USET Foundation Awards 2016 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Lucy Deslauriers

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January 26, 2016--The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy is the talented show jumping rider Lucy Deslauriers of New York, New York.

Jim McNerney, Lucy Deslauriers and S Tucker S Johnson | Photo Copyright Phelps Media Group

Jim McNerney, Lucy Deslauriers and S Tucker S Johnson | Photo Copyright Phelps Media Group

Each year this award is presented to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. In 2015, Deslauriers career took off when she captured the "Grand Slam" of show jumping for a young rider, winning Individual Gold and Team Silver at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Individual and Team Gold at the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, and Individual Gold at the 2015 USEF Under 25 National Championships.

Sixteen-year-old Deslauriers was presented with this prestigious award at the USET Foundation's Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit, Rockin' Rio, on Jan. 22, in Wellington, Florida.

"It's a huge honor that I wasn't expecting," expressed Deslauriers. "I've received this thanks to the incredible team I have behind me and my group of horses. I'm very thankful that I've been recognized and have received this honor."

"I think that is part of the reason that I was able to accomplish these goals, because I didn't get caught up in how I had done previously or how much I had ahead of me, but took it step-by-step," she said. Deslauriers quickly added, "I also think that it's important that I don't get too caught up in how successful this year was. I'm definitely very lucky to have the results that I did. I am looking forward to competing next year and continuing my partnership with Hester. Hopefully, we'll continue to do well as we bond and move up and forward into next year."

Lucy's father, former Olympian Mario Deslauriers, originally rode Hester, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, but when Lucy took over the reins, it was an even better match. "He's really incredible in a number of ways, but I think that something that really stands out about him in particular is his fight," noted Lucy. "I always know that he's going to be there for me trying his best 200 percent of the time. It's really important to have a dependable partner like he has proved to be for me."

In 2015, Lucy's success was not only related to the show jumping arena, as she also took top honors in the 2015 George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship and placed second in the 2015 ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championships.

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester | Photo Copyright Phelps Media Group

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester | Photo Copyright Phelps Media Group

"The equitation division has provided a great base for my jumper riding and doing the jumpers with my father has also helped a lot in the equitation ring," she commented. "I think that the courses are often very similar."

This year, Deslauriers' goal is to move into the 1.50m division with Hester, where she already had success competing against the best in the world during the Bromont CSI3* over the summer. Deslauriers concluded, "In the more extended future, being able to represent the United States is something that I have dreamed of for a very long time, so that would be an amazing goal for me to accomplish."

Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy Winners
Patrick Guerrand-Hermès established the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Memorial Award in 1983 in memory of his son, Lionel, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1981 at the age of 18. Lionel trained with the United States Equestrian Team and was talented enough to be considered an Olympic hopeful. A perpetual trophy designed by Patrick Guerrand-Hermès is inscribed annually with the winner's name and permanently displayed at the USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Previous winners are:

1983 - Mark Leone
1984 - Jeffery Welles
1985 - Holly Mitten
1986 - Gregory A Best
1987 - Susanne Owen
1988 - Christopher Kappler
1989 - Mollie Bliss
1990 - Kim Keenan
1991 - McLain Ward
1992 - Abigail Lufkin
1993 - Mark Combs
1994 - Gabriella Salick
1995 - Megan Johnstone
1996 - Jonathan Elliot
1997 - Alison Firestone
1998 - Bruce Davidson Jr.
1999 - Chad Geeter
2000 - Elise Haas
2001 - Marilyn Little
2002 - Clark Montgomery
2003 - Will Faudree
2004 - Kristin Schmolze
2005 - Brianne Goutal
2006 - Katie Hamilton
2007 - Carolyn Kelly
2008 - Hillary Dobbs
2009 - Laura Noyes
2010 - Jennifer Waxman
2011 - Tiana Coudray
2012 - Lucy Davis
2013 - Reed Kessler
2014 - Katie Dinan
2015 - Lillie Keenan
2016 - Lucy Deslauriers

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.