Dressage Division Recognized with Special Honors at NAYC

Courtesy of United States Dressage Federation

NAYCLexington, KY – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that four of this year’s special honors awards at the 2019 Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North (NAYC) were presented to the dressage division. Riders Abby Fodor and Carlos Maldonado Lara, volunteer Dee Steb, and Oldenburg Largo 224 all received special recognition at this year’s event.

Abby Fodor, of USDF Region 1, was the recipient of the 2019 Style Award. The Style Awards recognize one rider, from each discipline, for their “style” throughout the week. Not only is their style while mounted given consideration, but also their manners and overall demeanor around the competition grounds and at the organized functions.

Carlos Maldonado Lara of Mexico was the recipient of The Captain Andrew B. de Szinay Memorial Sportsman Trophy, presented to the Young Rider who best personifies the high standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, courage, team spirit, good temper, and unselfishness. This award is presented annually by the United States Equestrian Federation in honor of Captain Andrew B. De Szinay, who was a teacher, dressage judge, technical delegate, and long-time supporter of the Young Rider’s program. His dedication and support has helped the championships become what they are today.

Dee Steb was the recipient of the Howard B. Simpson High Five Trophy. This award honors Howard B. Simpson, who served as the NAYC Director at Tempel Farms for many years, and is awarded to the volunteer who best exemplifies Howard’s dedication and commitment to the championships.

Largo 224 was the recipient of the HorsePower Trophy. Largo is a 20-year old, Oldenburg gelding, owned by Maria Spak, and was Eliza Windsor’s mount in the Young Rider division of the USDF Region 8 team. This award recognizes an outstanding horse, from any of the championship disciplines, who best demonstrates determination, courage, class, heart, and the ability to inspire athletes and spectators alike, throughout the competition. Largo, who has been described as very affectionate, curious, and patient, has successfully competed through Prix St. Georges.

For more information about these awards, or the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, visit www.youngriders.org, or contact the United States Equestrian Federation at 859-258-2472.