Lisa Payne Granted "r" Judge Status

Loxahatchee, Fl- Dressage trainer, Lisa Payne received official word from USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) that she has been granted her "r" judge status. Payne is now a licensed Dressage Judge.

Payne graduated from the Learner Judge program (L-program) "with distinction" honors and then participated as an apprentice judge, as required by USAE. In the most recent USAE Licensed Officials Meeting, Payne's status was voted on and approved by the distinguished committee. Payne will be listed in the licensed officials roster when it is next published in 2003. She will avail herself for judging engagements immediately.

Prior to adding licensed judge to her list of accomplishments, Payne was well known on the dressage circuit as a trainer, instructor and competitor. In 1996, Payne received national recognition when she won two National Championships in Fourth Level and Prix St. George. She was awarded the Ocean Spray Travel and Training Grant from the Women's Sport Foundation in 1997. She holds her bronze and silver USDF medals. Payne is also a certified equine appraiser. Payne has trained several horses and students to the FEI levels and currently owns and operates Oak Hammock Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida.

Her first commitment as a licensed judge is to the Gold Coast Dressage Association. (GCDA). When Payne was participating in the USAE's "r" judges program, she petitioned GCDA for financial assistance, which the club granted. In return for the club's support, Payne agreed to judge a rated show for GCDA at no charge when she received her license. A woman of her word, Payne's first call as a licensed judge was to GCDA president, Noreen O'Sullivan offering the judging services she promised the club.

"I am looking forward to judging", says Payne, "I had the opportunity to apprentice with a variety of excellent judges, this and the Learner Judge program has prepared me well for the task".