Sue Hughes – 2018 USDF Member of Distinction

MEMBER OF DISTINCTION SUE HUGHES: Hughes (second from left) (Jennifer Bryant photo)

In 2018, as approved by the USDF Executive Board, the USDF Historical Recognition Committee chose four noteworthy members to receive this honor. A Member of Distinction is someone who has made outstanding contributions on a local or regional level toward the fulfillment of USDF’s mission of education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. Sue Hughes is the second honoree we recognize.

Sue Hughes, of Plymouth, Michigan, has been a proponent of dressage in the Midwest since the late 1960s. A longtime Midwest Dressage Association board member, she studied dressage under the late Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Famer Violet Hopkins and the late Maj. Anders Lindgren, and for many years she helped to organize the USDF/Hopkins Instructors Seminars. She is a past USDF Region 2 director and a former member of the USDF Bylaws and Nominating Committees. Devoted to learning, she went on to obtain her US Equestrian “r” judge’s license and to become a Level III Centered Riding instructor.

“Sue has been such an important part of so many programs that it is very hard to think of all of them without missing some,” said judge and fellow Michigander Maryal Barnett. “Her passion for improving horsemanship and dressage in particular is inspirational to all around her.”

For more information about the USDF Member of Distinction Award and Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at, or contact the USDF office at

Read about the first honoree Priscilla Endicott.

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