ERA of NA Honors 2019 Year End Award Recipients

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Year End Awards. These honors celebrate individuals who have had a profound and meaningful impact on the sport.

The Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award recognizes an outstanding groom who has had a large influence on their rider’s career and the health and well-being of the horses under their care. Nominees should epitomize the example set forth by Liz Cochran in setting the standard for a professional groom. The winner of this award also receives a $5,000 grant.

Photo Courtesy of Lauren Kieffer

In 2019, Sally Robertson has been recognized as the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award recipient. Robertson is among the most respected grooms on the North America circuit and has worked with many of the top professionals in the sport across Europe, North America and New Zealand. Currently working for Lauren Kieffer, Robertson has taken care of horses at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian, the Mars Equestrian Bromont Horse Trials, the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials amongst many others in 2019.

“Sally has been a benefit to so many top riders’ programs and deserves the recognition of the hard work and dedication of her life to this sport, and the most important thing, the horses,” said Kieffer.

The As You Like It Owner’s Award, named for Sara Murphy’s wonderful 4* partner, is presented annually to an owner that has had a large impact on their rider’s career. The award is donated and supported by Sara and her longtime owner and friend Edy Ramieka, and the recipient of this award selects an event of their choice to receive a $5,000 donation provided by Sara and Edy.

Photo Courtesy of Sharon White

This year Anita Antenucci was awarded the As You Like It Owner’s Award for her continued support of Sharon White, Jan Byyny and Nina Fout. Antenucci has been supporting the sport of eventing for over 20 years. An avid competitor herself, she has been building a top rate training and breeding facility, all while working full time as one of the top defense investment bankers in the country.

“She was the first person to buy a horse for me- and as a young professional starting out, the first person to believe in you is the springboard for your career. Since then, through the ups and downs of the sport, Anita’s passion has been inspiring to me and all those around her,” said White of Antenucci.

The Seema Sonnad “Above and Beyond” Event Personnel Award recognizes an event organizer, secretary, volunteer or other staff members who throughout the year went “above and beyond”.

Photo Courtesy of Krista Wilson

Emily Holmes was announced as the 2019 recipient in recognition for everything she has done for the sport on many levels at a huge number of eventing competitions each. Her focus on providing an outstanding competition experience is unparalleled.

“Emily Holmes is the example of what an event organizer should be. She consistently goes out of her way to make certain that every competitor, both human and equine, has every opportunity to compete at their best. From footing to course presentation no stone is left unturned. I can’t say thank you enough to Emily for being a true competitor’s organizer,” said Jon Holling.

The Amateur Impact Award recognizes an Adult Amateur that embodies a dedication to the sport of eventing, outstanding sportsmanship and has made a direct impact on eventing in North America.

Photo Courtesy of Nadia Novik

2019 recipient, Amanda Chance, has had an incredible impact on the sport of eventing in North America. By utilizing digital and social media, Chance continues to promote U.S. breeding programs and U.S. bred horses, in addition to addressing issues within the sport.

“Amanda is heavily involved in the YEH and FEH classes and is a founder of the US Event Horse Futurity page on Facebook. She truly believes we as a country can be breeding and producing horses just as nice as anywhere else in the world. She is involved in her local eventing community and beyond and shows a real commitment to improving and sustaining the sport,” said Nadia Novak.

Learn more about the ERA of NA here.

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