Lendon Gray was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, December 2, 2011, during the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in San Diego, CA. Induction into the Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed on horses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage in the U.S. Lendon Gray has made a significant impact through many facets of the sport. As an international rider, she has represented the U.S. in the Alternate Olympic Games of 1980, the Seoul Olympics in 1988, and the 1991 World Cup in Paris.
Nationally, Lendon has won five gold medals at U.S. Olympic Festivals on five different horses of varying breeds, one of whom was 2005 USDF Hall of Fame inductee Seldom Seen, a 14.2 hand American-bred Thoroughbred/Connemara pony. As a teacher and instructor, Gray has provided an array of educational and competitive opportunities for youth through Dressage4Kids, which is Lendon's non-profit organization that provides educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them.
To that end, Lendon, through Dressage4Kids operates the Youth Dressage Festival, weekend educational programs, pony-only clinics, the East Coast Dressage Pony Cup, and offers scholarships and professional development programs. Gray has been actively involved in numerous committees within USDF, the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Equestrian Team. Most recently Gray together with Courtney King and Robert Dover have launched the Emerging Athletes Program holding clinics and training session throughout the country. Through her dedication and devoted energies in improving all riders and horses, Lendon has and continues to provide numerous opportunities for others to learn and improve.
"Lendon has a long list of accomplishments and perhaps even more impressively; a long list of accomplished students. Through her Dressage4Kids, she has inspired many others to learn more about dressage and her impact on the discipline will be felt for years to come. The USDF is pleased to recognize Lendon for her outstanding dedication to education and the promotion of our sport," stated George Williams, USDF President.