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The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Award Rising Star Award

The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level of Polocrosse at the Pony Club National Championships. The award will be in the form of a trophy.

Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA by July 1. Registration and Membership information may be found on the
DCBOA web site.

Any questions should be directed to the Activities Services Director,
Wayne Quarles, or Activities Assistant, Erin Woodall.



The American Polocrosse Award for Exemplary Sportsmanship 

Trevor B. - recipient of the 2011 American Polocrosse Sportsmanship Award

This award will be given annually to the USPC polocrosse competitor (including horse managers), whose actions and behavior best exemplifies excellent sportsmanship during the annual USPC Championship competition. APA will purchase a plaque to be displayed at the USPC headquarters listing annual recipients. The award recipient will also receive a personal plaque from APA.

 Criteria: the player must exhibit good sportsmanship through behavior both on and off the field that exhibits cooperation over competition by assisting teammates as well as opposing team members as the need arises treats all competitors, umpires, Horse Management judges, and officials with courtesy at all times provides exemplary care for his/her horse during and after competition.

Nominations for this award will come form competitors, umpires, horse management officials, organizers, and other polocrosse officials. The recipient will be selected by a committee made up of the Chief Umpire, the Chief Horse Management Judge, and the Technical Delegate. The award will be presented at the Championship awards ceremony by a representative of APA.




Cadillac Best Horse Award

by Victoria Prince, Chief Umpire for USPC Polocrosse Champs, Graduate C-3, Hunterdon Hills PC, NJ Region

Kate L. - accepting the 2011 novice level Cadillac Award for Best Horse

Alex G. - accepting the 2011 intermediate level Cadillac Award for Best Horse

Who is Cadillac? When I read the description for the Cadillac Memorial Award in the USPC Polocrosse Championships program, I felt tears well up in my eyes. I remember driving down to Lexington at 2 am in 2004 to catch the first Chukkah of play at USPC Championships and seeing the great horse play her heart out all weekend. That year she accomplished a feat that no horse had yet achieved at USPC Polocrosse Championships, and no horse has achieved since, she locked out the competition. Over three days of intense play, no one, not one player, got a goal past that great red mare, Cadillac and her talented rider, Andrew Diemer. Cadillac spent her younger years as a top level polo pony, but the years of pressure had taken their toll, and while still in her prime she was cast off as a burned out polo pony. She found a loving home with the Diemer family in North Carolina, and with much patience, perseverance and hard work they discovered one of the best Polocrosse horses in the sport. Cadillac was a chestnut, Argentinean Thoroughbred mare, and was a feisty, funky, athlete. Her rider, Andrew Diemer, flew through the ranks of Polocrosse on his talented horse.

In 2007, Andrew was chosen to represent the US on an under 16 tour versus the New South Wales (Australia), and together he and Cadillac played Polocrosse on the mall in Washington DC over the 4th of July weekend. The pair was a powerful combination, helping their team give the Australians a tough time on the field. Tragically, after performing so valiantly on the field, Cadillac was later kicked in a paddock. While the initial surgery to repair the damage went well, the brave mare later succumb to complications due to surgery. In Cadillac's memory, the Diemers have sponsored the traditional Best Horse Award for all USPC Polocrosse Championships, by donating beautiful leather halters with brass plaques to the best horse in each division.

2008 was the inaugural year for the Cadillac award, and at USPC Championships East the awards were given to two deserving horses in the Novice and Intermediate horse division. The Best Horse award is classically given to the horse with the best moves, greatest fitness, and best manners- the all around best horse. This is an award for the "Best Horse" in each division (Advanced, Int. Horse, and Int. Pony) at Championships. The selection is made by the umpires.

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