USET Foundation Awards 2017 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Young Talent Chloe Reid

Chloe Reid received the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy at the 2017 Gold Medal Club Reception

Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2017 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is honored to name the accomplished young show jumper, Chloe Reid, of Washington, D.C., as the recipient of the 2017 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy.

Each year this award is presented to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. At only 20 years old, Reid spends the summer training and showing in Germany under the tutelage of Markus and Meredith Beerbaum. In the spring, she heads to south Florida to attend school at the University of Miami and to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida.

Reid accepted the prestigious award on Friday, Jan. 20, at the USET Foundation’s Gold Medal Club Reception in Wellington, Florida. Having witnessed many of her friends receive the award in previous years, she was honored to be the 2017 beneficiary.

“It’s an incredible honor to join the list of names who have won this award previously,” Reid said. “I’ve attended the USET Foundation’s awards reception for a few years now to support and see many of my friends receive this award, and to now be chosen is an incredible honor.”

Presently, Reid has a string of five top horses, but her most seasoned partners are Codarco, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion, and TNT Explosive, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding.

Some of Reid’s many successes in 2016 include being chosen to represent the United States on the Nations Cup team in Samorin, Slovakia, aboard TNT Explosive. Reid also piloted Codarco to a third place finish in a CSI3* grand prix and a top ten finish in a CSI5* grand prix in Wellington.

“I have some young horses so I’m really excited for this season in Wellington to get them going in the ring and give them some confidence,” Reid explained. “Also, I hope to have some great results with my more experienced horses in the grand prix events.”

Looking ahead, Reid says she will return to Germany upon completion of her spring semester at the University of Miami to continue her training with the Beerbaums. Her ultimate goal during the summer is to make it onto more Nations Cup teams and represent the United States.

Reid concluded, “My uncle, Chester Weber, has sort of drilled that into me since I was a little child — to be able to represent the United States — there is nothing better than that.”

Reid accredits her accomplishments in the sport thanks to hard work, her supportive family and the amazing team who stands behind her.

At the Gold Medal Club Reception, Reid accepted her award and said, “I have been blessed to have been able to ride so many incredible animals. This is as much my award as it is theirs, if not more. I would like to dedicate this award and all I have achieved to my family. Looking forward, I am eager to represent the United States of America in team competitions. I promise to do my very best to help bring home many team medals, preferably of the gold variety. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing our country’s flag being raised. Thank you again for this kindness, I can only hope this is just the beginning.”

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, New Jersey. 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
2017 – Chloe Reid

The USET Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international and high performance horses and athletes in partnership with US Equestrian.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.