Ruby Tevis Named 2019 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year
Lexington, KY (October 9, 2019) -
The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that Ruby
Tevis, of Lexington, KY, has been named 2019 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,
Ruby 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
Ruby is a member of the Kentucky
Dressage Association (KDA) and, in 2018, she received the KDA “Merry Sunrise
Award”, which is presented to the youth member who has most significantly
contributed to the organization through volunteerism. In October 2018, she
assumed the position of Junior/Young Rider Representative on the KDA Board of
Directors, where she worked to form the recently launched KDA Youth Club. Since
its launch, she has coordinated several educational club events, including a
dinner with Lilo Fore and a discussion with the judges at a local ride-a-test
program, where she asked them to share their perspective from C to the KDA
Youth Club members. Ruby also serves as co-editor of the KDA newsletter Impulsion, in which she
created the feature called “Youth Salute”, which recognizes the achievements of
a KDA youth member and introduces them to the community. As a sophomore
marketing major at Midway University, Ruby's studies have equipped her with
social media skills that she has used to restore their KDA Instagram page,
which has doubled in followers since she took responsibility for the account.
She has also promoted KDA and the KDA Youth Club through USDF's new publication
sharing a how-to guide for starting a youth club with other GMOs.
USDF Youth Programs Committee
Chair Roz Kinstler adds, "Ruby Tevis is a great example of what
volunteering is all about. Clearly she is passionate about dressage and
has found a perfect way to both enjoy the sport and ensure a bright future in
it. It's very rewarding to those of us who have been involved in it for a
long time, and still love it, to see a youth member have the same commitment.
Because of her efforts, USDF is in good hands and guaranteed a great
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 email@example.com, or call (859) 971-2277.