Lois Heyerdahl and Winnie Heiney-Duncan Named 2017 USDF Members of Distinction
Lexington, KY (August 10, 2017)
- The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Lois
Heyerdahl and Winnie Heiney-Duncan will be recognized as USDF Members of
Distinction at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, on December 2, 2017,
during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Lexington, KY. The USDF Member of
Distinction Award is a prestigious, national award that annually recognizes
USDF members, who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to his or her local
area or region.
Lois Heyerdahl was an
influential trainer, judge, and dressage instructor in the Midwestern United
States. Lois taught clinics across the country from Introductory to Grand Prix,
through 2011. In 1977, she began her judging career in the first United States
Equestrian Team (USET) learner-judge program. She was a Senior Judge in
Dressage, a candidate for the US Equestrian Team from 1979 to 1983, and a USDF
bronze, silver, and gold medalist. Lois trained seven horses to Grand Prix,
four of them from start to finish, and was top ten in all FEI levels with her
horses Silhouette and Vertex.
Along with her other
accomplishments, Lois was a founding member of the Wisconsin Dressage and
Combined Training Association. Her determination to promote dressage was
demonstrated every day and she remained a USDF member up to the year of her
passing, in 2012. Her contributions to dressage remain alive and well within
the members of the dressage community who were fortunate enough to train and
work under her.
Winnie Heiney-Duncan has been
an asset to her local dressage community, and to the mission and values of
USDF, for over thirty years. Winnie is an active member of the Oregon Dressage
Society (ODS), having served as an officer and board member, and was one of the
founding members of the Cascade Combined Training Club. In 2011, in honor of
her contributions and unending support, ODS established the Winnie
Heiney-Duncan Junior/Young Rider Scholarship, which has helped numerous young riders
reach their goals in dressage.
Winnie and her horse, Trail
Bender, were inducted into the Oregon Dressage Society Hall of Fame in 2011,
for her well known freestyles to rag times tunes. In addition to receiving her
Technical Delegate license in 1970, Winnie has served as the Region 6 Technical
Delegate Coordinator, Region 6 Youth Coordinator, and as a volunteer at the
Junior/Young Rider Region 6 Championship Show. She has also earned her USDF
Certificate and USDF Diploma through the USDF University Program, in
recognition for her dedication to continuing education, and received her
Master's Challenge- 3 rd Level Rider Award in 2000.
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.