January, 2013, Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the winners of two prestigious awards in the discipline of Endurance, the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award and the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy. The awards were presented at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards gala and dinner on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky.
Heather Reynolds of Dunnellon, Florida, received the Maggy Price Award sponsored by Gold Medal Farms and Valerie and Larry Kanavy, awarded to the Endurance Rider Ranking List athlete with the most points earned in the competition year.
Heather Reynolds claimed top honors at numerous endurance races in 2012. She began her year with a win at the Goethe Benefit Challenge CEI2* aboard her own Ta Tiran. Reynolds finished first with her husband Jeremy Reynolds’ Stirgess at the FITS 160 km race and came in fourth a month later at the CEI3* USA Team Trial riding her own Riverwatch. At the Zone Team Endurance Challenge, she finished first in two races on her own horses – in the CEI2* with Bound for Honor and the CEI3* with Chanses. Reynolds finished out her year of strong performances by representing the USA aboard Riverwatch at the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship in the UK, where the USA team placed fourth.
McCamey Kimbler of Aberdeen, South Dakota was awarded the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy. This trophy is presented to the Endurance Rider Ranking List Junior/Young Rider athlete with the most points earned in the competition year and awarded in memory of avid endurance rider and youth supporter, Kathy Brunjes, who lost her battle to cancer in 2012.
Sixteen-year-old McCamey Kimbler began the year in February 2012, winning the FITS CEIJY2* and receiving Best Condition on Jeremy Olson’s Noslo’s Banjara. Her success with an impressive showing at the CEI3* USA Team Trial, finishing in 19th place on Samantha Sandler’s Elliptic among the nation’s top endurance riders. Kimbler placed second at the Spruce Woods CEIJY2* on her sister Kelsey’s, HV Cimmarons Goliath, and at the Zone Team Endurance Challenge CEIJY2* on sister Kirsten’s horse, Fringant.
Congratulations to these fine riders.