Sheila Woerth Named 2016 USDF Volunteer of the Year
Lexington, KY (November 3, 2016) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce
that Sheila Woerth, of Lexington, KY, has been named the 2016 USDF Volunteer of
the Year. This award recognizes a USDF member who, through consistent and
cumulative volunteer activities, has demonstrated exceptional commitment
towards carrying out USDF's mission. As the winner, Sheila will be presented
with a perpetual trophy, established by Lisa Gorretta, which is on permanent
display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame. She will also receive a
"keeper" trophy and be featured in the yearbook issue of USDF Connection.
As a volunteer, Sheila is the
epitome of the ideals behind the USDF's mission of education, recognition of
achievement, and promotion of dressage. She has served in a variety of
capacities for the Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) as a dedicated Board
member, show chair, as well as being a protector and nurturer of all show
volunteers. She spearheaded the fundraising for the renovation of the Kentucky
Horse Park Dressage Complex, in conjunction with the KHP Foundation. Sheila is
always looking for opportunities to educate and bring new people to the sport.
She is an advocate for young rider, adult amateur, and professional scholarships
for continued training and learning through KDA. She is a strong supporter of
educational clinics, implementing annual training clinics for volunteer
scribes, ring stewards, and scorers, and she readily shares her invaluable
knowledge and vast experience in running a successful show with anyone who
might have an interest. She is also involved in continued assessment to ensure
local members are recognized for their dressage achievements through the KDA
newsletter and USDF, United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), and KDA annual
awards. Sheila has spent countless hours organizing local schooling shows, KDA
Spring and Fall shows, and was the show chair for the Great American Insurance
Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships in 2014.
Cindy Smith, who nominated
Sheila, added, "Sheila Woerth is the 'cog in the wheel' at the Kentucky
Dressage Association, spending the majority of her waking hours coordinating
efforts for our shows and the ongoing promotion of dressage. Sheila is a
masterful networker of people and resources, and knows just how to bring them
together for our common cause. Her dedication stems from her basic love of the
horse and her genuine interest in riders and horse owners."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (859) 971-2277.