Ms. Jacqueline Mars, a beloved longtime supporter of the sport of eventing, was awarded the USEA President’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the virtual USEA Year-End Awards Ceremony on Friday. Ms. Mars has been involved with countless facets of the eventing industry, supporting the careers of riders such as Karen and David O’Connor, Lauren Nicholson, and Hannah Sue Burnett, breeding quality sport horses, administering millions in grant funding to further U.S. eventing, and much more. She is a true champion of and believer in the sport of eventing and has never missed a chance to put her full weight behind that belief.
“It is perhaps her emotional and physical support that means the most to us,” USEA president Max Corcoran said during the ceremony, which can be viewed in its entirety here. “Having her at the events both local and international watching and cheering her horses on, whether it’s Beginner Novice or at a five-star event, she’s always there to lend a hand, to give a pat on the shoulder, wipe away a tear, or celebrate a victory.”
“She is compassionate and encouraging,” Max continued. “It is not just her own horses she celebrates, but the victories of all competitors. She is a true supporter of the sport at every level and we are so lucky to have her presence. She is willing to share her wisdom gained from years of experience being around horses and always stays on the forefront of wanting more for the sport, for both horses and riders.”
Ms. Mars was inducted into the USEA Hall of Fame in 2015 and was awarded the USET Foundation’s R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award in 2017
Please join us in congratulating Ms. Mars on this award and in thanking her for her ongoing generosity and unwavering support of our sport. Go Eventing.