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The USEA is very proud to announce the names of this year’s inductees into the 2012 Eventing Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at the Hall of Fame Gala to be held during the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in Colorado Springs.
Roger has spent his life volunteering in the sport. He has served as an Area Chair (in his early twenties), USCTA Board Member, and chair of numerous committees for both the USCTA and the USEF. An Olympic Course designer, FEI Technical Delegate, Judge, Organizer, there are few positions Roger has not held, and the majority as a volunteer for the sport he has lived and breathed for most of his life! If you want the Rule Book rewritten, Roger is your man. No one knows the FEI and the USEF Rules like Roger as he has been instrumental in writing them for years. Not only is he one of the hardest working members of the association on the ground, he was also an advanced level rider, being shortlisted for the 1974 World Championships on his Golden Griffin. The USEA would have a difficult time finding anyone who has dedicated and devoted so much to the sport of Eventing as Roger Haller.
The late Amy Tryon has left us a competitive record that few can match. With her beloved Poggio II, Amy represented the US Eventing Team no less than five times contributing to team gold medals at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2002 World Equestrian Games, and the team bronze at the 2004 Olympic Games. She and Poggio took the individual bronze in Aachen at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and were again called up for the team at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Under her care, Poggio was named the Best Conditioned Horse at Rolex Kentucky in 2002 and in 2006 Amy was named Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horseman of the Year with Poggio being named Eventing Horse of the Year. Amy also volunteered to serve on a number of USEA and USEF committees being very active on the USEA Safety Committee. Her contribution to the growth of the sport in her own Area VII was immense.
Lana DuPont Wright broke the glass ceiling for women in Eventing all over the world when she became the first woman to compete on a team at the Olympic Games and receive an Olympic medal when the team won silver in Tokyo in 1964. Until that time the prevailing belief was that the sport was simply too demanding for the gentler sex. Lana proved everyone wrong when she and Mr. Wister completed a grueling competition in rain and mud to stand beside her male teammates on the podium on the final day. Not only was Lana a woman of talent, steely determination and grit, she also was a visionary. She was one of the founding members of the United States Combined Training Association (now USEA) and gave so much back to the grassroots of the sport by holding the Middletown Pony Club Horse Trials at her Unicorn Farm in Delaware and continues to support the local Pony Club to this day.
How do we do justice to one of the greatest event horses of all time? Need a definition of “team player”? Just point to Giltedge. Need a definition for “heart”? Just point to Giltedge. Throughout his eight years competing for the USA (1995-2002) Giltedge notched up five international team appearances and five medals! He had wins at both four-star and three-star competitions for a total of 21 first place finishes, 28 top three finishes and rarely finished out of the top five. To this day, ten years after his retirement, he still retains his fourth place position on the USEA All-time High Score Horse leaderboard with 1,114 lifetime points. And of particular note – all of Giltedge’s major achievements were in the classic format, a testament to his endurance, his stamina, his brilliance, and most of all his immense strength of heart. Owned by Mrs. Jacqueline Mars, Giltedge was sired by Glenbar (ISH) out of Kitty by Awkward Brief (XX)
The Gray Goose
As a youngster, this seven-eighths bred Irish horse was not everyone’s cup of tea, at least not until Kim Walnes found him in a yard in Ireland and saw something very special in him. Despite many bucks and spooks and just plain naughtiness, Kim persevered and succeeded in producing the superstar event horse of the eighties. In 1982, The Gray Goose carried Kim to an individual and team bronze medal at the Luhmuhlen World Championships. In 1984, the pair placed third at the Olympic Selection Trials held at the Kentucky Three-day Event and were the reserves for the US Team at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 1985, The Gray Goose and Kim placed second at Boekelo helping the US Team to a first place finish. These successes and his performances at the national level created a huge following of fans for The Gray Goose and their loyalty to “Gray” continues to this day. Gray was also a movie star; next time you watch the movie Sylvester, look closely at the horse and rider on the cross-country course. That is The Gray Goose and the woman who had the faith, the love, and the ability to see his innate talent, develop it, and take him to the very top of the sport making a legend out of him along the way.
Visit the Eventing Hall of Fame website to see all of the past inductees who this new group will be joining.