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USDF Announces 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

US Dressage Federation

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) will induct two equestrians into the USDF Hall of Fame and award one equestrian with the USDF Lifetime Achievement Award during the Salute Gala on December 2, 2004, at the USDF National Convention & Symposium in Lexington, KY. Hall of Fame inductees have made outstanding contributions to the development of dressage in the U.S. through their creativity, originality, vision, and sustained effort. Horses that performed exceptionally in international competition may also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Lifetime Achievement Award winners have shown a lifetime of dedication to USDF through volunteering; developing programs, projects, and committees that have contributed to the direction of USDF; and have a long history of membership with USDF.

The Hall of Fame inductees are:

Captain Andrew Bela de Szinay, in recognition of his leadership and tireless devotion to advance the sport of dressage in the U.S. He promoted, led, and championed the cause of young riders and became the father of the young rider program. Captain de Szinay's monthly articles shaped the sport for 15 years through vision, creativity, and deep understanding. As a very popular judge, he provided direction and encouragement to dressage riders at all levels.

Dr. Max Gahwyler, in recognition of his innovative contributions to the education of dressage riders in the U.S. His three books, The Competitive Edge - volumes 1, 2, and 3, have sold tens of thousands of copies all over the world. Dr. Gahwyler's creative, popular lectures on the local, regional, and national level have inspired thousands of dressage riders. His clinics have provided a firm foundation in the basics to many riders in the U.S.

"The Historical Committee is pleased that two outstanding people who embody the historical developments of dressage in the U.S. will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The efforts of these and previous inductees will be permanently recognized in the Hall of Fame at the USDF National Education Center at the Kentucky Horse Park," said Historical Committee Chair Laura Gorretta.

The USDF Lifetime Achievement Award winner is:

Kay Meredith, whose leadership of USDF in its formative years provided the foundation for the organization. She was the first USDF Vice President, and served as President from 1977 to 1982. She also chaired the Nominating and Scheduling Committees, co-chaired the Historical Committee, and developed the first USDF Dressage Instructors' Directory. USDF President Sam Barish said, of the Historical Committee's selection, "Kay made significant contributions to USDF in its critical, early years, and we are very pleased to honor her."

Additional information regarding the USDF Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards can be obtained by contacting Kim Sodt at (859) 271-7876 or by e-mail at

Next year's nominations for USDF Lifetime Achievement Award winners and inductees into the Hall of Fame are due to Kim Sodt in the USDF office by March 31, 2005.

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.