At the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, plenty of Hollywood-style glitz was on display during the cocktail reception. ("In southern California," a colleague observed, "the heels are higher, the skirts are shorter, and the necklines are lower.")
|Trophies on display before the awards ceremony at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet|
They had gathered to collect USDF rider medals, Adequan/USDF Horse of the Year awards, All-Breeds awards, and many others. They had also gathered to honor some dressage VIPs, most notably USDF Volunteer of the Year Miki Christophersen and Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Lendon Gray.
|Proud friends and family members eagerly captured their loved ones' moment in the spotlight. Yahoo founder Jerry Yang wields the camera as wife Akiko Yamazaki receives a USDF year-end award.|
In her acceptance speech, Gray thanked the people who had given her a leg up along the way.
|Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Lendon Gray addresses the banquet audience|