Callie Jones Awarded Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy

Callie Jones and Don Philippo | Photo: Meg McGuire Photography

Courtesy of United States Dressage Federation

Lexington, KY (August 12, 2019) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, Region 2 Young Rider Callie Jones, of Henderson, KY, and her eleven-year-old, Hanoverian gelding, Don Philippo, were awarded the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy at the USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, held during the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North (NAYC). This trophy, which is on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, is awarded to the Young Rider who earns the highest combined average score in the three dressage tests: FEI Young Rider Team, Individual, and Freestyle. Jones placed first in the team, individual, and freestyle tests, with scores of 72.676%, 72.647%, and 74.710% respectively, securing the win with an overall combined average of 73.344%.

The “Pursuit of Excellence” is the legacy Fiona Baan left to all FEI Young Riders, and indeed, to everyone who ever knew or worked with her. For nearly 30 years, Ms. Baan worked tirelessly with great dedication to the United States Equestrian Team (USET). She was U.S. Dressage Team Leader for the 1976 Olympics Bronze Medal team, the 1987 Pan Am Games, and for the bronze medal dressage team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

For more information about the USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy, or the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org.

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