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April 8, 2013

Saer Coulter Wins Maxine Beard Award

Saer Coulter received the Maxine Beard Award at the American Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Phelps Media Group photo.

The U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation honored Saer Coulter with this year’s Maxine Beard Show Jumping Award on April 6.

Coulter, San Fransisco, won the award based on her competitive record and potential to represent the United States in international competition. As the recipient, she will travel to the 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, from April 24-28 where she will observe the operations of an international championship, including the stabling area, veterinary inspections and schooling, and walk the courses with U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.

"It's a really big honor to receive this award," said Coulter, 21. "Looking at the people that have won it in the past, it encourages you to keep continuing jumping at a high level and try and make the upper levels of the computer list and the senior teams. I tried to qualify for World Cup Finals, and I just missed it, so it's really exciting to be able to go and be a part of the team."   

Coulter's international success began in 2010 when she and Chalan were on the team that brought home a victory at the CSIO Buenos Aires (Argentina). In 2011, Coulter placed second in the $50,000 HITS World Cup Qualifier (Calif.) aboard her Dutch Warmblood gelding, Springtime, and she also placed second in the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix (Calif.).

In 2012, Coulter finished 10th in the Olympic selection trials on Springtime, earning a spot on the U.S. Equestrian Federation Long List for the U.S. show jumping team for the London Olympic Games. Coulter and Springtime also finished third in the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar (Calif.), and she traveled to Europe to compete in the Global Champions Tour throughout the summer.

The Stanford University (Calif.) senior rides out of her family's Copernicus Stables, and she trains with Markus Beerbaum and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

"Saer is a talented and hardworking rider who truly deserves this honor as she was a top placer in the World Cup West Coast League, just narrowly missing out on competing herself at the championship this year. I fully expect we will see Saer on more United States teams and at international championships. She has a very bright future in this sport," said former U.S. Chef d'Equipe George Morris.