The Clovis Challenge Recognizing and Rewarding
Compassionate Dressage Partnerships
This award has been established in memory of an extraordinary horse, Clovis, who remarkably competed successfully in FEI level dressage into his late twenties. Clovis had severe Cushing's disease, anhydrosis, and chronic lymphangitis, but against all odds, and due to a compassionate and knowledgeable team of caregivers and nutritionists, he was able to be managed and kept remarkably healthy and full of zest for life until his last breath. Clovis had a goofy, playful, quirky personality, and absolutely loved his work and his human partnerships.
The Clovis Challenge has been created to recognize dressage riders who are successfully training and competing while always placing their horse's needs and well-being ahead of their own goals and desires. The intention of the award is to recognize compassionate partnerships and dedication to the horse's mental and physical well-being. The rider(s) selected will receive a collection of equine related products, gift certificates from participating equestrian businesses and a generous supply of Triple Crown feed. In addition, the award includes a cash prize of $500 to be utilized for an approved clinic or educational event to advance the horse and rider team in their compassionate training together. Eligible riders for this award must reside in the United States and be nominated by an equine professional (such as a trainer, judge/official, veterinarian, or farrier) who recognizes their strong dedication to the comfort of their equine partner. Nominees can be amateur, professional, or junior riders.
The nomination period for the 2022 Clovis Challenge will open January 1, 2022 and continue through October 31, 2022. Once nominated by a professional in the industry, a detailed application will be mailed to the nominee, to be completed and returned by December 1, 2022 for consideration. The panel will review all returned applications and will announce the winner in early January 2023.
Clovis touched many lives during his 27 years, and taught endless lessons about partnership and compassion. This award has been developed to ensure that Clovis's legacy and teachings continue for many years to come, and that strong horsemanship and dedication to our equine partners is recognized and promoted throughout our industry.