In addition to ribbons and awards in each Division, Hanson Riding Club awards the
following special recognitions each year:

HRC Rookie Trail Blazer Award
This trophy is awarded to the high point rider in his or her first year of trail riding
who has completed at least one Hanson Riding Club trail ride and a judged ride or
Versatility event and who has accrued the highest mileage or points on the same

4-H High Point Trail Ride Award
Awarded to an HRC member who is also a 4-H member accumulating the most
points/mileage at HRC Pleasure/ Judged Trail Rides and/or Versatility on the same

Nancy Whelan Memorial Award
Awarded to the high point walk/trot division HRC rider who has competed in at
least one HRC Show, and one HRC Pleasure/ Judged Trail Ride or Versatility
event on the same horse.  Donated by the Hanson Riding Club in fond memory of
HRC member, Nancy Whelan, a lovely horsewoman who passionately competed in
HRC Shows and Trail Rides, and loved sharing her knowledge and love for horses
with fellow enthusiasts.

HRC Versatility Award
Awarded to the high-point horse and rider combination that competed in both HRC
Versatility events and at least one HRC trail ride.

Wayne Rose Memorial Award
Awarded to the high-point Hanson Riding Club rider from the walk/trot 12 & under
divisions. Originally donated by the Elias family in memory of Wayne Rose who
was active in the club and had a special place in his heart for children.

Purina Senior Horse Award
In recognition and appreciation of all the “old timers” that are still going strong.
This trophy is sponsored and provided by Purina Feeds and Hanson Grain. It is
awarded to the high-point senior horse over the age of 15, ridden by an HRC
member, with the most points accumulated in the Purina Senior Pleasure Classes.

Good Hands Equitation Award
Awarded to the high-point Hanson Riding Club walk/trot equitation rider from any
age division from points accumulated in Walk/Trot or the Green Horse Division.

Leann Edelmann Memorial Award
Originally donated by Evelyn McPhee and the Edelman Family in Memory of Leann
Edelman, a young and brilliant horsewoman who is dearly missed in this horse
community. This returning Challenge Trophy is awarded to the equitation rider who
has earned the combined highest point total in all the Walk/Trot/Canter divisions.

HRC Presidential Under Saddle Award
Awarded to the high-point horse and rider combination for points accumulated in
pleasure, trail and equitation classes in the Walk/Trot/Canter division. Given in
memory of our founding President, Harold Hennessy whose love of, and dedication
to horses and riding lives on today through the Hanson Riding Club.

HRC Overall High-Point Horse or Pony Award
This award is based strictly on the horse or pony’s accumulative points from all
classes at Hanson Riding Club horse shows. It counts division, games and
miscellaneous classes. Multiple riders can accrue points on the same horse,
however, every rider must be an HRC member in good standing on the day of the

Whit Acres Farm "Sharing the Dream" Perpetual Trophy
Sponsored by Whit Acres Farm, this trophy is awarded to that individual who is
noticed throughout the season for their continual support and hours of dedication.  
Not necessarily a rider themselves, they take the time out of their busy schedule to
cheer on someone important in their lives.  This is about the person in the rider's
life that just understands the lifestyle, the commitment, the passion, the dream.

Jim’s Li’l Chico Memorial Challenge Award
Awarded to the overall high-point Leadline rider from either age group
accumulated from all Leadline classes at all HRC shows.
This Challenge Trophy is donated by Rita Bryant and the Balmes family in loving
memory of a very special horse who touched their lives for more than 16
years. Jim’s Li’l Chico, “Chico”, a kind, gentle and trustworthy Appaloosa gelding,
carried many young riders into their first show, (he never missed a Hanson Riding
Club show), helped build their confidence and got a few “older” riders back in the

Showmanship  Challenge Trophy
Given to the exhibitor, who is also a Hanson Riding Club member, whose
exemplary showmanship skills were rewarded during the show season, culminating
in the judge’s choice of a champion from all the showmanship class winners of the
season.  The Showmanship Challenge winner was chosen at HRC’s Supreme

Chatas King Billy Award
This award is given to a Hanson Riding Club member of any age who has a
passion for showing and treats his or her horse with kindness, love and respect.
This recipient must display excellent sportsmanship, in and out of the ring. This
belt buckle is awarded regardless of points earned in the show ring.

Triple Bar Gentleman All-Around Horse or Pony Memorial Award
This award honors those horses that do a little bit of everything.  Recipients of this
award will be selected based on points earned at HRC SHows as well as
participation at HRC Versatility Events, HRC Trail Rides and other HRC events
(parades, clinics, etc). This award is based strictly on the horse's points and can
be earned by different riders at the different events as long as the are HRC
members in good standing.  Points at shows will be chosen from the highest point
earner in one division for that day. Participation points are given for other events.