USPRE congratulates Honorary Board Member Lendon Gray on her new appointment as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dressage Foundation. Lendon, a three-time Olympian, has dedicated the last decade to the development of young dressage riders and youth programs through her training facility in Bedford, New York. Current top-ranked rider and contender for this year’s Olympic Dressage Team, Courtney King, is a product of these programs and direct training by Lendon. Lendon’s new appointment will put her at the helm of an organization that has funded educational and training opportunities for many of America’s riders for the past 19 years, formerly headed by John and Lynn Boomer.
John Boomer stated, “We are so excited about Lendon taking the leadership reins of The Dressage Foundation, as she has just piled one high accomplishment on top of another for so many years now, and has deservedly reached an exalted pinnacle in our beloved sport.” Boomer and the Foundation Board have assigned Lendon Gray the principal function of leading The Dressage Foundation to a higher plateau, financially and programmatically, thereby enabling it to make an ever-larger footprint on the sport of dressage.
“I am a bit intimidated to try to step into the shoes of Lowell and John Boomer,” Gray said. “For the past 19 years through their efforts and contacts with many of dressage’s greatest supporters, The Dressage Foundation has made it possible for so many people of all ages and levels of riding to be inspired, to improve their riding, to elevate their teaching, and to gain appreciation for the challenges and value of dressage. I am however exhilarated by the opportunity to expand on the base that The Dressage Foundation has provided for the advancement of amateurs, youth, and instructors as well as elite riders. Some of my first goals are to create opportunities to educate our instructors in teaching skills and to bring dressage opportunities to riders from other disciplines and ‘alternate’ breeds.”
Lendon’s commitment to “alternate breeds” has led her to be involved with USPRE and we are grateful for her counsel and influence.
The Dressage Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage. www.dressagefoundation.org
(USPRE and Dressagedaily.com)
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