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US Equestrian Announces 2018 Equestrian of the Year and Horse of Honor Nominees, Voting Now Open!

December 28, 2018

 

US Equestrian Announces 2018 Equestrian of the Year and Horse of Honor Nominees, Voting Now Open!

 

Anyone with an email address can vote!

 

Vote for KARSTEN for National Horse of Honor and Bruce Griffin III, Victoria Gillenwater and Eugene Sweeney for Equestrian of the Year! 

Anyone can vote as long as they have an email address; each email address can only vote once. All Divisions must be voted on for first, second and third place. You will receive a confirmation e-mail back that you do need to answer for your vote to count. Incomplete or unconfirmed ballots will NOT count. Let's support our fellow Friesian enthusiasts!

 

 

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IFSHA is pleased to introduce the following 2018 Horse of Honor from the Friesian ranks! Selected because of tremendous achievements over the course of the season. Each year, US Equestrian names a National Horse of the Year and an International Horse of the Year from the Horses of Honor roster. Winners are determined based on the results of online voting, which is now open through Thursday, January 3 at midnight. The 2018 National and International Horse of the Year will be awarded Saturday evening, January 12 at the Horse of the Year Awards presented by AON during the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

 

Karsten (Avalon Photography)

Karsten

(Doaitsen 420 x WYBKJE Fan Sinser Hus/Fabe 348)

2011 Friesian stallion

Owner: Kirk Allgaier

 

When Kirk and Sally Allgaier spotted this flashy, charismatic black Friesian stallion in Holland, they had a hunch his mind and talent under saddle and in the harness would lead to amazing things. With the help of his trainer Gareth Selwood of Lorick Stables, Karsten has been racking up wins across a variety of divisions over the years, and 2018 was no different. He placed first in 34 classes, 22 of those wins with owner Kirk Allgaier at the reins. 

 

The seven-year-old started his extraordinary season in May at the New York State Horse Breeders and International Friesian Show Horse Association Region 2 Championships, winning six regional titles. He moved on to the Region 5 Championships at the Buckeye Baroque Summer Jubilee in June, garnering six Region 5 wins. At the Midwest Baroque Horse IFSHA Region 6 Championships, he won six championship titles and six reserve titles, followed by five championship titles at the New England Friesians IFSHA Region 1 Championships. 

 

His magnificent season ended when he left the IFSHA World and Grand National Championships with the World Champion Friesian Baroque Senior Stallion and Amateur World Champion Friesian Pleasure Walk Trot Masters titles. He also took home eight IFSHA reserve national titles. His achievements resulted in him being named the United States Equestrian Federation National Champion Horse of the Year Friesian Specialty, and USEF Region 2, 5, and 6 HOTY Champion Friesian Specialty.

 

US Equestrian Announces 2018 Equestrian of the Year Nominees, Voting Now Open

 

IFSHA is pleased to introduce two 2018 Equestrians of Honor from our Friesian community. Voting is now open online through Thursday, January 3 at midnight. The 2018 Equestrian of the Year will be awarded Thursday evening, January 10 at the Pegasus Awards dinner at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla. US Equestrian's Pegasus Awards honor some of the great men and women of equestrian sport.

 

 

 

Bruce Griffin III (Avalon Photography)

Bruce Griffin III

Gretna, Va.

Friesian

The Norman K. Dunn Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing at halter or in-hand.

Twenty-two-year-old Bruce "Turtle" Griffin III has accumulated numerous International Friesian Show Horse Association world champion titles since turning professional at age 18. Griffin's parents, Bruce and Staci, are professional trainers, and he has watched and learned from them to develop his skills and begin his own career. He competed in 13 classes with nine different horses at the 2018 IFSHA World and Grand National Championships, collecting numerous top-five placings. In the in-hand divisions, Griffin guided Sid to World Champion Friesian Junior Stallions - Three to Five Years; World Champion Friesian Baroque Junior Stallions - Three to Five Years; and Reserve World Champion Friesian Dressage Sport Horse In-Hand Stallions - Three to Five Years titles. He also collected two other world champion titles, with Ophelia P winning World Champion Friesian Dressage Sport Horse In-Hand Mares - Six Years & Over honors and Atlas Fox Stable Friesians claiming the World Champion Friesian Dressage Sport Horse In-Hand Colts Two Years & Under honors. Lastly, Griffin and Tallulah GV took home the Reserve World Champion Friesian Baroque Junior Mares - Three to Five Years title. In addition to Griffin's winning ways, he is always ready to give a helpful hand to other competitors.

 

 

Victoria Gillenwater (Photo by Avalon Photography)

Victoria Gillenwater

Knoxville, Tenn.

Friesian, American Saddlebred, Saddle Seat

The CJ "June" Cronan Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing under saddle in a non-hunter and/or non-Western discipline

Victoria Gillenwater owns Scenic View Farm in Knoxville, Tenn., renowned for its breeding and training of world champion Friesian, American Saddlebred, and Hackney horses. The farm was founded by Gillenwater and her parents, Paul and Dorothy Gillenwater, in 1980 and has been under her leadership for the past 18 years. Since Gillenwater took the reins, virtually every horse at Scenic View Farm has been raised, bred, owned, and shown by her or her long-time trainer, Jacques Van Niekerk.

Well versed in an array of breeds and disciplines, Gillenwater is a particularly accomplished saddle seat competitor, but has also had great success in driving. Gillenwater has won World Championships with American Saddlebred Callaway's Show Me State, Hackney pony, Power Parade, Friesian, Anne, and the Ladies Canadian Roadster Horse Championship with Autobahn. In addition, Scenic View Farm horses have won more than 16 People's Choice Awards from show horse magazines.

Her long list of accolades include three individual gold medals and gold and silver team medals as captain for the U.S. team at the U.S. Saddle Seat International. Gillenwater has served on the board of directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), the International Friesian Horse Association (IFSHA), and served as the Vice Chairman of the Saddle Seat World Cup board. She was the recipient of the Lurline Roth Award in 2001.

 

At the 2018 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show, Gillenwater won four world champion titles, including the Friesian Amateur English Pleasure Saddle Seat World Championship with her multi-titled stallion, 2018 USEF Saddle Seat Friesian National Champion, Zander fan Camelot. She also won the Friesian Country English Pleasure Saddle Seat Walk/Trot World Championship in both the amateur and open divisions with Dauwe van de Badwei and the Partbred Saddle Seat Open World Championship with LS George. Gillenwater had never ridden Dauwe or LS George before they entered the ring. Gillenwater also received top-five finishes with USEF Friesian Reserve National Hunter Champion Filippus fan Camelot, and In-Hand mare Magie.

 

 

Eugene Sweeney (Photo by Arnaldo Silva)

Eugene Sweeney

Dover, N.H..

Friesian, 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.

Eugene Sweeney is one of the farm managers and horse trainers at Bonterra Farms, a Friesian performance horse training and breeding facility. In 2018, he partnered with Friesian horses to accumulate several top driving awards. Early in the year, Sweeney competed in American Driving Society events with Daniel de G., winning the Gentleman to Drive class at Grand Oaks Classic and winning Pleasure Turnout and placing second in Reinsmanship in the single horse division at Orleton Farm. He claimed Friesian Country Pleasure Driving Open and Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving Working Single titles, while taking reserve honors in Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving Reinsmanship with Daniel de G. at the International Friesian Show Horse Association Region 1 Championship. Sweeney partnered with Daniel de G. again at the IFSHA World and Grand National Championships, this time collecting five championship and one reserve championship title in driving. In the national portion of the show, he was the high-point driver and his preliminary driven dressage score of 78.75% won the class.

As presented by the International Friesian Show Horse Association