Jack Fritz honored with ASHA-First USA Bank Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. John (Jack) H. Fritz has been honored as the 2000 AHSA - First USA Bank Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the AHSA ...Mr. John (Jack) H. Fritz has been honored as the 2000 AHSA - First USA Bank Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the AHSA ...

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Mr. John (Jack) H. Fritz has been honored as the 2000 AHSA – First USA Bank Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the AHSA Executive Committee to an outstanding equestrian whose "lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to the sport of horse showing and whose equestrian career and horsemanship has continually elevated the sport’s excellence."

As this year’s honoree, Jack Fritz adds his name to a distinguished list of equestrians who have made indelible marks in the world of horse sports, including recent recipients, Emerson Burr, Major General Jonathan R. Burton, Kenneth & Sallie Wheeler and HRH Prince Philip.

Jack Fritz will be formally presented with this honor during the AHSA Annual Convention, January 10-14, Colorado Springs, CO, at the Friday night Pegasus Dinner.

JOHN (JACK) H. FRITZ

* Sustaining member of the United States Pony Club since 1955.
* Became a USPC Governor in 1960, 1972 Vice President, 1976 First Vice President and became President in 1981 to 1982. Member of the USPC Advisory Committee 1983 to present.
* Received the USPC Founders Award in 1994
* History professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University for 25 years and served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University’s Madison campus.
* Author of numerous books on horse sports including, "Designing Courses and Obstacles" , "Champion Horse and Riders of North America" and the American edition of French Blake’s "Dressage for Beginners" and "Intermediate Dressage".
* Founding member of the USCTA, USDF, Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association, Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association and the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association.
* Advisor to Inter-Scholastic Dressage Association.
* Has been an officer and Vice President of the USET. A Board member since 1967.
* 1968 Horseman of the Year by the New Jersey Professional Horseman’s Association for his extensive work in promoting interest in horse sports among the youth of New Jersey.
* 1969 Horseman of the Year by the New Jersey Horse Council.
* Director of Horsemanship in the mid-1950’s at Culver Military Academy
* Advisor to the Department of Horsemanship at Culver and the Black Horse Troop from 1960 to present as well as Troop D at Valley Forge Military Academy and College.
* Trustee of Centenary College in New Jersey and Chairman of the President’s Equine Studies Advisory Council
* Director if Horsemanship and Commandant Junior Essex Troop of Cavalry in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
* Director of the Board of the US Cavalry Association.
* Vice President of the Dressage Foundation.
* 1973 Co-organizer of the Parsons Mounted Cavalry in the corps of cadets of Texas A & M University. Advisor to the unit since.
* Three-Day Event judge at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1987 Pan American Games.
* Member of the FEI Young Rider and Pony Riders Committees for eight years and officiated at five European Pony Riders Championships.
* Has served or currently serving on the AHSA Dressage, Licensed Officials, Charges, Protests & Hearings, Eventing and Junior Hunter, Jumper Committees.
* Has several AHSA licenses in Dressage, Jumpers, & Combined Training.
* The Fritz Cup presented to the AHSA by the Board of the Association and the USCTA Board in recognition of Fritz’s promotion of Junior/young Rider competitions, especially his role in creating the North American Young Riders Championship. The cup is awarded to the winner of the AHSA National Western JR/YR CCN* Championship.
* Has held licenses as a judge for Hunters, Jumpers, Hunt Seat Equitation, Dressage and Eventing.
* Has been a licensed steward and a technical delegate for dressage and eventing. Has been an FEI international judge in Dressage and Eventing.
* 1999 recipient of the Walter B. Devereux Trophy for the AHSA Sportsmanship Award
* 1999 inductee to the USCTA newly established Hall of Fame
* Named as one the centuries most 50 influential individuals in Equestrian Sports by Chronicle of the Horse, 1999.
* 2000 inductee to the USDF Hall of Fame.
* 2000 Awarded the Governors Trophy by the Equine Advisory Board of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture as 1999 Horseman of the Year.