USA Senior Dressage Judge Betsy Berrey Dies After Long Illness

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Betsy Berrey
Betsy Berrey

WELLINGTON, Florida, July 26–Betsy Berrey, a popular Senior dressage judge, has died after a long illness.

Fellow judge Lois Yukins reported: “Betsy Berrey passed away last Saturday afternoon surrounded by her wonderful family.

“She fought her illness with determination and faith that she would do everything possible to keep ahead of the reoccurring tumors. But, there came a time that the fight was not working and it was decided that it was time to manage the pain and spend the time she had left with her family and friends.

“The last time I saw Betsy, she looked beautiful, childlike. She maintained her wonderful smile until the very end, even though she was sad to know she was leaving her life soon. She so enjoyed the cards sent by many of you with such touching words and memories. I know the family was grateful for all of the wonderful tributes to their mother.

“At this time the family is deciding how best to honor Betsy, and I will let you know what is decided. In the mean time if you would like to send a card or letter to her family, the address is:

Adam, Ellen, & Kevin Berrey
1313 Washington St. Apt 515
Boston, MA 01228

“Betsy’s wonderful dog Roxie will go to Buffalo with her daughter Emily. It’s good she has a very warm coat.

“One of the best things I have learned from Betsy is acceptance. Whenever I was frustrated, she would tell me to keep looking forward, and smile rather than frown, especially when speaking. It’s how she lived her life, and I hope I can be as positive as I know she always seemed, even with all she had to deal with over the last few years. She was an inspiration to me, and I will miss her ‘with a smile on my face’.”

Betsy was a licensed judge for almost a quarter century and among her equestrian pursuits was working with U.S. Pan American Games gold medalist Chris Hickey providing training sessions around the country and producing training videos.