Sabo and the late, much-missed Candace Rice (California Riding Magazine, Oct. 2014) were among its well-deserved recipients.

A complete report on the year-end award recipients can be found at www.useventing.com.

Big Time Breeding Nods!

Congratulations to Tish Quirk on receiving The Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders’ Cup. This USEF honor recognizes an individual and/or breeding enterprise who consistently breeds outstanding performance and show horses. The award honors the role that good breeding plays in the development and improvement of performance and show horses.

It’s the latest of many awards for Tish, whose 30-year-plus program began when she imported the Dutch Warmblood Best Of Luck. His sons Just the Best and More Than Luck carry on their sire’s fine lines and have produced many stars for the hunter/jumper circuit.

In related developments, another Dutch Warmblood breeder, Kim von Disterlo in Somis, posted this great news on her Facebook page: “We received the official word today from the KWPN-NA office that Kimberlee Farms has earned the KWPN-NA Silver Level Breeder Achievement Award. The process of earning this award began in 1985 with the breeding of a young TB mare Aunt Jane to Best of Luck. Unknown to me at the time, this mare had super sport performance lines and with each foal she out-produced herself. I now have the third generation of her mare line producing exceptional offspring. Through her Best of Luck daughter, Irresistible preferent, her granddaughters and great grand children have made a huge contribution to this achievement, such as Zadira KF prov keur, Celebration KF ster, Epiphany KF ster, First Mate KF ster quality and National Reserve Champion Hunter Geldings, Gisela KF, ster and top 5 jumper mares, Helina KF 1st premium and National Champion Hunter 2 year olds, Holland KF 1st premium and top 5 jumper 2 year olds, and Jazz Balou KF 1st premium and top 10 jumper foals. Along the way I have been fortunate to add some very special mares to my program, including, the keur mare Pamina VDL, dam of the #4 jumper foal this year Jett Black by Karandasj. Now to start working on the points needed for Gold Level. Import from the USA!”

Instructor Super Star

Teresa Kackert received Instructor of the Year honors at the Certified Horsemanship Assn’s annual convention in late October. This award is given to an “instructor who demonstrates exceptional professional, safe, effective and rewarding lessons for their students,” says the association’s release. Nominations for the coveted award are submitted by students with testimonies.

Teresa has been a member of CHA for over 25 years and holds CHA’s highest level designation as “Clinic Instructor” for both standard english and western clinics. She is also a CHA Certified Equine Facilities Manager. She operates Great Horses Of America in Riverside County’s Menifee, a training, boarding and consignment operation that specializes in versatile family horses and sporthorses.

Tributes offered to Teresa included: “She is one of the most knowledgeable riding instructors I have ever known. She has an eye for seeing what we need to master so that we can keep making progress each time we ride. Her patient and subtle reminders while working with students are all part of her exceptional teaching abilities.”

“I have seen her give lessons to various age and experience levels of riders both in groups and individually, all the while keeping a calm, safe and positive learning environment. Her communication skills are clear and professional.”

“She is a consummate professional with excellent knowledge of both horses and people combined with an ability to clearly explain concepts to a variety of students. She has a great understanding of bio-mechanics of both horse and human and the ability to see something that is not working right and knows what solution it will take to fix it. Because she has ridden and trained so many horses, she has an innate sense to know what the student’s horse is doing and why and then help the student.”

“I am so honored to receive the instructor of the year award for 2014 from the Certified Horsemanship Association,” says Teresa.  “This organization has done so much to move our industry forward in such a positive and professional manner, I am privileged to be a part of it. Receiving this award was even more meaningful to me since this year (2014) is the Chinese Year of the Horse! I was ecstatic when I saw the award was a belt buckle since winning a belt buckle has always been on my bucket list! I am excited to be part of CHA now and into the future as certified instructors continue to improve the quality of instruction and help to ensure positive experiences for everyone involved in our amazing industry. Thank you CHA and everyone who makes CHA the incredible organization that it is, for all the hard work you have done, and for bestowing such a prestigious honor upon me.”

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