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Sheena Little Receives USDF Team Leadership Award

US Dressage Federation Press Release

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce the winner of its first Team Leadership Award, which was established to recognize outstanding student leaders who are members of USDF Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Member Organizations (IMOs).

Sheena Louise Little was nominated for the USDF Team Leadership Award by the dressage coach at Otterbein College (Westerville, OH), Kari Mulherin, who praised Little for her hard work, dedication, and leadership. Other letters of recommendation noted Little's success in the classroom and her involvement in numerous college and community activities and committees. In accordance with the award criteria, the judges reviewed Little's personal essay, resume, college transcript, and three letters of recommendation. As the winner, Little will receive a certificate and a five-year Participating Membership with USDF.

Receiving honorable mention were Maggie Campbell of University of California, Davis, and Aaron Hoster of St. Andrews Presbyterian College (NC).

This ne w award was developed exclusively for the USDF's newest category of membership-Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Membership. This membership category was developed in order to provide access to USDF educational programs and to provide communication and recognition of achievement to IMOs and their student members. IM membership is available to students who attend IMO schools. Any school from middle school through college that offers an equestrian studies program or student equestrian club can become a USDF IMO school. USDF also works closely with the Intercollegiate Dressage Association to promote dressage interest, participation, and competitions among schools and students.

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