Region 3 News

USDF Congratulates 2017 GMO Award Winners

Lexington, KY (October 25, 2017)

Lexington, KY (October 25, 2017) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to congratulate all of the winners of the 2017 GMO Awards, which will be presented during the Board of Governors General Assembly at the 2017 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, in Lexington, KY. These awards are given annually to recognize outstanding achievement within USDF's GMO community. Recognition is given in the following categories: GMO amateur photograph, website user experience, newsletter first person experience and general interest articles, and creative GMO-sponsored program. USDF also recognizes outstanding volunteers at the regional level along with the recipient of the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund grant.

To see all the Winners, click HERE

Albers Award Presented to Region 3 Chef d’Equipe Sue Bender

Lexington, KY (August 7, 2017)

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that the Albers Award perpetual trophy was awarded to Region 3 Chef d’Equipe Sue Bender, at this year’s USDF North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships, as part of the Adequan®/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). “To say that Sue Bender is devoted to her Region 3 teams is an understatement. She works tirelessly, all year, to give the athletes the best NAJYRC competition experience that she can. She never stops advocating for her teams. She truly demonstrates what the Albers Award seeks to reward,” stated Roberta Williams, USDF FEI Jr/YR Committee Chair. The Albers Award is named in honor of long time USDF Region 1 Chef d’Equipe, supporter, and good friend, Patsy Albers. The award is presented annually at the USDF North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships, to the dressage chef d’equipe who best demonstrates the same level of dedication, enthusiasm, and team spirit shown by Patsy, throughout the years. The award is open to all of the dressage chefs d’equipe, and any competitor or chef d’equipe can nominate a candidate by submitting a written explanation as to why that chef deserves to win the Albers Award. The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and eventing, the Paralympic discipline of para-dressage, and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. 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, e-mail, or call (859) 971-2277.

A Message from the Regional Director

June 1, 2017

We have now entered the unofficial start of summer. I hope everyone had an awesome holiday weekend. Over that weekend, I spent one day scribing for an “R” judge. I have not done it in several years and while it is work, it is very educational in your riding and showing program. It really reminded me of what the judges are looking for and what is really wrong. I know that judge’s voice will be in the back of my mind as I finally go down center line later this month. So if you have not scribed lately, think about volunteering to do a day or two at one of the many recognized shows in the region. It is a win-win for everyone. And if you have never scribed and are a little intimidated, many of our GMOs have excellent programs to teach you how it is done. We need to send a big congratulations to our regional member, Meghan Watt on winning the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National First Level Individual Championship. This is currently the highest level that is offered as the rider pulls the name of the horse and then has ten minutes to warm-up before going down center line. Meghan is a junior at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Outside of school, where she is pursuing a veterinary medicine degree, she competes on her two Spanish horses. Our Juniors and Young Riders are in the last month of qualifying shows. Now they will also be working hard to raise funds for the trip to NAJYRC and the entries. We are setting up a spot on our Regional website, where donations can be made directly to USDF for our teams and those donations will be tax deductible. They will also be setting up a go fund me account but those donations will not be tax deductible. Currently it looks like we will be sending two full teams. We have eleven juniors trying out and four are already qualified and there are eight young riders trying out with three already qualified. It should be a very exciting week in July in New York! Enjoy the month of June. - Susan Lynn Bender

2017 Give to Lincoln Day

May 1, 2017

The Dressage Foundation is participating in Lincoln, Nebraska's "2017 Give to Lincoln Day" once again, and we are asking your help in sharing this with your dressage contacts and clubs. From May 1-18, any donation made through will be proportionately matched by the Lincoln Community Foundation, EVEN if you aren't in Nebraska! This means that your dollar will do MORE good for our dressage community.

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USDF News: Prize List Available and Declarations Open for 2016 US Dressage Finals

May 5, 2016

The 2016 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan and USDF Dressage in the Bluegrass are to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, November 10-13. Start making plans to attend and view the official 2016 prize list, along with other information, at

Read more here


May 5, 2016

Nominations have been extended, through May 15, for the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award, and our new recognition award – Member of Distinction. Visit the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame for nomination information and criteria.

Read more on the May USDF Newsletter

Congratulations New “L” Program Graduates for Region 3

Atlanta, GA (January, 2016)

Lexington, KY (January 8, 2016) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that 68 USDF members successfully graduated from the USDF L Education Program in 2015 and 12 of those are in Region 3! USDF Region 3 congratulates the following new graduates of the USDF L Education Program:

Region 3: Grace Gregory Melissa Jackson *Susanne Lauda *Erin McCloud Mary McGuire Smith *Kayla McKay *Stephanie Mosely *Katharina Nowotny-Boles *Rhianna Pankhurst Kathleen Petersen Christy Scotch *Amy Swerdlin

New USEF Vaccination Rule


1. At Federation licensed competitions, horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be required to leave the competition grounds upon request by Competition Management. Documentation should consist of one of the following methods mentioned below. The frequency of vaccine administration should be per the vaccine manufacturers’ or veterinarian’s recommendations. It is recommended that vaccines are administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian.

2. In the case of vaccines administered by a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the veterinarian on documenting that the horse in question received the vaccinations; name of the vaccines and date of vaccine administration.

3. In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the owner, or agent with care, custody, and control of the horse; name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine; and date of vaccine administration.

4. In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccinations due to a history of adverse reactions, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a letter from the veterinarian on official letterhead stating that the horse in question cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a log of temperatures taken twice daily for the seven days prior to entering the competition grounds. These horses must also have their temperature taken and logged twice daily while on the competition grounds. The log of temperatures should be provided to the Competition Management, steward, or technical delegate when requested.

5. Competition Management may not amend or enhance vaccination requirements without prior approval of the Veterinary Committee. BOD 1/17/15 Effective 12/1/15.

Henk Van Bergen Clinic

Posted on April 26, 2016

IRIDE Presents: Master Trainer HENK ven BERGEN Dressage Clinic to be held on May 10-12, 2016 at Sky's Haven Stables in Guntersville, AL. Henk van Bergen is a Dutch Master Trainer. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Brakkenstein Dressage Stable as a young man, and he eventually purchased the beautiful property, developing the business into a successful dressage training facility, as well as the host site for the Dutch National Championships for over 20 years. He became a Royal Dutch Certified Instructor in 1966, and some of the highlights of his career include the following: He first coached the Dutch Olympic Team in 1972, and they won the Silver Medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He also coached several private students in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and coached the Japanese Dressage Team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was hired by the British Dressage Team to coach their National Young Rider's Developing Team from 2002-2010, and was part and parcel of the development of the 2012 British Olympic Team, who won the Gold in the 2012 London Olympics, denying the German team the gold for the first time in decades! Henk has been a popular clinician here in the USA, and was the USDF clinician for the USDF Adequan FEI Level Trainers Symposium in 2009 and 2010. Currently, he sites on the FEI Judges Supervisory Panel, which was created by the FEI in 2011 to ensure the consistency and accuracy of international judging as well as to provide an additional level of monitoring at major FEI Dressage Events, including the World Cup, the Pan Am Games, and the Olympics.

He gives regular clinics in England, Spain, and the United States. USDF continues to use many of his training videos for its E-Trak Online Education Series and for their USDF Instructor Certification Required Reading List. His articulate, humorous, kind and classical approach to training horses and riders of all levels is the reason for his continuing popularity as a clinician worldwide.

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Want to get Published?

Posted on April 7, 2016

USDF is developing a new publication called "Your Dressage" which will feature human interest stories and articles. USDF is asking all GMO members to submit personally written articles about their experiences or activities to USDF! USDF also welcomes you to submit photos and/or videos of club events. These photos and videos can range from candid to professional. USDF can't guarantee that all stories or articles will be published, but all will be kept on file for possible inclusion in the publication. If you are interested in submitting a story or article for consideration, please complete the Editorial Release Form (which must also be submitted for photos and videos) and send it, along with the article (in Word format) and any photos/videos, to