Lois Yukins and Terry Gallo Named 2021 USDF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Lexington, KY (August 11, 2021) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) announced today that Lois Yukins, of Manchester by the Sea, MA, and Terry Gallo, of Winter Springs, FL, have been named as the 2021 USDF Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, in recognition of their longtime dedication to USDF and the sport of dressage. Lois and Terry will be recognized at the Friday night Salute Gala, at the 2021 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Houston, TX.

Established to recognize individuals for their unselfish, dedicated efforts that represent the many ways in which USDF has been served, supported, and influenced into becoming what it is today, Lois and Terry embody everything for which the USDF Lifetime Achievement Award stands.

A current FEI Dressage 4*, FEI Young Horse 4*, and USEF ‘S' Dressage Judge, Lois Yukins began her career as a member of the United States Pony Clubs. Following a jumping accident, Lois shifted her focus to dressage and has gone on to become a respected judge, clinician, and educator, having worked as a judge and clinician through the US and Canada, as well as in Central America, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and England. In addition to her judging career, Lois, USDF's 2019 Volunteer of the Year, has been active within USDF, having served as a member of the USDF Judges Committee since 1994, serving as chair from 2005 to 2012.  She has also served as a member of the USDF L Education Program Faculty, as well as a member of the committee, since 1993, and chair since 2012.

USDF President Lisa Gorretta stated, “Lois Yukins has put an indelible mark of high quality upon everything with which she has been associated in our sport. A much sought-after judge for decades, Lois has committed countless hours to her many roles as L Program Faculty, feature presenter at judge's forums, and USEF Dressage Committee member, not to mention a myriad of special project tasks in Licensed Officials Education. Lois is both a leader and a great team member and knows instinctively which is required at any time. She is truly a member of our “dressage greatest generation”: discussing, designing, and implementing so much of what we now take for granted in dressage programs and competition.”

Terry Gallo's broad and colorful history in sports, dance, and music stretches over 30 years. She started as a theatrical choreographer, however, with a background as a competitive gymnast, she also acted as a dance instructor, choreographer, coach, and judge for international gymnastics. Terry took this background and injected it into the world of dressage through musical freestyles, education, and volunteerism. Through these efforts, Terry was recognized by USDF as the 2014 USDF Volunteer of the Year. Terry's commitment to freestyle education is extensive, writing scores of articles many of which were published in USDF Connection over the years and became part of the USDF University Resource Library.

When USDF declared 2002 as “The Year of the Freestyle,” Terry was the obvious choice to serve as a speaker at the 2002 USDF National Symposium, which highlighted musical freestyle rides, critiques, and discussions from top international competitors and trainers. Terry's involvement and engagement with freestyle education and USDF has even extended to the recent IDOC (International Dressage Officials) seminar. Terry's contributions in lecturing, instruction, and continuing education have served to expand the artistic development, promotion, and visibility of musical freestyles in the United States.

In response to Terry's award recognition, Lisa Gorretta said, “It would be challenging to have a meaningful discussion about the phenomenal growth and impact that freestyle has had upon dressage in our country without talking about Terry Gallo. Her passion for education and tireless willingness to share her knowledge with riders, judges, designers, musicians, writers and perhaps even the horses, makes me very proud of this opportunity to recognize Terry for the many years of sharing her passion with those just putting a first hoof in the musical waters with the same enthusiasm as designing a winning program for an international horse and rider.”

USDF offers its sincerest congratulations to Lois Yukins and Terry Gallo, and thanks them for their numerous contributions, which they continue to make, to dressage in the US. For more information about the USDF Lifetime Achievement Award or the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact us at hof@usdf.org.

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 usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.