October 6, 2006 — The U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) will induct Major Robert Borg, Sarah (Sally) Swift and Roemer into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala on November 30 at the USDF National Convention and Symposium in Kansas City, Mo. Inclusion in the HOF is an honor bestowed on horses and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage in the United States.
Major Robert Borg (1913-2005), as well as being a competitor, trained the horses and riders for the early Olympic dressage and three-day teams from 1948-1956, first as a military officer and then as a civilian. Overshadowing the significant recognition by his Olympic success was the inspiration he brought to all who studied dressage with him following a crippling accident in 1959.
Sarah (Sally) Swift, author of Centered Riding, published in 1985, is widely appreciated as allowing, through her teaching, everyone of every body type, on every horse to better enjoy riding in a correct balanced seat with body awareness. Centered Riding has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 14 languages. Through four decades of teaching and powerfully influential writing, Swift has made invaluable contributions to the sport of dressage.
Roemer was one of the first approved Dutch Warmblood breeding stallions imported into the United States in 1985. Roemer moved from a career as an International Grand Prix Jumper in Holland to a Grand Prix Dressage horse in the U.S. with Mary Alice Malone. Listed as the top producing sire of USDF Horses of the Year over an 11-year period in the United States. (1989-1999), Roemer is the first breeding stallion to be inducted into the HOF.
Horses inducted into the HOF are those who have made outstanding contributions to dressage through their competition records in dressage or sport horse breeding, and/or served as ambassadors of the sport. Individuals inducted into the HOF are those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of dressage in the United States through their creativity, originality, vision and sustained effort.
Each year, the Historical Committee invites USDF members to nominate worthy candidates for the Hall of Fame. All nominations are reviewed, researched and discussed by the committee. Only those nominations that receive a unanimous vote are forwarded to the Executive Board for final approval. A display of all HOF inductees, including the 2006 inductees, will reside at the new Hall of Fame within the USDF National Education Center at the Kentucky Horse Park, where they will be publicly recognized.
Next year’s nominations for HOF inductees are due to Kim Sodt at the USDF office by May 1, 2007. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org