Linda Zang to Receive US Federation’s Pegasus Medal of Honor

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 10–Linda Zang will be awarded the U.S. Equestrian Federation Pegasus Medal of Honor for outstanding service to horses and equestrian sport that includes competing on the U.S. team at the 1980 Alternate Olympic Games, an International Equestrian Federation 5* judge, organizer of top competitions, trainer and official.

Linda of Davidsonville, Maryland will receive the award at the Pegasus Awards gala in Louisville, Kentucky Jan. 19. Also being honored are Olympic team and individual gold medal jumper Joe Fargis with the Lifetime Achievement Award and saddlebred competitor Hunter Chancellor as Junior Equestrian of the Year. The Equestrian of the Year Award will be announced at the ceremony.

The Pegasus Medal of Honor was created as an annual award to recognize individuals for outstanding service to horses and equestrian sport by engaging the community in their passion through their work in the industry.

Linda Zang’s contribution was described as “inspiring and educating” for more than 30 years.

She has been a prominent figure in dressage in the U.S. and Europe.

As a competitor, she rode Fellow Traveller on U.S. teams at the 1978 World Championships, 1979 Pan American Games and the 1980 Alternate Olympics that were staged by mostly Western nations who boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games to protest the invasion of Afghanistan by the then-Soviet Union.

She has judged at numerous FEI World Cup Finals as well as at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and throughout the world. As a Technical Delegate, Linda officiated at the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Linda is a former member of the USEF Board of Governors, USEF Hearing Committee and FEI Dressage Committee. She currently is a member of the USEF Licensed Officials Committee and Ad Hoc CDI Committee.

Linda has coached many prominent horses and riders in different disciplines, most recently dressage for the U.S. Eventing team for this summer’s Olympics.