George Williams Elected President of US Dressage Federation for Unprecedented 3rd Term
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Dec. 7, 2021–George Williams has been elected president of the U.S. Dressage Federation for an unprecedented third term heading up the nationwide organization.
George, 66, who had retired from the post in 2018 and was not a declared candidate this year was nominated at a USDF board of governor’s meeting. He succeeds Lisa Gorretta who became president in 2019.
George, of Ravenna, Ohio, most famous as a rider for competing the big-eared Rocher at the open European Championships and the World Cup Final in 2003, was president of the USDF from 2010 to 2018.
As president of USDF, he was successful in a years-long effort to create the US Dressage Finals, an annual championship of amateur and professional qualifiers through regional championships. The Finals held last month with $120,000 in prize money returned after a Covid-enforced break in 2021 with record entries–538 horses and 839 rides–about 50% higher than the 2019 event.
George has been active in numerous dressage governing roles–a member of the International Equestrian Federation Dressage Committee, U.S. Equestrian Federation youth coach and several USEF committees throughout his career.