To Receive USA Equestrian Sportsmanship Award
J. O'Connor of The Plains, VA, has been named as the recipient
of the 2002 USA Equestrian Sportsmanship Award. The Walter B.
Devereux Trophy will be presented to him at the Pegasus Dinner,
January 17, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington,
KY, as part of the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting.
USA Equestrian Executive Committee and USA Equestrian Affiliated
National Association Presidents and Executive Directors on the
USA Equestrian Board, submit nominations for the recipient of
the Devereux Award. The nominees are returned to the Executive
Committee and voted on by secret ballot.
USA Equestrian Sportsmanship Award is named for Walter B. Devereux
II, who served the AHSA for many years as an officer and director
during the 1960's and 1970's. O'Connor will join other distinguished
horsemen and horsewomen who have been recipients of the award,
including Ellin Dixon Miller, John Fritz, Judith Werner, Diana
Firestone, Victor Hugo-Vidal and William Munford.
Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the
U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions
nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including
educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates
who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian
sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.