New Orleans, LA – On the evening of Friday, December 7th the Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) celebrated the sport of eventing at the annual ERA of NA Awards Celebration held during the USEA Convention. Co-Hosted with the USEF, it was a night to celebrate individuals who have had a profound and meaningful impact on the sport.
The celebration kicked-off by recognizing Junior/Young Rider members who competed in the Triple Crown Nutrition Prelim to Pro Championship held at Plantation Field International. The Furlong’s Healthy Horse Team were recognized for earning top honors in the Team Championship and Cierra Daratony was celebrated as the Individual Champion.
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.
In 2018, the Simply Priceless Syndicate (Steve and Vicki Sukup, Susan Day, Kimberly Loveless, and Rick Wallace) were awarded the As You Like It Owner’s Award for their continued support of Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless. Formed in 2016, this Syndicate has provided Elisa and “Johnny” the opportunity to compete at many of the world’s most prestigious competitions including Kentucky, Burghley and Badminton. Due to the continued support and confidence of the Syndicate, Elisa has been able to compete on the international stage.
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”.
Mary Coldren was announced as the 2018 recipient in recognition for everything she has done for the sport on many levels at a huge number of eventing competitions each year including serving as Managing Director of Plantation Field International and Secretary of Fair Hill International and as a licensed Technical Delegate and Show Jumping Judge. Her focus on providing outstanding customer service, total flexibility and an unwavering humility are unparalleled. In doing so, Mary has left an indelible mark on the eventing experience for riders, owners, volunteers, officials, and organizers.
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
2018 recipient, Frankie Thierot Stutes, had an incredible year in the competition arena, winning CCI3*s at The Event at Rebecca Farm and the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International with her wonderful horse, Chatwin. Frankie’s impact on eventing goes well beyond competition success as she gives back to the sport in many ways. Renowned for her marketing and PR work, Frankie is also well known for her work with livestreaming and TV production of the nation’s top events.
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.
Max Corcoran is one of the most respected groom’s and individuals on the eventing circuit and deserved winner of the 2018 award. Max has worked for many of the sport’s top professionals including Karen O’Connor, Sharon White and Joe Meyer. She has groomed for many of the most elite horses in this country at multiple World, Olympic and National Championships, always doing so with the utmost integrity and focus on the welfare of both the equine and human athletes she has served.
The evening came to a close by recognizing Dr. Mark Hart for his dedication and support of eventing in the United States. Mark was also thanked for all his great work with the USEF’s Event Owner’s Task Force.