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USEF Honors Three Morgan Women

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) recently honored three women from the Morgan community. Their honor was announced at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner, which took place on Friday, January 16, in Lexington, Kentucky, during the 2015 USEF Annual Meeting.

Ellen Di Bella (pictured left) was the recipient of the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award. This annual award, given in memory of Walter Bourchier Devereux, III, is presented to the horseman or horsewoman who personifies the ideals of the current sportsman's charter through commitment and dedication to the sport.

Mary Woolverton received the Pegasus Medal of Honor. This annual award recognizes individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and the sport, and who, through their dedication, have attracted people to the sport and contributed to horse sport by advancing its popularity.

Longtime Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® manager, the late Fern Bittner, received the Honor Roll of Distinguished Officials Award. This is awarded to retired USEF licensed horse show officials who had outstanding and influential careers officiating at competitions both large and small, and whose officiating standards helped improve the quality of show ring competition.

Bittner also was the recipient of the Richard E. McDevitt Award of Merit. This annual award, named for Richard E. McDevitt, President of AHSA, is awarded posthumously for meritorious service to equestrian sport.

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