The U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation named Pan American Games show jumping team and individual gold medalist Christine McCrea its 2012 Whitney Stone Cup recipient on Jan. 27 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (Fla). The award is presented annually to an active competitor who displays high standards of conduct while excelling in international competition. Recipients are considered ambassadors for the United States and equestrian sport.
“I am thrilled to win this award. It is such an honor for myself and my family,” said McCrea. “The Pan American Games [Mexico] were like a dream. It was incredible.”
The Whitney Stone Cup is awarded in honor of the late Whitney Stone, who served as President and Chairman of the Board of the USET from 1953 to 1973. Mr. Stone was instrumental in the creation of a civilian equestrian team when the Army retired from competitive horse sports after 1948. Previous winners include Michael Matz, James C. Wofford and Robert Dover. A full list of Cup winners can be found at the USET site.
McCrea will focus on the 2012 London Olympic Games following the conclusion of the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla) competition in March.
The USET Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the U.S. Equestrian Federation. For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251.