Kelsey Kimbler from Aberdeen, South Dakota received the USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year Award at the USEF annual awards dinner on January 22. Taking double honors at the awards ceremony, Kimbler was also the recipient of the 2010 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award, sponsored by Breyer Animal Creations. Kimbler, a 17-year-old high school senior has won the AERC Junior National Hundred Mile Award twice since the award was established in 2007. Kimbler is the only junior to complete five 100-mile rides in one year. She represented the AHA Youth Association as her region’s delegate and is involved in 4-H events with her Arabians. She was nominated for this award by both the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC). Kimbler’s sister, Kirsten, won this award in 2007. Kimbler will attend University near home next year to keep up with her horses and her family.
“I’d like to thank the horses I’ve ridden,” said Kimbler. “They do so much for us. Every time we put a saddle on them they give us 110 percent.”
Cecilia Butler-Stasiuk from Humble, Texas, received the Maggie Price Endurance Excellence Trophy, given to the endurance athlete who earns the most points in selected US Ranking Trials during the ride year. The award is sponsored by Gold Medal Farm and Larry and Valerie Kanavy and presented annually at the Pegasus Awards Dinner. Butler-Stasiuk honored her mother, Darolyn Butler, as she received the award. “So many things we did last year were due to my Mother,”, she said. “She gave up a lot of her good horses so others could succeed.”
In the following weeks, both Butler-Stasiuk and Kanavy will leave for Abu Dhabi to compete in the HH President of the UAE Invitational ride.