HAIKU, Hawaii - Maui County resident Viva Medina is the 2011 national award recipient of the prestigious Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant from the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and will now represent Maui and the Hawaii State Dressage Society at the USDF National Convention and Symposium in San Diego, CA, Nov. 29-Dec. 3. Mrs. Medina is a member of the Hawaii State Dressage Society Board of Directors and was selected for the grant during a nationwide competition due to her tireless efforts in bringing nationally recognized competitions to Maui allowing Maui riders to compete with riders across the nation; the numerous dressage clinics she has organized and her public information outreach representing the Hawaii State Dressage Society.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected by the USDF as the 2011 winner of the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund Grant. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about dressage and I intend to bring back this knowledge to Maui and share with our organization members,” Mrs. Medina said. Mrs. Medina is a long-time horsewoman, dressage rider and breeder. She and her husband, Paul Medina, live in Haiku at Rancho Medina with their horses, Temelrite and Mailani.
Mrs. Medina and her horses hold several ribbons and awards, including two USDF Dover Adult Amateur Medals and HSDS Rider and Horse of the Year. The Hawaii State Dressage Society promotes dressage competitions and rider education in the classical riding style, a humane system training both horses and riders.
Ruth Arvanette was a long-time USDF employee and equestrian enthusiast who was instrumental in many USDF programs still in place today – such as the All-Breeds Awards. Ruth especially enjoyed the USDF Annual Convention and one of her main goals was to make attending the convention a reality for everyone, especially USDF group members. Arvanette passed away March 21, 2000, after a battle with cancer. The USDF created the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund to honor her and enable a group member to attend the annual convention by providing funds to cover the cost of attendance.
Ruth hoped that group members attending conventions might take home the information learned to help their Group Member Organizations. 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 on USDF membership or programs, www.usdf.org, e-mail USDressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.