Named 2002 USA Junior Equestrian Of The Year
Hoffman, 18, of Hastings, MN, has been named as the 2002 USA Junior
Equestrian of the Year. The presentation of the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith
Memorial Trophy will be made at the Pegasus Dinner, held during
the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting, January 15-19, at the Marriott
Griffin Gate in Lexington, KY.
The Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy was established in 1985
to honor a junior individual who exemplifies "exceptional
talent, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport" and has
made "outstanding contributions to equestrian competition."
A selection panel of six members, composed of representatives
of the different breeds and disciplines recognized by USA Equestrian,
is presented with a list of nominees and biographical information
provided by the nominee. Previous winners included; Lindsey Phibbs
(1997); Jill Prieto (1998); Emily Williams (1999); Sarah Willeman
(2000) and Reese Richey (2001).
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.