Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Ottawa, Ontario— Wendy Southam of Stoufville, ON earned the United States Eventing Association Advanced Master Amateur Rider of the Year Award, after a successful season competing in the United States.Open to amateurs over the age of 40 who are current USEA members, riders accumulate points for placings earned in the Advanced division at events throughout the 2006 season. Paired with her 14-year-old Zangersheide mare Ruba Z, Southam finished the season at the top of the leaderboard with 23 points.“This season was my first ever attempt at the Advanced eventing level. Ruba Z and I had three very successful seasons at the Preliminary level, followed by two very successful seasons at the Intermediate level, with many first place finishes,” explained Southam. “I knew that if I was ever going to try the Advanced level, Ruba Z was definitely the horse to try it on.”The duo started the season out very strong in March, winning the Advanced division at the Pine Top Spring Horse Trials in Thomson, Georgia. More recently, in September, they finished eighth out of a very competitive field of 38 entries at the Plantation Horse Trials in Unionville, Pennsylvania.“We had many great moments over the year, and learned a lot too,” commented Southam. “I only ride one horse a day, and don’t make my living at this sport, so its nice to be recognized in a sport where at the Advanced level it is mostly professionals who you are competing against, and who place at most of the shows.”Southam will receive her award at the USEA Awards Banquet and Annual Convention, to be held December 7 – 10, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri.“Being recognized as Advanced Master Amateur Rider of the Year by the USEA is very exciting and a great honour,” stated Southam. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.