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Founders Awards Presented at USPC Annual Meeting

Friday, January 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Founders Awards Presented at USPC Annual Meeting

January 31, 2014 (Lexington, KY) – During the 2014 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium held January 22-26 in Portland, Oregon, four individuals were awarded the Founders’ Award, an honor reserved for Pony Club’s most worthy volunteers. This prestigious award is made each year to those who have made a significant contribution to Pony Club at the Local or Regional and National Levels over a period of 20 years or more. The recipients of the Founders Awards for 2013 are: Kevin Bowie, John Doolittle, Dr. Brad Gordon, and Patsy Mattingley.

Kevin Bowie. A USPC Life Member and graduate A from Seneca Valley Pony Club, Kevin has has been a member or chair of numerous committees, and has organized or helped organize Eventing Rallies, Show Jumping Rallies, Quiz Rallies, and Testings from D-1 to the A level. Her favorite is the USPC Show Jumping Championships where she has participated for over 20 years. With a love for teaching, Kevin has also been a National Examiner for over 20 years and has been instrumental in developing many of the changes to the testing program, especially the Show Jumping and Hunter Seat Equitation Certifications. Kevin was honored at the Jubilee Celebration held with the 2004 Annual Meeting as a National Activities Legend for her outstanding service in the area of Activities.

John Doolittle. John and his wife Dorothy, became involved with the Mendon Pony Club in the early 60’s, spending countless hours on projects and competitions. They are parents of both a C and B rider, and John served as that club’s DC from 1967 - 1970. Continuing on the national level, Mr. Doolittle served as Secretary to the Board of Governors from 1981 – 1984, and was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee from 1984 – 1985. In addition to their time and energy, Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle are longtime supporters of USPC through the Annual Fund. Mr. Doolittle was named a National Legend at the Jubilee Celebration of USPC’s 50th Anniversary in 2004, in honor of his 20-plus years of service and dedication to Pony Club.

Brad Gordon. A Life member and graduate A from Bath Pony Club in Ohio, Brad is best known to the Pony Club world as an outstanding Chief Horse Management Judge, and is seen in the Anatomy Room at many Annual Meetings. He has been on the Combined Training Committee, and served on the Board of Governors. Earning his DVM at Ohio State, he did his internship at the University of Minnesota, earned a Masters Degree in Applied Surgical Physiology, and did several residencies in Equine Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Gordon has been in private practice in Minnesota and has served as the Minnesota Racing Commission State Regulatory Veterinarian. He currently owns and practices at the Equine Referral Clinic in Runnells, Iowa. Brad was recognized as a National Instructions Legend at the 2004 Jubilee Celebration during the 2004 USPC Annual Meeting for his service to USPC.

Patsy Mattingley. As the Silver Stirrups DC and then the Red River Region Vice RS and RS, Patsy became a true manager, thoroughly enjoying herself as she organized Rallies and ran the Region. In 2000, Patsy was invited to join the Board of Governors where she served two three-year terms, through 2006. During her tenure, she served as chairman of both the Governance and the Development Committees, revised the RS Handbook, taught at several leadership seminars, helped Regional Administration as a mediator with troubled clubs, chaired the 2001 Festival and ran the Festival commissary in 2004. From 2007 - 2009 she served on the Nominating, Development and Advisory Committees. In 2010 she was again appointed to the Board of Governors to fill a one-year term and continued to serve on the Development Committee. Currently, Patsy is a member of a national Ad Hoc Fundraising Sub-Committee.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program. www.ponyclub.org.


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