Kariel Swanfeldt 2009 USDF Youth Volunteer of Year
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 20–Kariel Swanfeldt has been selected as the 2009 U.S. Dressage Federation Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Kariel, of Ayer, Massachusetts, was selected for the award presented by The Paddock Saddlery and sponsored by the USDF Youth Executive Board for contributing “on a national and local basis to USDF and dressage.”
Kariel’s name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy housed in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, which was donated by the Akin family of Warwick, New York, in honor of Lendon Gray. Kariel will also receive a $500 scholarship provided from funds raised through the Youth Executive Board Silent Auction held at the Adequan/USDF annual convention and a $250 gift certificate donated by The Paddock Saddlery.
In 2008-2009, Kariel volunteered more than 200 hours at numerous events, including the New England Dressage Association Fall Festival, the NEDA Year End Awards Committee, The Equine Affaire, the NEDA Spring Dressage Show and several NEDA symposiums.