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MAY 2021 THE RIDER /49 Margie Engle and Sapphire Elected to Show Jumping Hall of Fame


Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed an- nually upon select individuals whose contributions to the sport have set them apart and whose influence has had a sig- nificant impact on the sport of show jumping and the equestrian community. It is because of their talents, efforts, ac- complishments, and what they have brought to the sport, that the Election Committee, comprising some of the na-


Lexington, KY – March 25, 2021 – Olympic veteran Margie Engle and McLain Ward’s two-time Olympic mount Sapphire have been elected for induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. They will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s annual induction cere- mony at the Devon Horse Show in May. Induction into the Show Jumping


tribute to the U.S.’s win in the FEI Na- tions’ Cup Series in 1997, the same year she rode Hidden Creek’s Laurel on USET squads that won Nations Cups at Rome and St. Gallen, along with an in- dividual win in the Grand Prix of Rome. In 1998, she tied for


when the American Grandprix Associa- tion (AGA) represented the sport’s high- est level, Engle won the AGA Rider of the Year award 10 times; she is the only person to win the award more than four times. She was the first rider to place six horses in the ribbons, and the first to sweep the top five places, in a single Grand Prix. Engle was one of 12 riders to con-


won over 200 Grand Prix including many of the nation’s and the world’s most prestigious events. In the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s


at the Barcelona CSIO5*. Engle and Royce were named to the short list for


Super League in 2005. They were also part of the U.S.’s WEG team at Lexing-


sixth place in the FEI World Cup Final in Helsinki and was first alternate for the U.S.’s World Eques- trian Games (WEG) squad. She also won that year’s USET Show


1999, Engle rode Hidden Creek’s Al- varetto to the team Silver Medal at the Pan


Margie Goldstein Engle


tion’s top riders, trainers and officials, elected Engle and Sapphire as the class of 2020.


the most accomplished riders in U.S. history. She competed in the 2000 Syd- ney Olympic Games, won the team Sil- ver Medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, and is a three-time Pan Ameri- can Games medalist, with team Gold and individual Bronze Medals in 2003 and team Silver in 1999. She has ridden in 17 World Cup Finals and on numerous Nations Cup squads and has


Margie Goldstein Engle Margie Goldstein Engle is one of


wins despite a broken hip bone that side- lined her for two months. She added an- other 11 wins in 2005 and seven more in 2006 when she won the AGA award for the 10th and final time. That year she was also part of the U.S.’s Silver Medal WEG team at Aachen. In 2014, Engle rode Royce on


winning U.S. teams at the FEI Nations Cup Final at the Hickstead CSIO5* and


she became the first rider to win the Hampton Classic’s featured Grand Prix three straight years. In 2003, Engle won team Gold and individual Bronze Medals at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. In 2004, Engle had 11 Grand Prix


Prix League Finals in Culpepper. In 2000-2,


swept the two Grand Prix events at Lake Placid, where she has won the Grand Prix seven times, and also won the U.S. Grand


she rode Hidden Creek’s Perin to a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in Sydney where she helped the U.S. place sixth while also fin- ishing 10th individu- ally, the highest U.S. finish. In 2001, Engle


Games in Winnipeg. The following year


American Championship.


Jumping In


Sapphire


came mainstays on all major U.S. teams, winning Olympic team Gold Medals in 2004 at Athens and 2008 at Hong Kong where they also finished fifth individu- ally. They added a team Silver Medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games at Aachen in 2006, where they placed sev- enth individually, and also helped the U.S. win the Samsung FEI Nations Cup


Horse & Country Joins USDF as Newest Member Perks Partner


Lexington, KY – Horse & Country (H&C) has joined the United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) as its newest USDF Member Perks Partner. Effective immedi- ately, USDF members receive a 15% dis- count on annual membership to H&C’s streaming service, H&C+. As the leading international eques-


trian sports network for the passionate and active equestrian community, H&C’s pro- gramming lineup includes live coverage from leading sporting competitions in all equestrian disciplines, as well as training and learning shows, documentaries, and entertainment. Horse & Country is avail- able on most platforms including iOS, An- droid, ROKU, AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, and Amazon Prime Video, as well as through TVs and web browsers.


ward to working with H&C as we build and connect the dressage community.” For H&C, Chairman and CEO


Heather Killen commented, “We are de- lighted to partner with USDF and look forward to expanding coverage of U.S. dressage events both domestically and to our growing international audience. And, of course, USDF members will now be able to see live streams of the many top- level events we cover from Europe and elsewhere.” To access all USDF’s Member Perks


“USDF is very excited to bring


Horse & Country on as a Member Perks Partner as they continue to grow their dressage and other quality equestrian con- tent,” stated USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch. “We are looking for-


Partners and discounts, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org. To see every- thing that Horse & Country has to offer, visit horseandcountry.tv.


phire was recommended to Ward as a 7- year-old by Francois Mathy and was owned at different times by Ward in partnership with Harry Gill, Double H Farm, Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tom Grossman. “Sara” and Ward took to each other right away and had an imme- diate impact on the U.S. and interna- tional show jumping scene. Sapphire and Ward quickly be-


birthday by winning the $500,000 CSI5* Grand Prix at WEF aboard Royce. That spring Engle was named to the Short List for the U.S.’s FEI World Equestrian Games squad. Sapphire Sap- phire had one of the most successful ca- reers in show jumping history. The Belgian Warmblood mare carried McLain Ward to two Olympic team Gold Medals, a World Equestrian Games (WEG) team Silver and dozens of individual wins at many of the world’s biggest and most prestigious events. Foaled in Belgium in 1995, Sap-


the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and competed in the La Baule CSIO5* where they produced double clear rounds to help the U.S. place second in the Nations Cup while also taking 5th place in the Grand Prix, finishing as the highest ranked American at the show. In 2018, Engle celebrated her 60th


of 2012, Sapphire lived a happy life at Ward’s Castle Hill Farm until her pass- ing in 2014 at age 19.


Hall of Fame has inducted William C. Steinkraus, Bertalan de Nemethy, Idle Dice (1987); Patrick Butler, August A.


Show Jumping Hall of Fame In- ductees Since 1987, the Show Jumping


Grand Prix of Rome in 2010, the $200,000 American Invitational (2008), and both the $50,000 Grand Prix quali- fier and $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix (2009). Other big wins in- cluded the USEF National Show Jump- ing Championship (2006), the Devon Grand Prix (2007, 2009), and multiple major wins at the Winter Equestrian Fes- tival in Wellington including a record five wins in the Five-Star WEF Finale Grand Prix. Sapphire was named the American Grandprix Association (AGA) Horse of the Year in 2007 and the USEF Show Jumping Horse of the Year in 2009. After her retirement in the spring


competition was equally impressive. Ward rode her in four FEI World Cup Fi- nals, placing eighth in 2007 and second in 2009 when they jumped clear in all five rounds. Their long list of wins to- gether includes the $1 million CN Inter- national Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows (2009), the $1 Million Grand Prix at Saugerties (2010), the $100,000 Presi- dent’s Cup at the Washington Interna- tional (2008, 2010), the Grand Prix of La Baule and


ton in 2010 when they again placed sev- enth individually. Sapphire’s record in Grand Prix


Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.


2021 QROOI Stakes Program Update


scheduled for May 12 will be run on June 2 or the First day of racing should racing be delayed again. We


tors met earlier this afternoon to dis- cuss potential changes to the Stakes program for 2021 caused by the delay to the start of racing. Unfortu- nately, as we are writing this mes- sage there are several reports in the media that expect the Ford govern- ment to extend the current Stay at Home order an additional two weeks. This would impact our pro- posed opening day, currently sched- uled for June 2. With that in mind the QROOI Board, in an effort to keep members informed have made the following changes. The Sprint Series previously


The QROOI Board of Direc-


uated once we have a firm start date. The QROOI Board would like to hear from you, currently we can postpone all two year old futurities by two weeks from their original schedule. At some point the decision will need to be made to move the Ontario Sired Futurity and layer it on top of the Picov Futurity. If you have any comment on the Stakes program please send in writing to qrooiheadoffice@gmail.com by Thursday May 13. We are looking forward to rac-


ing this year as soon as we can! QROOI News release


will also move the Picov Maturity trials from the May 19 date to the second day of racing or June 9. All other races will be re-eval-


was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Sta- dium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collec- tion at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park. For more information about the


Busch, Jr. (1988); David Kelley, Ben O’Meara, Frances Rowe (1989); Arthur McCashin, Kathy Kusner, Brigadier General Harry D. Chamberlin, San Lucas (1990); Adolph Mogavero, Whitney Stone, Morton “Cappy” Smith, Pat Dixon (1991); Eleonora “Eleo” Sears, Mary Mairs Chapot, Barbara Worth Oakford, Snowman (1992); Dr. Robert C. Rost, Joe Green (1993); Frank Chapot, Gordon Wright (1994); Mickey Walsh, Trail Guide (1995); Pamela Car- ruthers, Jet Run, Richard “Dick” Don- nelly and Heatherbloom (1996); Edward “Ned” King, Bobby Egan and Sun Beau (1997); Fred “Freddy” Wettach, Jr., Melanie Smith Taylor, Johnny Bell (1998); Rodney Jenkins, Sinjon, Franklin F. “Fuddy” Wing, Jr. and De- mocrat (1999); George Morris, Carol Durand, Touch of Class (2000); Eugene R. Mische, Lt. Colonel John W. Russell, Bobby Burke, Untouchable (2001); Harry R. Gill, Clarence L. “Honey” Craven, Calypso, Gem Twist (2002); J. Russell Stewart, Sr., Main Spring (2003); Snowbound (2004); Michael Matz, For The Moment (2005); Conrad Homfeld (2006); Joe Fargis, Karen Golding, Marcia “Mousie” Williams (2007); Dr. John Steele, Abdullah, Miss Budweiser, Riviera Wonder (2008); Neal Shapiro, Balbuco (2009); John D. Ammerman, Leonard A. King, Jr., Good Twist (2010); Jane Forbes Clark, Gabor Nicholas Foltenyi, Hap Hansen, Larry Langer (2011); Starman, Nautical, D. Gerald Baker, Charles “Sonny” Brooks (2012); DanielMarks, VMD, Seamus Brady, Steve Stephens (2013); F. Eu- gene Fitz Dixon, Jr., Major General Guy Henry, I Love You (2014); Elizabeth Busch Burke, Katie Monahan Prudent, Susan Hutchison (2015); Anne Kursin- ski, Fran Steinwedell, Walter Devereux, The Natural (2016); Norman Dello Joio, Hunter Harrison, Authentic, Sympatico (2017); Peter Doubleday, Robert Rid- land, Colonel John W. “Gyp” Wofford, Bold Minstrel (2018); Leslie Burr Howard, David Distler (2019). The Show Jumping Hall of Fame


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