The Dressage Foundation has announced that this year’s Patsy Albers Award will be increased to $1,000. The award will be presented at the 2015 USEF High Performance Championships to be held during the Festival of Champions in Wellington, Florida, December 9-13, 2015.
TDF’s Patsy Albers Award, created by Patsy’s friends and colleagues after she passed away in 2012, is given annually to the highest placing dressage rider at the USEF High Performance Championships (Intermediare I or Grand Prix), who was also a rider competing for the U.S. at a North American Junior/Young Rider Championship. A preference will be given to those competing at Grand Prix and will provide financial support for continuing education and training.
Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director said, “Thanks to the generosity of many donors, we are thrilled to increase the award amount from $500 to $1,000 for the deserving recipient. We appreciate the continued support of Patsy’s friends and look forward to making the award this year.”
Patsy Albers was a longtime supporter and Chef d'Equipe of the North American Junior/Young Rider Championship (NAJYRC) Region 1 team. She was also very involved at the prestigious Dressage at Devon where she served for many years as the FEI Event Director. Her expertise also extended into management, officiating, and volunteering, for which she was honored multiple times. “Patsy was a Region 1 delegate for as long as I can remember,” said Janine Malone, a close friend of Patsy’s who established the Award at The Dressage Foundation. “I knew she would want to support riders who had come up through the ranks, competing at the NAJYRC and going on to the Festival of Champions.”