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Honor Recognizes the Nation’s Most Exceptional Horse


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – January 13, 2007 – Amid the splendor of the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) annual meeting and black tie gala, Show Jumper Champion Authentic was named the 2006 Farnam® / Platform® • USEF Horse of the Year. Authentic was selected from among all USEF breeds and disciplines as the nation’s most exceptional horse for 2006.

Owned by Abigail Wexner of New Albany, Ohio, Authentic is one of the most successful horses in the history of U. S. Show Jumping – a discipline in which the horse and rider must clear a series of demanding jumps ranging as high as five feet or more.

“I’m happy people voted for Authentic because he is so special to me,” said Beezie Madden, Authentic’s rider. “Of so many worthy horses nominated, it is quite a feat to be voted as Horse of the Year.”

“Authentic epitomizes the courageous spirit and dedication so necessary in the show jumping discipline – it is this dedication and exceptional talent for which this award was established,” said Chris Jacobi, senior vice president of Farnam Horse Products, sponsor of the awards program.

The last three years have not only been a whirlwind for Authentic and his rider, Beezie Madden, they have brought an amazing medals haul. It began in 2004 when Authentic and Madden wowed crowds at the 2004 USEF Olympic Selection Trials, where he accumulated an unbelievably low eight faults across six very challenging selection events over two weeks. Later that year, he was one of the stars of Team USA in the show jumping competition at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where he jumped the first three rounds with zero faults and ultimately received a Gold Team medal. In 2005, the bay gelding amazed everyone by helping the American team show the world the power and talent of our contingent at the Samsung Super League by winning their first Nations Cup. In 2006, at the FEI World Equestrian Games, the horse and his rider won the Individual Silver medal and contributed to his team’s bringing home a Team Silver. Authentic made the show jumping world stand up and take notice by jumping nine rounds without dropping a rail (and only clipping a water obstacle during one phase of competition). This was not the first time the stunning 11-year-old Warmblood would hold the world’s attention and cause crowds to leap to their feet.

USEF Members, media and the USEF Board of Directors voted to select Authentic for the prestigious honor – presented at the Horse of the Year gala at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 13, 2007. The trophy – a 39-inch bronze sculpture on permanent display at the USEF headquarters in Kentucky – was commissioned by well-known equine artist Alexa King. Bronze replicas of the trophy were presented to the owners of the winning horse and crystal trophies were presented to the finalists. Other finalists for the award were: CH Callaway’s Copyright, Saddlebred, owned by Fox Grape Farms, Inc. of Roanoke, Va.; Floriano, Dressage, owned by Stephen and Laurelyn Browning of Agua Dulce, Calif.; Mister Nicadual, Reining, owned by Jerry Kimmel of Grandbury, Tex.; and Selwood Park Deneuve, Half-Andalusian, owned by Gareth Selwood of Lake Geneva, Wis.

Farnam's line of Platform® horse feeds and equine health supplements sponsors the Horse of the Year program in an exclusive four-year partnership that propels the ever-popular USEF awards program to a new level of excellence. For more information about the Platform® Feeding System, visit http://www.platformfeed.com.

Over the past six decades, Farnam Horse Products has grown to one of the most widely recognized names in the animal health products industry and become one of the largest marketers of equine products in the country. No one knows horses better than Farnam. That’s why no one offers a more complete selection of horse care products. Farnam’s Horse Products serve both the pleasure horse and the performance horse markets with more than products for fly control, hoof and leg care, grooming, wound treatment and leather care supplies, plus feed and nutritional supplements. For information about Farnam Horse Products, in the U.S. call toll free at (800) 234-2269, direct at (602) 285-1660 or visit http://www.farnamhorse.com.

Farnam – We Make Life Better for Animals and Their People

Pictured: David J. O’Connor, president of USEF; Beezie Madden, Authentic’s Rider; and Chris Jacobi, senior vice president of Farnam Horse Products.

Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee/USEF Archives


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