Meghan Slaughter Named 2017 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year
Lexington, KY (October 18,
2017) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce
that Meghan Slaughter of Middleton, ID, has been named 2017 USDF Youth
Volunteer of the Year. This prestigious award honors one outstanding youth
volunteer who has contributed, both nationally and locally, to USDF and
dressage. As the winner, Meghan will be presented with a perpetual trophy,
donated by the Akin family of Warwick, NY, in honor of Lendon Gray, which is on
permanent display in the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame. She will also receive a
“keeper” trophy and be featured in the yearbook issue of USDF Connection.
Ever since her first year at
Cal Poly, Meghan has been involved as a member of the dressage team, and
volunteered her time as assistant coach. During the 2016-17 competition year,
she volunteered as Head Coach and Trainer and has guided the team to numerous
victories, leading to the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National
Championship. To encourage other non-competing team members to get involved and
utilize their riding skills, Meghan also formed and trained students for a quadrille
team, which promoted the sport of dressage by performing for university
functions such as Parents Weekend and Student Open House. Meghan's willingness
to volunteer her time and talent to college dressage, and the IDA, greatly
helps in fostering the future of our sport. When Meghan returned home for the
summer, she continued to volunteer her time and talents to dressage. She has
been active in assisting with the facilitation of both schooling and recognized
dressage shows. Meghan has also given of her personal time to train a young
dressage horse, which belongs to an acquaintance who is currently undergoing
difficult cancer treatment.
"Meghan Slaughter is
dedicated not only to the sport of dressage, but also to its wholehearted
spirit. She is an extraordinary volunteer that unselfishly shares her
knowledge, skills, and experiences in dressage to both humans and equines
alike," stated Janet Herrmann in her nomination of Meghan.
The USDF Youth Programs
Committee selected Meghan based on her passion for dressage and her commitment
to sharing her experience and knowledge with others. The committee
wholeheartedly commends Meghan for her dedication to the sport and the ability
to be a positive role model for other youth. Rosalind Kinstler, chair of the
Youth Programs Committee, shared this about Meghan's selection, "We hear
so much about youth being the future of our sport, and Meghan demonstrates just
how true this is. Not only does she have a true passion for dressage, but she
gladly reaches out to share this passion with other riders."
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.