The Equus Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) have joined forces to establish a Horse Stars Hall of Fame.
It will celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and the magical and powerful bond between horses and people, the two organisations said.
The joint program will honor the contributions of amazing horses that have excelled in sport and in careers serving the public. It will feature the incredible stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats.
The federation’s Horse of the Year awards program is one of the oldest nationally recognized multi-breed awards programs in the country.
Starting in 2005, one horse has been selected as the year’s overall champion by the USEF membership from among a small slate of nominees.
All of the nominees have been accomplished athletes. The “Athlete Horse Stars” in the Horse Stars Hall of Fame will include the USEF overall champion and also the slate of nominees each year since the inception of the program.
The Equus Foundation is seeking nominees for the induction of horses that have had or are having a life-changing impact in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies or other public service areas.
Candidates for consideration also include horses that have excelled or are excelling in sport or public service after overcoming significant hardship. The nomination deadline is January 15, 2013.
“We are thrilled to form this new partnership with the Federation and to be able to honor the talent, spirit and courage of exceptional horses in the sport and public sectors,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, chairman of the board of the Equus Foundation.
“Horses enrich the lives of millions of people every day. We hope that the Horse Stars Hall of Fame will be a lasting legacy to share with the generations to come and a resource for the public to reflect on the horse’s extraordinary athletic ability and unique ability to empower, teach, and heal.”
The inaugural inductions into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame and the unveiling of the virtual Horse Stars Hall of Fame website will take place at the Equus Foundation’s “fête cheval étoile” event on Friday, March 8, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.
The nomination form is here.