2007 Group Member Organization (GMO) Award Winners Announced at Annual Convention

For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 06, 2007

          Lexington, KY (December 6, 2007) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to congratulate all of the winners of the 2007 GMO Awards, which were presented during the Board of Governor's General Assembly at the 2007 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention at the end of November.  These awards are given annually to recognize outstanding GMO newsletter and Web site layout and design, first person experience articles, general interest articles, and volunteers.  Also included are the winners of the inaugural "Grow Your GMO Challenge" and recognition of three grant recipients from the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund that provides financial assistance for deserving individuals to attend the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention.  This year's winners were:

GMO Newsletter Awards:
Layout/Design:
GMOs with less than 75 members:   Brazos Association of Classical Horsemanship, Bach Notes, February 2007 

GMOs with 75 to 174 members: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association, Off Course, May/June 2007

GMOs with 175 to 499 members:  Dressage Association of Southern California, Collected Comments, May/June 2007

GMOs with 500 or more members: New England Dressage Association, A Tip of the Hat, August 2007

First Person Experience Article: Gold Coast Dressage Association, Flying Changes, August/September 2007: After the Fall by Tracey Winter

General Interest/Informatory Article: Houston Dressage Society, Collective Remarks, September 2006: Lightness - An Elusive Quality by Paul Kathen

GMO Web Site Awards:
Layout/Design:
GMOs with less than 75 members: Crossroads Dressage & Combined Training Association (www.cdcts.org)

GMOs with 75 to 174 members: Southern Eventing & Dressage Association (www.sedariders.org)

GMOs with 175 to 499 members: South Carolina Dressage & Combined Training Association (www.scdcta.com)

GMOs with 500 or more members: New England Dressage Association (www.neda.org)

Regional GMO Volunteers of the Year:

Region 1: Alison Head (Hamilton, VA - Virginia Dressage Association)

Region 2:  Theresa Luley (Sheridan, IN - Indiana Dressage Association)

Region 6: Francy Haupt (Newberg, OR - Oregon Dressage Society)

Region 8: Diane Holston (Athol, MA - New England Dressage Association)

Region 9: Marilyn Kulifay (Houston, TX - Houston Dressage Society)

Grow Your GMO Challenge:
GMOs with less than 75 members: South Carolina Dressage & Combined Training Association (315.79% growth)

GMOs with 75 to 174 members: Central Texas Dressage Society (112.5% growth)

GMOs with 175 to 499 members: Dressage Association of Southern California (27.86% growth)

GMOs with 500 or more members: Georgia Dressage & Combined Training Association (12.71% growth)

Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grants
1. Guy R. Vaughn (Sonoita, AZ)
2. Robyn Comeau (Kathleen, GA)
3. Carol A. Voogd (Spokane, WA)

For more information on GMOs in your area or GMO award programs, please visit the USDF Web site at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF GMO Council liaison at gmoliaison@usdf.org

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, email usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.