Staff Profile: Sarah Hollander

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Department: Competitions Department

Job title: Competitions Coordinator        

What is your main task in the office?      

Assisting the competitions department with processing show results and prize lists, communicating with show management, assisting with the Great American Insurance Group/ USDF Regional Championships and Breeders Championships programs, helping competitors navigate USDFScores.com, and whatever other tasks come my way!

 Members may call you concerning:

Questions about USDFScores.com, and any competition related questions. If I can’t answer them, I can connect you to the right person who can.

How long have you been with USDF?      

I started on May 23rd, 2022.

How did you get started?             

I am always looking for a new adventure and while I loved working as a small animal veterinary technician in New Jersey, I missed the equestrian world, and particularly the sport of dressage. When I saw a job posting in the competitions department at USDF I jumped at the chance. I applied for the job in April, and by the end of May, I had packed up my life in NJ and moved to Lexington, KY!

What is your favorite part of your job?   

Getting to process results, and see the diversity of all the different dressage shows from across the country.

What is your favorite part of USDF?        

The immediate perk is the amazing environment of getting to come to work at the Kentucky Horse Park every day, not to mention the wonderful group of co-workers I have. However, my favorite part of USDF has to be communicating with like-minded individuals, whether it’s show management or competitors, from all across the country that share my same passion for dressage.

Share a little about yourself.      

When I was younger and living in southern California on Camp Pendleton Military Base, my mother asked, “Why don’t you go outside and see the horses?” Taking her advice, I went outside down a large hill and a short dirt path to a massive ranch that could be found about a mile from my house. From then on, I was hooked. I rode in a variety of disciplines before falling in love with dressage. It was that passion that led me to Centenary University in New Jersey where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science focusing on the equestrian industry. During my time there, I found my second family in the like-minded equestrians, as well as my IDA teammates. I captained the IDA team and hosted two IDA National competitions, and found that I loved the show management and behind-the-scenes aspects of the competition world. Don’t get me wrong– I love riding and am hoping to get back in the show ring soon, but you’ll probably find me with the volunteer sign-in sheet or a braiding kit more often!

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