Trenna Atkins (4/30/48 - 12/20/21)

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

It is with great sadness that USDF announces the passing of Trenna Atkins. Trenna passed away peacefully the night of December 20, with care for her four-legged family members already arranged.

Trenna has been heavily involved in our sport for many years, serving as a USEF 'S' and 3* Para Equestrian Judge, not mention her many roles within the USDF's committees and the USDF L Education Program. Trenna began her service within USDF by serving on the Competition Management Committee from 1987-1993, the Competitors Council in 1994, and currently sits on the Judges Committee, which she has served on since 1997, and serves as vice chair of the L Program Committee.

Trenna's contributions to these committees, USDF, and the sport are just a few of the reasons she was recognized as the 2012 USDF Volunteer of the Year at the annual convention in New Orleans. Specifically, her contributions to the L Program, as a faculty and committee member, are still felt today with the many presentations she had a hand in developing, and the countless hours she spent reviewing educational materials for the program and revising the program materials through the years.

USDF L Program Committee Co-Chair Lois Yukins added, “Trenna has been a tireless contributor to the L Education Program, especially with the biomechanics portion, as well as extremely instrumental in converting our presentations to the 21st century technology. She worked very hard on finding videos we could use in our sessions to help our participants understand what we are looking for in our judging. I couldn't have had a better vice chair to work with over the years. We will miss her both professionally and personally.”

USDF extends its sincerest condolences to Trenna's family and friends in this difficult time. Trenna's legacy will continue to live on through her contributions to USDF and its programs, as well as her influence and impact on the sport overall.

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