U.S. Equestrian Federation members can vote online now for the first time to choose the horse they\’d like to see named the first Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year. The voting ends on Dec. 23.
The five finalists are: Abigail Wexner\’s Authentic, Beezie Madden\’s 2004 Olympic show jumping mount who won the $200,000 American Invitational this year; Plain Dealing Farm\’s Winsome Adante, winner of the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** for the third time with Kim Severson; Peggy Thomas\’ Brentina, whom Debbie McDonald rode to third place in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final; Sybil Humphrey\’s Cefnoakpark Bouncer, the pony Suzy Stafford drove to the gold medal at the World Pony Driving Championships; and John Kelly\’s WR Sonaskada +//, who\’s won more national championships (19) and reserve national championships (12) than any other Arabian in history.
Members can also vote for their top choice among eight Equestrians of the Year: Madden, dressage star George Williams, hunter rider and trainer Louise Serio, vaulting star Devon Maitozo, Saddlebred/roadster trainer Raymond Shively, Morgan trainer/rider Mike Goebig; Morgan rider Garn Walker, and Arabian trainer Gregory Gallun.
The voting for Equestrian of the Year also ends on Dec. 23.
To vote, go to www.USEF.org and click on the icons on the right side of the home page.