Skip to content

Courtney Ball Wins Saddle Seat World Cup Video Contest Grand Prize

Lexington, Ky. - For the past few weeks, votes have been cast at for ten Saddle Seat World Cup Video Contest finalists. The votes, cast by the general public, have now been tallied and Courtney Ball of Scottsdale, Ariz., has won the Grand Prize.


The contest began with more than 40 videos submitted by saddle seat riders from all across the United States. The videos had to be less than one minute long and answer the question, "What would it mean to you to be on a Saddle Seat World Cup team?" From those first submissions, a panel of judges selected ten of the videos as finalists and let the public determine the winner.


Ball's answer to the question proved to be the favorite among the voters. Sentiments like, "World Cup means you don't need a top horse to compete with the best around the world. In the end, it is your skill that prevails," and, "Every time you put your foot in the stirrup you have the chance to learn something new," were resonant and have earned Ball a saddle from Freedman's Harness and Saddlery as a Grand Prize. Ball will also be recognized at the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup held July 22-25, 2014, in Asheville, N.C.



Earning the second-place prize was the video made by Karsan Taylor from Kensington, N.H. Karsan will receive a Kensington Canvas and Leather Collection roller and overnight bag for her effort.


"To me the World Cup is not only a prestigious team, it is a chance for the Saddle Seat riders to show our true talent and discipline," says Taylor in the video.



Shaunicy Sturm of Las Vegas, Nev., finished third and will receive a Freedman's Harness and Saddlery belt, along with a Saddle Seat World Cup jacket and polo as prizes.


Sturm won over voters with feelings like, "Riding had always been a team sport for me. It would mean more than the world to me to be part of just one more team - the World Cup team."



Learn more about the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup at

More Stories

  • **Updated Event Cancellations

    Saddle Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse events. Read More
  • A Blast From The Past

    Saddle Horse Report is pleased to bring you a series of past feature stories on some of the greats of our sport. Please enjoy this walk down memory lane. Read More
  • Future Forum: The Up and Coming of Young Trainers

    Enjoy the first in a series on young trainers! Read More
  • Foals N Focus – Week Nine

    In this, our next to last week of the #foalsNfocus photo contest, the bar was really raised with several quality shots submitted. Once again, the “hope” of foals is what many in this country need with so much unrest... Read More
  • Dr. Scott Bennett Remembered

    Thursday, June 4th is a sad day in the American Saddlebred/Hackney/Morgan show world as Dr. Scott Bennett, a 2017 inductee into the World’s Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame, lost his brave battle with cancer... Read More
  • Class of 2020 Yearbook

    Saddle Horse Report presents the Class of 2020 Yearbook. We are proud to feature some of the 2020 graduates who are and will be a major force in the show horse industry. We know their talent and perseverance will help carry them on to many successes ahead. Read More
  • Time to Nominate

    Do you know a UPHA member that should be acknowledged not only for their success in the show ring but also their contributions to UPHA and our industry? Nominate them for the 2020 UPHA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards by June 15, 2020. Read More
  • From the Desk of Marty Schaffel: Data Points Are Telling

    When I get ready to leave the house for the day, I am checking the data points regarding the weather before I leave so I know what I need for the day.  Those data points are: What is the temperature? Is it raining or going to rain? Is there a strong wind? Is it humid? And so on.   Read More
  • Summer Dreams Reopens Show Season

    Katy Texas was the site of the first show back in business after the pandemic brought a sudden halt to all normal activities, including horse shows. May Chadick and her team at Vantage Point Stables did a great job of providing exhibitors a chance at normalcy with all of the safety protocols in place.  Read More
  • Ten Years Ago - Connecticut Morgan

    Plans for the 60th anniversary of the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show are on hold until next year. While we miss being there this week, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the 50th anniversary in 2010. Read More