Perpetual Awards

The origin of the Perpetual Trophies was at a large, annual horse show held at Hobby Horse Hill Farm.  The show was a benefit for the Family Nursing Service which provided badly-needed healthcare to local people. Lazelle Knocke and her husband Frederick were the driving forces behind the event.  In 1969, the Eastern States Dressage Association (ESDA) was founded and the Knocke family passed the torch to this new organization, currently Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (ESDCTA).

 Over the years, farms, organizations and individuals have donated trophies; currently, there are 19 Perpetual Trophies. Recipients include well-known professionals, amateurs and juniors.  Each rider and horse deserve recognition for the role they played in promoting the growth of equestrian sport.

 The Perpetual Trophies had been traditionally awarded at the ESDCTA Garden State Classic Show as a salute to our heritage and a nod to the spirit of the founding fathers and mothers.  Changing things up a little, the Perpetual Trophies will be awarded at the 2014 ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Show.

 Following is a listing of each trophy that includes a brief history of the donor, award criteria and complete list of past award recipients.

 If you have any questions, please contact Jean Goeltz at

Rose and Hans Sinn Perpetual Award – All Level High Score (ESDCTA Members Only)

The Louise C. Strunsky Memorial Challenge Trophy – Training Level High Score

The Colonel Bengt Ljunquist Perpetual Trophy – First Level High Score

Elliott Haller Perptual Trophy – Second Level High Score

Major Dezso Szilagyi Perpetual High Score Trophy –  Second / Third Level High Score

Captain Elwood E. Geissler Perpetual Memorial Trophy – Third Level High Score

Hobby Horse Hill Challenge Trophy – Fourth Level High Score

Brigadier General Cole Trophy – Prix St. Georges High Score

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Unlimited Perpetual Trophy – Intermediaire – I High Score

In Memory of Darla Lynn Schwark –  Intermediaire – II High Score

Fiona Baan Memorial Trophy – Grand Prix – High Score

ESDA President’s Perpetual Trophy – FEI High Score

The Landy Memorial Trophy –  Musical Freestyle High Score – ESDCTA member

Major Hector Carmona Memorial Trophy – All Level High Score – ESDCTA member

The Family Nursing Service Horse Show Pony Club – Pony Club Member – High Score

True Story Memorial TrophyPony – High Score

Blue Spruce Dressage Center:

Junior/Young Rider Perpetual Trophy – 12 Years of Age or Younger High Score

Junior/Young Rider – Training Through Second Level High Score

Junior/Young Rider – Third Level and Above High Score

Eastern Arabian Perpetual Trophy – Arabian or Half-Arabian High Score