USDF Welcomes New Officers and Executive Board Members

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lexington, KY (January 15, 2019) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is thrilled to welcome its new officers, President Lisa Gorretta and Treasurer Lorraine Musselman, elected at the 2018 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, and Vice President Terry Coultas Wilson, former USDF Region 7 Director who was appointed by Lisa to fulfill her previously held position, for the remainder of the term.  Two new members of the USDF Executive Board were also elected at the convention, Region 2 Director Debby Savage and Region 6 Director Peter Rothschild.

Lisa Gorretta (Chagrin Falls, OH) is a USEF 'R' Technical Delegate and Level 3 FEI Steward, who has dedicated countless hours to the sport and to USDF. A USDF Participating Member (PM) for nearly 40 years, Lisa has earned her bronze and silver medals, and served in just about every position within USDF's governance structure, from Group Member Organization (GMO) President and Delegate to, most recently, USDF Vice President.  She also currently serves as a USDF appointee to and co-chair of the USEF Dressage Sport Committee, USDF Representative on the USEF International Disciplines Council and Board of Directors, and as chair of the US Dressage Finals Organizing Committee.

Lorraine Musselman (Zebulon, NC) acquired her CPA license in 1992, and holds a degree in Equestrian Studies from Findlay College (now University of Findlay), a BS in accounting from Marist College, and an MBA from Northeastern University.  She has served as treasurer for multiple nonprofit organizations, including USDF GMO North Carolina Dressage & Combined Training Association, and held the position of vice president for a Metro 1 United Way with a budget of $10 million. Lorraine has also served within USDF governance as a Region 1 PM Delegate, as well as serving as a board member for her local GMO.

USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch enthused, "We are thrilled to welcome the new officers and board members. I'm certain that with their knowledge, expertise, and leadership, USDF will continue to thrive. I'd also like to thank our outgoing president, treasurer, and regional directors; George Williams, Steven Schubert, Ken Levy, and Carolynn Bunch, for their years of dedicated service. The positive impact that they have had on our organization will be felt for years to come."

Lisa Gorretta, newly seated USDF President, also added that she, "will challenge ALL of our members to be more engaged in our governance process throughout the year and we will work to provide better tools to support that challenge. Like the correct training of the dressage horse, paying attention to the basics always pays off; as does tirelessly pursuing more and better education. The welfare of our equine partners, the personal fulfillment of our passion for horses and our sport for both adult amateurs and professionals, the support of both our young and elite riders, and the safety of all of our member athletes demands both dedication and vigilance from our almost 30,000 members."

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