USEA and FEI Year End Leaderboards 2019

Photo: Shannon Brinkman for the USEF

As we’re nearing the end of the year the USEA and USEF are finalizing all of the points and leaderboards from the year. Obviously we’ve had a fantastic year with the eventing horses at Windurra. We’ve had so many good horses perform so well, it’s hard to mention them all, but we’ve had some outstanding results. A couple big results that come to mind would be Chris Turner’s Tsetserleg winning double gold for the USA at the Pan Am Games  in Lima and finishing second at Kentucky; Ray Price winning the four-star long format at Bromont, in Canada, since I’d never won that one; and Long Island T winning the Advanced Championship at the American Eventing Championships in Kentucky. Winning the Arena Eventing at Devon riding my old friend Contestor, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, was also a real highlight.

Once again I received the Rider of the Year Award, which is a great honor. Tsetserleg was the Reserve Advanced Horse of the Year, and my assistant Mike Pendleton also had a great year and topped the Preliminary leaderboard. A big thanks to the US Eventing Association. They’ve really fueled my career and not do a great job putting on events year-round, their convention and awards are a real highlight at the end of the season.

We’ve had a bunch of young horses coming through and the 2020 season looks promising if everything comes to plan.

Obviously to achieve mega results like this it’s so much more than me sitting on the horses; I’m very blessed to have one of the best groups of owners and supporters backing me. I believe a lot of recent success is due to the quality of the horses getting so much better. The owners have really put full faith in my selecting the horses and producing them in our own system. We also have an incredible group of staff led by Manager and Groom Steph Simpson, and Mike Pendleton has really blossomed this year and it’s great to see him riding at the top of the sport with Steady Eddie. There are too many people to mention but I have a great appreciation for the loyalty Bradley Champagne and Joe Bowersox have shown, working for me for many years now.

In eventing there are immense highs and lows. This year I found myself in a fair few hospital wards and physio centers; I broke my collarbone early in the year, had a bit of back trouble and then fractured my pelvis and tore my groin muscle. Considering this I’m even more proud of the results because there were a number of events we couldn’t compete in. I’ve been given the all clear to slowly get back into it; just this week I’ve started doing some light flat work and I should be back in full fitness come January when we start the season in Aiken, South Carolina.










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