Loses Le Valley And Reel
equestrian sport recently lost two people who made a great impact
on the horse world. Lloyd LeValley, 54, of Harrison, NY, passed
away on Feb 18. Robert Reel, 57, of Lexington, VA, died March
was a USA Equestrian licensed hunter and hunter seat equitation
judge as well as a licensed steward. He was dedicated to the Fairfield-Westchester
PHA, serving as chairman in 1999-2000, and was serving as Membership
Committee Chairman in 2003.
2002 he was awarded the Frank J. Flynn Sportsmanship Award, given
to an individual who has demonstrated to be an outstanding sportsman
and an asset to the horse world. He was active in Zone 2, where
all one had to do to get his assistance, was ask.
has been the Director of the Virginia Horse Center since its inception
in the mid 1980s. During his tenure the Center developed into
a venue recognized as one of the premier multi-purpose equine
facilities in the nation and had a significant impact on the horse
industry in Virginia.
moving to Virginia, Reel served as a 4-H Agent in Marion County,
IN. He was on the 4-H youth staff, which won the USDA Super Service
Award presented in Washington, D.C. He become involved in the
4-H Horse and Pony Program, and was appointed the Indiana State
Fair 4-H Horse Show manager, beginning a life-long love of the
equestrian business and his hobby of showing Shetland, Hackney
and POA ponies to cart.
Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the
U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions
nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including
educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates
who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian
sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.