The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 American Hackney Horse Society Annual Awards is November 5, 2017. These prestigious awards are given out at the Annual UPHA/AHHS Convention, next year being held in Amelia Island, Florida, January 30-February 3, 2018. The host hotel is the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
Please submit your nominations to Brooke Jacobs at AHHSAwards@gmail.com on or before November 5.
New this year is the 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 American Hackney Horse Society.
Anna Lee Spires Judd Amateur Exhibitor Award -- Awarded to an exhibitor of Hackneys whose performances in the show ring set standards of competition, sportsmanship, and appeal to the general viewing public.
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.
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.
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.
“Spirit Of The Youth Medallion” National Award -- Awarded to a youth who has demonstrated an exceptional desire to participate with a Hackney. Nominees should be participants in the Youth Medallion Program in the current year. The first award was given in 2002.
Bill G. Robinson National Trainer Award -- Awarded to a trainer or training team who personify the training and exhibiting of Hackneys for the year. The memorial award was first given in the year 2001.
Elsa Mikkelsen 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.
-- via AHHS