Lendon Gray

Director

 

Photo-LendonGrayAs a child growing up in Maine, Lendon Gray competed in multiple disciplines including western, driving, hunter and jumping. An active member of her local Pony Club, Gray won at both U.S. and Canadian Pony Club rallies. She remained a presence in the Pony Club after graduation as a national examiner and through service on committees and boards.

Gray became a successful event rider, training with coach Jack Le Goff. She later turned to dressage, winning the first of many national championships in 1976. Gray represented the United States at the 1978 World Championships, 1980 Alternate Olympics, 1988 Olympics and the 1991 World Cup.

She has served on multiple committees for the United States Equestrian Federation and United States Dressage Federation. Gray was also a founding member of the USDF Instructor Certification Program, Dressage Seat Equitation Committee and Dressage Pony Program.

In 1988, she started Dressage4Kids, a non-profit devoted to providing educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them. The organization operates the Youth Dressage Festival, established by Gray, that focuses on far more than riding. The Festival quizzes students on riding theory and stable management, hosts a group equitation class and includes a dressage test.

In 2010, Gray transitioned from leading boarding and training stables to teaching riders of all levels and ages.

A member of the USDF Hall of Fame, Gray also trained Hall of Fame member Seldom Seen. Among her many other accolades include recognition as a U.S. Pony Club Legend and American Riding Instructors Association Master Instructor, as well as receiving the 1989 Maine Sports Hall of Fame Governor’s Award.

Gray resides in Bedford, N.Y.