The American Hackney Horse Society has announced its 2019 annual award winners. Winners will be recognized at the United Professional Horsemen's Association/AHHS Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, in January.
Cheryl Innis — Anna Lee Spires Judd National Amateur Exhibitor Award -- Awarded to a an exhibitor of Hackneys whose performances in the show ring set standards of competition, sportsmanship and appeal to the general viewing public.
Carl and Katherine Nichols — John H. & Maybelle L. Costello National Breeder Award -- Awarded to a breeder of Hackneys who has created an impact on the breed as a whole by adding valuable characteristics and improving the Hackney through its development. This honoree will have raised notable individuals whose progeny have gone on to great success both in the show ring and breeding world.
Hannah Hicks — Junior Exhibitor Award -- Awarded to a junior exhibitor who through his/her efforts has encouraged other youths to participate in the Hackney breed. This individual must exhibit outstanding sportsmanship, suitability to the division in which they participate, presentation of the entries shown, and work to enhance the promotion of the breed through their representation.
Katy Earehart — Lydia Luhman Pederson National Distinguished Service Award -- Awarded to a member of the American Hackney Horse Society who without compensation contributed his/her energies into the improvement of the AHHS, its activities, and membership.
Olivia Turner — “Spirit of the Youth Medallion” National Award -- Awarded to a youth who has demonstrated an exceptional desire to participate with a Hackney. The first award was given in 2002.
Larry Ella — Bill G. Robinson National Trainer Award -- Awarded to a trainer who personifies the training and exhibiting of Hackneys for the year. The memorial award was first given in the year 2001.
Steve Kildow — Elsa Mikkelsen National Distinguished Service Award -- Awarded to a member of the American Hackney Horse Society who has contributed his/her energies to the promotion of the Hackney Horse or Pony.
Sandra Surber — Annual Gwen Stableford Lifetime Achievement Award -- Honors a person for his or her lifelong contributions to the Hackney industry, dedication to the improvement of the breed, demonstration of their love for the Hackney in or out of the show ring, and support of the American Hackney Horse Society.
-- via AHHS