2023 Recipients of USDF Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Pins Named

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Lexington, KY (September 6, 2023) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of USDF Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Pins.  This program recognizes the accomplishments of youth dressage riders in not only dressage, but also in academics, volunteerism, and equestrian education. Earning their recognition pin was no small task, with each recipient being required to achieve and submit two dressage scores of 60 percent or higher at any level, maintain a 2.5 GPA, record 16 hours of equine-related education, and complete 20 volunteer hours, for each year of enrollment in the program.  

This year’s recipients are:

First Year Recipients: Kirsty Alexander (WA), Addy Batcheller (AR), Claudia Foushee (NC), Darian Kauk (NE), Walker Lefkowitz (NV), Isabelle Montes (KY), Adalynn Nelson (IA), Teagan Niles (VA), Finley Peterson (VT), Natalie Porto (NY), Britney Richwine (IN), Emma Szachnieski (MO), Carlee Jean Turner (OR)

Second Year Recipients: Lauren Anderson (PA), Harper Kane (NC), Hayden Kane (NC), Margaret Raffo (NY)

Sixth Year Recipient: Gabriella Escobar (VA)

For anyone interested in the USDF Youth Dressage Rider Pin Recognition Program, the program year runs July 1-June 30, and pins can be earned in each year of enrollment. Students who are currently enrolled in grades six to twelve of a middle/high school or home school program, and are current USDF Group or Participating Members, are eligible to enroll. For more information about this or other youth programs and offerings, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, e-mail youth@usdf.org, or contact us by phone at (859) 971-2277.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, email usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.