USDF Congratulates 2014 GMO Award Winners

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lexington, KY (October 22, 2014) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to congratulate all of the winners of the 2014 GMO Awards, which will be presented during the Board of Governors General Assembly at the 2014 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention, in Cambridge, MA. These awards are given annually to recognize outstanding achievement within USDFs GMO community. Recognition is given in the following categories: GMO amateur photograph, website user experience, and newsletter first person experience and general interest articles. USDF also recognizes outstanding volunteers at the regional level along with the recipient of the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund grant.

This years winners are:
GMO Photography Awards:
Best Amateur Photograph:
GMOs with less than 75 members: No nominations
GMOs with 75 to 174 members: First Place: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association, Off Course, March/April 2014, Photographer: Nicole Landreneau
Honorable Mention: Central Tennessee Dressage Association, The Half Halt, August 2014: Stay Cool at the Ole South!, Photographer: Sharon Blanford
GMOs with 175 to 499 members: No nominations
GMOs with 500 or more members: No nominations
GMO Newsletter Awards:
First Person Experience Article:
GMOs with less than 75 members: First Place: Southern Garden State Dressage Society, Southern Garden State Dressage Society Newsletter, May 2014: The Galloping Guardian by Lilli Matusow
Honorable Mention: French Creek Equestrian Association, In Balance, November/December 2014: You're only 50 ONCE! Dressage Training Tips from my Experience by Louise Jordan-Beam
GMOs with 75 to 174 members: First Place: Southwest Florida Dressage Association, The Center Line, May/June 2014: Chosen by a Horse by Kristin Peterson
Honorable Mention: Indiana Dressage Society, Indiana Dressage Society Newsletter, May 2014: 4-H Dressage in Indiana by Terry Luley
GMOs with 175 to 499 members: First Place: Northern Ohio Dressage Association, NODA News, September 2013: Riding and Much More! Clinic Review of USDF Instructor/Trainer Program #2-Riding by Regina Sacha-Ujczo
Honorable Mention: Kentucky Dressage Association, Impulsion, January/February 2014: Road to Nationals - KDA member reflects on the journey to the U.S. Dressage Finals by Rachael Hicks
GMOs with 500 or more members: First Place: Potomac Valley Dressage Association, PVDA Newsletter, May 2014: Training Doesn't Happen Overnight - Charlotte Dujardin with Judy Harvey Symposium March 8-9, 2014 by Diane Skvarla
Honorable Mention: California Dressage Society, Dressage Letters, April 2014: Instructor Trainer by Colleen Reid
General Interest/Informational Article:
GMOs with less than 75 members: First Place: French Creek Equestrian Association, In Balance, May/June 2014: Inside the Starting Box Finding Inspiration by Kelly Beaver
GMOs with 75 to 174 members: First Place: Indiana Dressage Society, Indiana Dressage Society Newsletter, July 2014: Fascination... A Tribute to a Dressage Treasure by Jan Engle
Honorable Mention: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association, Off Course, March/April 2014: Equine Liability Issues, or In Other Words, Accidents Happen by Stacy R. Palowsky
GMOs with 175 to 499 members: First Place: Central States Dressage & Eventing Association, Cross Country, September 2013: Emergency Planning by Alicia Cozine, Lynn Whiteley, and Sarah Bliss Whiteley
Honorable Mention: Northern Ohio Dressage Association, NODA News, January 2014: Start a Core Strengthening and Mobility Exercise Program for Your Horse by Mosie Welch
GMOs with 500 or more members: First Place: New England Dressage Association, A Tip of the Hat, February 2014: Each One, Teach One - The View of USDF Convention from a First Timer by Elizabeth Preston
Honorable Mention: Georgia Dressage & Combined Training Association, Collected Remarks, March 2014: Former Spanish Riding School Head Master Arthur Kottas Shares his Expertise by Vera Vogt
GMO Website Awards:
Best User Experience:
GMOs with less than 75 members: First Place: French Creek Equestrian Association (www.frenchcreekdressage.org)
Honorable Mention: International Equestrian Organization (www.ieodressage.org)
GMOs with 75 to 174 members: First Place: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association (www.sedariders.org)
Honorable Mention: St. Louis Area Dressage Society (www.slads.org)
GMOs with 175 to 499 members: First Place: Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (www.esdcta.org)
Honorable Mention: Northern Ohio Dressage Association (www.nodarider.org)
GMOs with 500 or more members: First Place: Oregon Dressage Society (www.oregondressage.com)
Honorable Mention: Potomac Valley Dressage Association (www.pvda.org)

Regional GMO Volunteers of the Year:
Region 1:No nominations
Region 2:Sheila T. Woerth (Lexington, KY Kentucky Dressage Association)
Region 3:Irene Gentile (Belleview, FL STRIDE)
Region 4:Judy Owens (Columbia, MO Columbia Dressage and Combined Training Association)
Region 5:Corinne P. Cody (Park City, UT Utah Dressage Society)
Region 6:Shannon Larabee (Eugene, OR - Oregon Dressage Society)
Region 7:Maureen Van Tuyl (San Jose, CA California Dressage Society)
Region 8:Terri A. Satterlee (Ludlow, VT Central Vermont Dressage Association, Inc.)
Region 9: Arlene B. Gaitan (Lakehills, TX Alamo Dressage Association)

Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant
Nancy Roch (Meridian, ID Idaho Dressage & Eventing Association)

For more information on GMOs in your area or GMO award programs, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF GMO Committee liaison at gmoliaison@usdf.org.

 

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