The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 ERA of NA Year End Awards. These awards recognize individuals who have had an outstanding and profound effect on the sport of eventing. The nomination period for the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award, As You Like It Owner’s Award, Seema Sonnad Above & Beyond Event Personnel Award and Amateur Impact Award will run through Dec. 6, 2019.
The Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award recognizes an outstanding groom who has had a large influence on their rider’s career and the health and well-being of the horses under their care. Nominees should epitomize the example set forth by Liz Cochran in setting the standard for a professional groom.
The As You Like It Owner’s Award is awarded to an outstanding owner who has had a large influence on a rider’s career. Additionally, nominees will also be recognized for having made an exceptional contribution to the sport of eventing.
The Seema Sonnad Above & Beyond Event Personnel Award is offered to an event organizer, secretary, volunteer or other staff members who throughout the year went “above and beyond.” Nominees will have carried out their work in a manner that notably improved the experience for those attending the event as competitors, owners, grooms, sponsors, or spectators.
The Amateur Impact Award recognizes an Adult Amateur that embodies dedication to the sport of eventing, outstanding sportsmanship and has made a direct impact on eventing in North America. The recipient of Amateur Impact Award is an individual that is highly respected by their peers, has demonstrated leadership within the sport and seeks to see eventing continue to grow and flourish.
Please send a detailed submission, including examples, regarding why an individual should receive an award to Helen Murray at [email protected] by Dec. 6, 2019.
Additionally, the ERA of NA continues to fundraise to endow the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award and those wishing to donate can send a check made out to the USEA Foundation with “Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award” noted in the memo line to ERA of NA, 129 Delmont Dr, Lexington, KY 40504. For those looking to contribute online a donation can be through the USEA Foundation Website and in the “Use my donation to support” dropdown menu select the “Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award.”