This Section is dedicated as a memorial to the Members of WDCTA, and USDF, who have enriched our lives.
Para-Olympian Jonathan Wentz 1990-2012
Shannon Brinkman Photo
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of a great competitor and advocate for para-equestrian sport. Jonathan Wentz passed away September 30, 2012.
Wentz had recently returned from London where he was a member of the U.S. Team that earned seventh place at the 2012 Paralympic Games. At those Games, Wentz also finished fourth in the Individual Test and fifth in the Freestyle Test in Grade 1b competition riding Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale. These strong results earned Wentz the distinction of being the highest-placed American equestrian at either the London Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Long time Southwest Chapter member Linda Burich passed away on Monday, January 30, 2012, after a 17-month courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Linda's greatest loves in this life besides her family were her work treating patients and her animals, especially her horses Fraiser and Sweetie. Linda was active as a dressage rider and leaves many friends in the horse community.
We heard from the family of Lois Heyerdahl, Lois passed the morning of January 16, 2012.
A memorial service was held on Friday at the Lanham-Miller Funeral Home, Sparta with Pastor Jason Schockman officiating.
Lois's family would like any donations made in her memory to go to USDF to purchase a memorial brick which will be placed at the front entrance of the USDF buliding at the Kentucky Horse Park. This "8x8" memorial brick will cost $2,000.00 dollars. The USDF is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization (tax exempt). Contributions should be made out to USDF, and sent to Barbara Wiefelstede, PO Box 175, Doswell, Virginia 23047. The brick will be inscribed: In Memory of Lois Heyerdahl, Friend-Mentor Trainer -"S" Judge. The proceeds from your contributions will go to the USDF National Education Endowment Fund.
Lazelle S. Knocke
USEF and FEI licensed dressage judge Lazelle S. Knocke, (nee Schwarten), 94, of Readington, NJ, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Lazelle pursued her passion and love for equestrian arts as a fox hunter, then riding through the levels of dressage to Grand Prix and competing internationally at the FEI levels earning the USDF Silver Medal in 1991, the USDF Mather's Challenge Award in 1992 and together with her partner, Don Perignon, becoming the first member of the Dressage Foundation's Century Club.
Lowell Boomer 1911 - 2011
From the USDF:
G. Lowell Boomer of Lincoln, Nebraska, died Sunday, November 20, 2011. Lowell was born on October 12, 1911, in Burwell, Nebraska, to George R, and Grace Y Boomer. Lowell graduated Lincoln High School, and attended the University of Nebraska School of Music, Lincoln. While in High School, he won first place on the clarinet in a Lincoln Music contest playing "Concertino" by Weber. He then went on to win the contests at the State, Regional and National levels. He played clarinet for many years in the Lincoln Municipal Band summer concert series in Lincoln, alongside his wife, Gladys who played trumpet.