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VOTE for US Equestrian Horse of the Year and Equestrian of the Year

January 10, 2018

Dale Pitcock – Vaughan Smith Trophy

Plain City, Ohio


The Vaughan Smith Trophy is presented to the best rider of any horse or pony breed shown in hunter pleasure, show hack, hunter hack, dressage hack, costume, side saddle, or Western dressage.

Known for their commanding presence in Friesian Armored Costume divisions, Dale Pitcock added Friesian Tandem Riding to his competition repertoire with Hielke D. in 2017. They proved they were serious contenders, winning in their first attempt at the Buckeye Baroque Summer Jubilee in June. He and the 2013 US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year (HOTY) winner, earned the Friesian Armored Costume Regional title at the 2017 Midwest Baroque Horse Regional Championships. They concluded the year winning both the tandem riding and armored costume world titles at the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World and Grand National Championships in October, becoming a two-time winner of the Friesian Quest Armored Costume Open Perpetual Trophy.

Pitcock has competed successfully with Arabian and Friesian horses for the last 17 years. Outside the show ring, he has assisted the Union County Humane Society with multiple horse rescue efforts. He is a member of the Central Ohio Mounted Search Unit.

Gareth Selwood

Youngstown, N.Y.


The Bill Robinson Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing with horses or ponies across all the breeds in harness or for driving performance in non-international competitions.

Gareth Selwood produced several praise-worthy performances in 2017 carriage pleasure driving divisions with Brenda Robert’s Annette Fan’E Hamsterheide and Kirk Allgaier’s Karsten Van de Noeste Hoeve, proving he remains a prowess in the show ring. Selwood dominated the 2017 International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World & Grand National Championship Horse Show with Annette Fan’E Hamsterheide, earning the IFSHA World Carriage Ride and Drive title and World Carriage Driving Turnout title. In addition, they were awarded the Anita Mellott Memorial Driving High Point Perpetual Trophy and the Shakespeare Farm Friesian High Point Perpetual Trophy. Selwood and Karsten Van de Noeste Hoeve won the IFSHA World Country Pleasure Driving Open title and IFSHA World Reserve Champion Sport Horse Pleasure Driving title. Allgaier and Roberts both amassed many world and regional wins in driving divisions with the help of Selwood’s training.

Outside of competition, Selwood serves on the board of directors of the IFSHA and American Driving Society’s (ADS) affiliate East Aurora Driving Society. He holds his US Equestrian Federation (USEF) judges cards in Morgan, Andalusian/Lusitano, Friesian, and Western. This is the second time Selwood has been awarded the Bill Robinson Trophy. He has also previously been awarded the Norman K. Dunn Trophy.


Co Fan S (Tietse x Oeke Fan S/Fabe)

2002 Friesian Ster gelding

Owner: Little River Friesians, LLC

Co Fan S is an exquisite example of the Friesian breed, excelling in a diverse range of disciplines, while also displaying the classic traits of the breed with his handsome, upright conformation and intelligent, willing personality. In 2017, Co Fan S was named the USEF Friesian Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, and Junior Exhibitor National Champion. He earned the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) High Point All-Around Purebred Friesian title and won the Friesian English Hunt Seat and Hack, Western Pleasure, Dressage, and Junior Equitation Champion titles. He also collected IFSHA reserve championship titles in Open Intro Dressage and Open First Level Dressage and the Western Dressage Association of America’s (WDAA) Basic Western Dressage Championship title.

This 16.1 hand gelding also claimed numerous IFHSA regional titles across four regions in the hunter pleasure, Western pleasure, dressage, and junior exhibitor divisions. His lifetime IFSHA national titles include 21 national championships and 19 reserve national championships. In 2016, Co Fan S was named the IFSHA High Point All-Around Purebred Friesian and the USEF Friesian Grand Champion and Friesian Dressage, Hunter Pleasure, and Junior Exhibitor National Champion. Co Fan S’s success in the show ring is attributed not just to his athleticism and talent, but also to his relationship with junior rider/driver/exhibitor Janae Griffin and trainers Bruce and Staci Griffin. Co Fan S is an accomplished show horse and a depiction of the historic romance and good nature of the Friesian breed.

Members can vote here:  https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/us-equestrian-announces-nominees-for-2017