Kelby Barranco Named 2013 US Dressage Federation Youth Volunteer of the Year

Monica Barranco with Roberta Williams, Kelby Barranco of Boynton Beach, FL, the 2013 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, and presenter Lauren Griffin.
Monica Barranco with Roberta Williams, Kelby Barranco of Boynton Beach, FL, the 2013 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, and presenter Lauren Griffin.

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) presented Kelby Barranco of Boynton Beach, FL, the 2013 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee. This prestigious award honors one outstanding youth volunteer who has contributed both nationally and locally to USDF and the sport of dressage. Kelby was presented with a perpetual trophy, donated by the Akin family of Warwick, NY, in honor of Lendon Gray, which is permanently on display in the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame, will be featured in the yearbook issue of USDF Connection, and will receive a “keeper” trophy. Kelby a sixteen-year-old para-equestrian, already has many years of service as a volunteer at USDF-recognized competitions under his belt. Lauren Griffin, Chair of the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee Honored Youth Volunteer of the Year Kelby Barranco with this heart warming speech at the 2013 USDF Adequan Annual Awards Dinner in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sometimes we have the rare opportunity to have our lives blessed by someone who goes above and beyond what is asked of them. They make us laugh, and even sometimes cry. Occasionally even both at the same time. They inspire us to set our goals higher. They encourage us to work harder. Our USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year is such a person. Not only does he overcome his individual set backs with style, but he charms us with his intellect and humor. We are all truly honored to have him amongst our ranks.

Not only does Kelby shine with his enthusiasm on helping the sport of dressage be a better place, but he also participates as a level 2 Para Equestrian in the show ring.  His career sky rocketed with his first pony Princess who’ve together won over 100 ribbons and 17 trophies! But in the year of 2014 Kelby will be stepping out into the spot light with Luann Besson’s 5 year old Standard breed mare, Emma’s Pearl. With a unique bond, the duo plan to take their dreams and aspirations to the next level. I even heard a little rumor that Olympics might be in the future some where.

Even with this passion of competing in the dressage world, Kelby finds time to selflessly volunteer at shows such as Wellington Classic Dressage, Gold Coast Dressage, and International Horse Sport shows. There is no adjective that best describes the total amount of hours he has spent helping his fellow comrades as they make the journey down the centerline.

His volunteer work was not only a tremendous help in keeping the shows running smoothly, but has also been a major part of his life skills work. Kelby has assisted show management in every aspect, from helping as a ring steward to directing traffic. This year, Kelby's favorite volunteer position was a quarantine assignment at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, supervising Silvia Rizzo's horse, Donnerbube 2, for six weeks while she was competing in the World Dressage Masters.

Following that large list of accomplishments, I could not be more grateful for everything Kelby has done.  He has given back to the community more than a lot of us have and I truly admire his passion, dedication, and hard work now and for the time to come. This young man is insiprational  Nothing seems to stand in his way of becoming the person he desires to be. It is my great pride and honor to present to you an outstanding young man.

I’m personally and very much admire Kelby’s devotion, commitment, and hard work. Ladies and gentlemen, I present this years 2014 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year, Kelby Barranco!
Lauren Griffin, Chair of the Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee

In 2013 alone, he dedicated over 750 hours of volunteer service at competitions including the Wellington Classic Dressage, Gold Coast Dressage, and International Horse Sport shows. His volunteer work was not only a tremendous help in keeping the shows running smoothly, but has also been a major part of his life skills work.

Kelby has assisted show management in every aspect, from helping as a ring steward to directing traffic. This year, Kelby’s favorite volunteer position was a quarantine assignment at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, supervising Silvia Rizzo’s horse, Donnerbube 2, for six weeks while she was competing in the World Dressage Masters. This assignment required a high level of attention and dedication, in which Kelby excelled. Kelby was nominated for the Youth Volunteer of the Year award by Robyn Weston of Region 2.

“Kelby makes a unique contribution to education, recognition of achievement, and the promotion of dressage. He is a classified Para Level II rider and a wonderful ambassador for the para-dressage community and for the USDF.” stated Weston.

The USDF Youth Programs Committee selected Kelby for his passion for horses and for dressage. The committee wholeheartedly commends Kelby for his dedication to dressage and the ability to be a positive role model for other youth, through exceptional volunteerism.

For more information about the USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at youth@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, e-mail usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.




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