Meet the At-Large Director, Sue McKeown, Technical Council

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What is your role within the council? 

As the Director of the Technical Council, my role is to act as liaison between the Executive Board and the Council.  I am responsible for disseminating information to the council, and also representing the interest of the various committees on the Council to the Executive Board.

What is your council’s mission/objective?

The Council consists of 6 different committees, with each having individual missions and objectives.  The 6 committees on the Technical Council are Competition Management, Freestyle, Judges, L Program, Technical Delegates, and Instructor/Trainer.

How long have you been on this council? 

This is my third year as the Technical Council At-Large Director.

What is your favorite part of being involved with this council?

I enjoy discussing with the different committees their plans for the year, and how they will face any new challenges that occur.  The past 2 years have been mostly dealing with work being shifted from USEF to USDF, and of course this year, the COVID-19 crisis has been a hot topic!

Please share a little bit about yourself and your background.

I was an adult amateur rider for over 30 years, obtaining my USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals during that time.  My professional career was in the computer industry, and once I retired from that, I became more active in show management and USDF.  I currently am secretary for over 15 shows in the New England area, and in 2019 I was the manager of the Region 8 Championships.

How did you get involved in the sport of dressage?

I attended the Washington National Horse Show in DC for many years when I lived in that area.  One year I saw a fantastic exhibition done by Linda Zang on her Olympic horse, Fellow Traveler, and fell in love with the beauty and sport of dressage!

Do you currently compete in dressage, or have you competed in the past? 

I no longer ride, but competed with my two Swedish Warmbloods in the past.

Please share a favorite dressage-related memory.

So many, it is hard to choose just one.  But probably the highlight of my career was competing in the Devon Oval, doing my Grand Prix Freestyle, under the lights.

What horse impacted your love for the sport the most?

Both of my horses taught me so much, and were so special to me.  Although they were related, such different personalities.  Genghis Gustaf (Gus) was a big, strong warmblood, who needed to be encouraged to give me all that he did.  And Marshal (Marty) had his “go” button stuck! 

How did you get involved with USDF?

I became involved with several of the committees (Awards and Competition Management) and started attending the conventions.  Much easier to do once I was retired from my professional job. 

From which committee do you hail?

I was the Chair of the Competitions Committee when I was elected to the At Large Director position.

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