USDF Capital Campaign Kicks Off

National chairman Charles Smith (with scissors) officially opens the USDF capital campaign as USDF and campaign officials, and the Kentucky Deputy Secretary of Commerce Derrick Ramsey (second from left), look on. Photo by Jennifer Bryant.

As USDF celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in 2023, join us as we look back on highlights of USDF programs and events!

The second annual Salute Gala marked the official unveiling of the USDF capital campaign for the USDF National Education Center. On behalf of Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, Kentucky Deputy Secretary of Commerce Derrick Ramsey welcomed USDF to its future home at the Kentucky Horse Park. The campaign’s key leaders joined Ramsey on stage for the ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the kickoff of the campaign. Campaign national chairman Charles Smith (OH) owner of Rocher, USDF’s 2003 Grand Prix Horse of the Year, did the ribbon-cutting honors.

Photo (by Jennifer Bryant) and text (by former USDF President Samuel Barish) from the February 2005 issue of USDF Connection.

You can read about USDF’s first 45 years in Through the Years by Jennifer Bryant.

Join us in Omaha for the 2023 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention and Salute Gala & Annual Awards Banquet.

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