Chris is an excellent promoter of the distance sports to not only those already participating in them, but also to horse aficionados who may be interested but are not sure how to get started. She takes every opportunity to discuss and educate on the subject. For example, earlier this year she wrote and produced a brochure outlining what SEDRA is, what it does, what it offers and how to contact the organization to find out more. The brochure was professionally printed and ready to hand out at the March AERC convention, at rides and at other sport horse venues. At the SEDRA booth at convention she was there almost the whole time discussing the sport in general and SEDRA in particular and presenting great reasons to join and participate in both.
Chris has made significant contributions to SEDRA as President. In her two years in this position she has overseen an increase in membership, primarily as a result of her own hands-on efforts, and has invited a
variety of previously uninvolved members to join the BOD and/or various committees. She allows each member an equal voice, always giving the speaker her full attention. She has presented at SEDRA educational clinics for several years. A favorite innovation with riders at events is her “hospitality table” which is set up by her trailer at every ride she attends. The table is always loaded with fruit, health bars, coffee and other assorted goodies.
Chris is a great role model for the distance sports. She does not ask others to do anything she won’t do. She sets high standards for herself, takes accountability when needed, promotes calm, pertinent discourse and is the first to pitch in to assist when asked or if she sees an opportunity to promote effective interaction. She is a good rider and loves to compete. She makes it a goal to attend as many SEDRA sanctioned rides as possible while continuing to work full time. On the trail she is courteous and helpful. She takes excellent care of her horses and is always willing to give advice to others about improving their and their horses’ performance when asked.
Chris works well with and is supportive of others. There have been very few minor conflicts, but when these do occur she works diligently to try to resolve the issues and smooth ruffled feathers. She goes the extra mile when members have personal challenges in their lives by sending appropriate notes or inexpensive “thinking or you” gifts. Several times she has gone in person to offer a sympathetic ear and a hug.
If I had to sum up this person with one word that word would be “passion”. She is passionate about distance sports, about other people and about SEDRA. Thank you, Chris Littlefield for all you have done and continue to do for our sport, SEDRA and SEDRA members.
When you ask Debbie Parsons Holt what is the breeding of her horse her response is “He’s an Auctionabian”.
This special horse was purchased for $600 (maybe less) at a Florida auction. The gentleman selling him was proud to state he had just ridden the local trails all weekend long; the horse never tiring.
If I remember correctly, that was about 6 + hours with a possibility of 15-20 miles through the weekend.
With that remark and the fact that this horse was well put together and of a good age (whatever that guess may have been) he found himself a new home, a new owner and new way to conquer
trails. 6 hours over a course of the weekend had turned into 12-24 hours on a course of 50-100 miles over a weekend. Still no problem.
I recall seeing this team at their first ride at Camp Osborne where they completed the 50 in 8.5 hours coming in 42nd place. That was the beginning of their 7 – year endurance career which spanned throughout the Southeast region and as far west as California, specifically for a FINISH at the Western States Trail aka Tevis before the 24-hour cut-off.
Prior to Tevis, this team also completed the Big Horn 100, Far Out Forest 100 and the Goethe 100. He has completed several 75’s and multiple 50’s. He has done CTR and other equine sports. No matter if the
terrain had little rocks, big rocks, deep sand, mud and water; whether the terrain was mountainous or a flat desert, this horse got it done!
This horse has won multiple High Point and Reserve Awards along with High Mileage Awards with SEDRA. With over 2700 competition miles that include both AERC & SEDRA recognitions, I say this “Auctionabian” was a great investment.
The award of Horse and Rider Team is a very meaningful award in an organization that prides itself in the Motto “To Finish is to win”. The horse has to be willing to compete every time it passes the start line, and the Rider must always be able to match the ability of the horse. Over the career of these two deserving athletes, it has not always been easy to do. Some of the challenges they have faced together has made them a Team deserving of this award.
From the first time they competed at the Rabbit Run ride in New Jersey many years ago to their recent endeavors, they both don’t know the word quit. The Rider is very proud of the 3,000+ miles they have done together. They are truly a Team for the decade!
Windstalker aka Jack and Denise Secino have always competed together with grit and determination that is worthy of emulation. Their many awards and accolades for exceptional performance are in the record books and speak for themselves. Denise says it best by saying that “every mile with Jack has been a pleasure”.
Denise finds the challenge and pitfalls of distance riding extremely rewarding. However, it’s the bond and adventures with her horse that can‘t be matched. She is grateful to have a “great partner” in Jack” who never quits no matter how “tough” the ride. Jack and Denise are well deserving of this award.
|YEAR||HORSE||RIDER||HORSE & RIDER||EXEMPLARY PERSON|
|2019-20||Boomer (Debbie Holt)||N/A||Denise Secino & Windstalker||Chris Littlefield|
|2018-19||Teese (Yvette Vinton)||Lindsay Campbell||Chris Littlefield & Farley||Cheryl Van Deusen|
|2017-18||Majeco (Maria Florkiewicz)||Yvette Vinton||Ed Casillas & Obrizo Juan Sinsonte||N/A|
|2016-17||Precious Beaunita (Van Deusen)||Butch Duval||John Shaw & Locamotion Lassie||Vickie Thompson|
|2015-16||Farley (Littlefield)||Ruthann Pivirotto||Stephanie Sutch & GHP Baile Hill||Tom and Maria Florkiewicz|
|2014-15||FM Spirit Wind (Ciccone)||Donna Shoaf||Maria Florkiewicz & Majeco||Leah Greenleaf & Debbie Price|
|2013-14||SA Csea Mistral (Ramsay)||Cheryl Van Deusen||Lindsay Campbell and Pocita De Cosa Dulce||Butch and Sam Duval|
|2012-13||Silko Desert Rain (Shoaf)||Wes Maillard||Norma Caron & Frenchify||Jackie Baker|
|2011-12||Ebony Cassanova (Van Deusen)||Stephanie Bishop||Roxanne Ciconne & Shar-po||Jean & John Saw|
|2010-11||Leo De Vez (Campbell)||Debbie Parsons||Jodie Moore & Hadar's Cat Balou||Helen Koehler|
|2009-10||AU Temptress (Thomas/Roberts)||Deena Meyer||Donna Shoaf & Silko Desert Rain||Shelley Scott-Jones|
|2008-09||Auburn Flame (McMahon)||Steve Rojek||Dorothy Zay & Smoke Rise Dendara||Carol Thompson|
|2007-08||Sanyati (Davis)||Randi Lavikoff||Vickie Doler & Midnight Twist||Maris Ramsay|
|2006-07||DA Al Capone (Van Deusen)||Gini Agnew||Ruth Ann McMahon & Auburn Flame||Caren Stauffer|
|2005-06||Traveston Cobb (Beacon)||Darlene Krell||Roxanne Ciccone & FM Spirit Wind||Bubba Manucy|
|2004-05||Smoke Rise Symbol (Thompson)||Dinah Rojek||Debbie Price & Novator Prince||Ken Anderson|
|2003-04||Felix of Greystones (Oakes-Simpson)||Charlie Morgan||Carol Thompson & Irish Rogue||Jodie Moore|
|2002-03||Sage (Paul)||Roxanne Ciconne||Norma Caron and King's OCS Lad||Nora Mask|
|2001-02||CC Baron Gandolf (Clark)||Anita Carlson||Wes Maillard & Samia Emirra||Pat Thomas|
|2000-01||Highly Recommended (Duval)||Becky Siler||Steve Rojek & Hawk||Doug Shearer|
|1999-2000||HiFlyin Tiger (Thompson)||Marion Hawthorne||Eileen Cornwell & Ibn Ferrare||Wes & Carolyn Maillard|
|1998-99||Irish Blaze (Thompson)||Carol Thompson||Carol Clark & CC Baron Gandolf||Rob Thompson|
|1997-98||Captiva (Bostrom)||Carolyn Wagner||Cindy Bell & Wameco||Eileen Cornwell|
|1996-97||Samia Emirra (Maillard)||none||Marion Hawthorne & April||Edith Whiting|
|1995-96||Gabar (Clingan)||Betsy Ayers||Joy Bostrom & Captiva||Norma & Gene Caron|
|1994-95||Miska Malika (Cornwell)||Jewell Griffin||Becky Siler & Moyle Brigham||Barbara LeFevre|
|1993-94||Kings OCS Lad (Caron)||Eileen Cornwell||Carol Thompson & Irish Blaze||Bob & Marge Campbell|