Photo: 2015 Recipient, Heather Oleson. Photo by Susan J Stickle
The Dressage Foundation’s 2016 Patsy Albers Award will be awarded at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions on October 12-16 at the Paso Robles Horse Park in California. The $1,000 award provides financial support for continuing education and training to a High Performance rider.
The Patsy Albers Award is given to the highest placing Grand Prix rider at the Championships who also competed for the U.S. at a previous North American Junior/Young Rider Championship. The Award has been given to riders Kathleen Raine, Adrienne Lyle, and most recently, Heather Oleson.
Patsy Albers, one of the nation's best known figures at dressage shows across the country, passed away in October 2012. She 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.”