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USEF Names General Counsel

Lexington, KY—Sonja S. Keating has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Before this appointment, Keating served as Associate General Counsel for the USEF. Prior to joining the Federation staff, Keating was associated with the Lexington office of the Cincinnati-based law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, where she practiced in the litigation department. Keating worked closely with Julie Goodman, former General Counsel, in both private practice and at the USEF.


A native of Lexington, Keating attended Transylvania University for her undergraduate degree and then obtained her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1996.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Sonja to Senior Vice President and General Counsel,” said John Long, USEF Chief Executive Officer. “Having served as Associate General Counsel to the USEF, she is extremely familiar with all current legal issues and the ongoing procedures of the Federation. Her legal skills are balanced with a pragmatic problem solving approach which is essential in this role. I very much look forward to working with Sonja in her new position and the significant addition she will make as a senior member of the management team.”

Keating is also a Member of the Junior League of Lexington where she served four terms on the Horse Show Board for the Junior League of Lexington Horse Show, one of the premiere Saddlebred shows in the country. She is also a current board member of Good Shepherd Day School.


“I feel fortunate to have this opportunity with such an outstanding organization,” said Keating. “Julie Goodman served as an excellent mentor, and thus, I believe I will transition into this new position with ease.”

In her spare time, Keating is actively engaged in the activities of her three young daughters. She particularly enjoys watching their participation in equestrian sport from outside the ring.


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