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For Immediate Release
Friday, July 20, 2012

Olympian and USDF Hall of Fame Inductee, Hilda Gurney, Signed as Clinician for 2013-2014 Nutrena/USDF Adult Clinic Series

          Lexington, KY (July 20, 2012) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that two-time Olympian and 2007 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductee, Hilda Gurney, has been signed as the clinician for the 2013-2014 Nutrena/USDF Adult Clinic Series.  The series will be begin in the spring of 2013 and run through the end of 2014, with a clinic in each of USDF's nine regions.
          Hilda Gurney is an FEI "I" Judge and large "R" Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge, as well as a decorated competitor.  Hilda has had an enormous positive impact on US dressage over the past several decades.  Her competition record is unsurpassed: an Olympic Team bronze medal in 1976, an individual gold and silver, and three team gold medals at the Pan Am Games, 6 USET National Grand Prix Championships on the legendary Hall of Fame member, Keen, 15 USDF Horse of the Year titles, and a team gold medal at the North American Dressage Championship and was honored as the 1977 Martini and Rossi AHSA Horsewoman of the Year. Hilda continues to actively train and compete several horses at the FEI Level. In addition, she is a dedicated teacher, instructing a generation of students from the grass roots to international levels.  The names of her many students could fill a book, including Debbie McDonald, previous clinician Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Kathleen Raine, and David Wightman.
          "Hilda has given so much to the dressage community on a local, national and international level, we are honored to have her as the next clinician for the clinic series," stated Kathie Robertson, USDF Senior Education Programs Coordinator.
          Hilda has also been very involved in USDF over the years.  She was a speaker at the annual convention and symposium in both 1996 and 2002, served as chair of the USDF Sport Horse Committee from 1997 to 2002, and served as a member of the Judges Committee and Test Writing Subcommittee. She is a current member of the USEF Dressage Committee and has served on this committee for many years.
          For more information about the Nutrena/USDF Adult Clinic Series, or to find specific dates and locations for the series (available in January 2013), visit the USDF website or contact the USDF office.

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 www.usdf.org, e-mail usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.

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