New Brunswick, N.J. – The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is proud to name internationally renowned equestrian, Sally Ike, as the 2016 recipient of the “Spirit of the Horse” award. Ms. Ike will receive the award during an Equine Science Center special welcome back to campus event, “An Evening with Sally Ike” on Tuesday, September 29.
The “Spirit of the Horse” award recognizes individuals whose lives have been profoundly changed because of their involvement with horses and who have acknowledged the impact by giving back to the horse industry.
Director of the Equine Science Center, Karyn Malinowski, stated, “Sally Ike’s entire life has revolved around horses and her internationally reputation with both the United States Equestrian Team and now the United Stated Equestrian Federation, make her a role model for anyone aspiring to compete at the highest level of equestrian sport. In her latest role as USEF’s Managing Director of Education and Licensed Officials, Sally is integrally involved in preparing the United States’ future Olympic riders.”
Sally Ike competed internationally for the United States Equestrian Team in Three-Day Eventing. She was named the USET’s Director of Three-Day Eventing and Show Jumping Activities in 1989. Beginning in August 1993, Ike devoted her energy to show jumping, and was responsible for overseeing and planning all aspects of USET Show Jumping activities, and added Vaulting from 2001-2004. With the establishment of the U.S. Equestrian Federation on December 1, 2003, Mrs. Ike became an employee of USEF, performing the same duties as those earlier completed for the U. S. Equestrian Team. In 2006, Ike was promoted to Managing Director, Show Jumping Programs, overseeing the entire sport for the U.S., nationally and internationally, and in 2013 transitioned out of sport directly to become USEF’s Managing Director of Education and Licensed Officials.
“The Spirit of the Horse Award is very meaningful to me because it recognizes people whose lives have been profoundly changed because of their involvement with horses. Without a doubt, I am that person,” said Sally Ike. “My whole life has been wonderfully rewarding because of my involvement with this marvelous animal and the places it has taken me. It is especially significant that this award is through the Equine Science Center at Rutgers; my hope is that my experiences will inspire young people to, like me, follow their passion because you just never know where it will take you,” she continued.
Sally will present an informal lecture, “An Evening With Sally Ike”, to Rutgers students and other aspiring equestrians at the Roundhouse on College Farm Road on September 29 at 7:00 PM. There is no charge for the lecture, but there is a $25 charge for the pre-lecture BBQ with Ms. Ike for the general public. The pre-lecture BBQ will start at 5:00PM.
Recognizing the importance of young equine enthusiasts, Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services has sponsored this event and all students with a valid student ID will be able to attend the BBQ for free.