Brandi Roenick Awarded Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

          Lexington, KY (July 24, 2012) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Region 5 Young Rider, Brandi Roenick and Weltino's Magic, were awarded this year's Fiona Baan "Pursuit of Excellence" Memorial Trophy by earning the highest combined average score by a young rider in the three dressage tests. Brandi Roenick (17, Scottsdale, AZ) and Jen Hlavacek's ten-year-old, Westphalian gelding, Weltino's Magic, earned triple gold at this year's USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior &Young Rider Dressage Championships at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North. Roenick reigned supreme in the FEI Young Rider Division with an overall combined average of 72.482%.  Brandi secured a hat trick with three top finishes by earning 70.500% in the Team Test, 74.947% in the Individual Test, and 72.000% in the Freestyle Test.
          This award, which is on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation and USDF Hall of Fame, has been presented since 1994 to the young rider competing in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Young Rider Dressage Championship that receives the highest combined average score for all three of their dressage tests; FEI Young Rider Team, Individual, and Freestyle. 
          The "Pursuit of Excellence" is the legacy Fiona Baan left to all the FEI Young Riders, and indeed to everyone who ever knew or worked with her.  For nearly 30 years, Ms. Baan worked tirelessly with great dedication to the United States Equestrian Team (USET).  She was U.S. Dressage Team leader for the 1976 Olympics, in which the U.S. won the Bronze Medal, the 1987 Pan Am Games, and for the Bronze Medal dressage team at the 1992 Olympics, in Barcelona.
          For more information about the North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championships, the Fiona Baan "Pursuit of Excellence" Memorial Trophy, or the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame visit the USDF website at

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