Every year at the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, year-end award winners, champions, and high-score recipients are presented with perpetual trophies commemorating their achievements. Even beyond the significance of the awards, many of these trophies incorporate stunning original pieces of equine art. Have you ever wondered who created these works, and where they came from? Let’s give these artists and their beautiful pieces their due. Today, we look at The Colonel Thackeray Trophy.
The Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year owner receives the large silver cup known as the Colonel Thackeray Trophy, which is on permanent display at the USDF National Education Center in Lexington, KY. The champion’s name is engraved on a plate that is mounted on the cup’s wooden base. The cup was either donated by, or previously owned by (records are unclear), the late Col. Donald Thackeray, who in 1998 was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to American dressage. The Thackeray Trophy was first presented in 1996.