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National Education Center

The USDF National Education Center, located in the Kentucky Horse Park, supports the USDF mission of education, recognition and promotion of dressage and is the headquarters for the federation.

Picture of USDF National Education Center
USDF National Education Center. Photo by Misty Caffey.

Education

Named for a world-renowned dressage teacher and Olympian, the Lendon F. Gray bookstore is open from 8:30AM - 5:00PM Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and contains a collection of books and DVDs on dressage for beginners and those more experienced in the sport. The store receives new merchandise regularly and always stocks standard USDF publications.

People browsing the Lendon F. Grey bookstore
Someone looking through one of our many books at the Lendon F. Grey bookstore
People browsing the Lendon F. Grey bookstore
Someone looking at a t-shirt at the Lendon F. Grey bookstore
Customers browsing through USDF merchandise in the Lendon F. Gray Bookstore. Photos by Misty Caffey.

The Grand Prix Seminar Room is used to host educational sessions such as Instructor Trainer workshops, meetings for local clubs and special sessions to explain dressage to Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event enthusiasts.

People listing to education session in Grand Prix Seminar Room.
People listing to education session in Grand Prix Seminar Room
Instructor Trainer workshops, meetings for local clubs and special sessions to explain dressage are often held in the Grand Prix Seminar Room. Photos by USDF.

Recognition

The center was built to house the USDF/Roemer FoundationHall of Fame . The HOF contains portraits of each inductee – horse and human – as well as perpetual trophies of the federation and memorabilia from various competitions and inductees. The HOF also houses an extensive collection of dressage books stored in the Gypsy Woods Farm Resource Center. For more information, go to our USDF/Roemer Foundation Hall of Fame Web site.

A tour of the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame.
People browsing the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame.
People observing our display cases in the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame.
Guest touring the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame and Gypsy Woods Farm Dressage Resource Center. Photos by Misty Caffey.

Promotion of Dressage

Our central location has strengthened the working partnership with our governing body, the United States Equestrian Federation, and expanded the federation’s ability to offer meeting space to Group Member Organizations like the Kentucky Dressage Association and develop working partnerships with other groups including the Alltech 2010 World Equestrian Games Foundation and the United States Pony Clubs. We continue to work with more than 30 other equine associations in the Kentucky Horse Park to promote dressage and protect the resources needed to ensure the future of equine sports.

We will expand hours to allow visitors during such prestigious events as the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and various dressage shows. We invite you to visit us Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 5:00PM or by appointment.

If you would like to support our efforts, you can buy a brick at the building on one of our patios.

Front patio at USDF National Education Center.
Patio
Front patio and Suzanne Dansby-Phelps Terrace at the USDF National Education Center. Photos by Misty Caffey.