Our Board

Our USLF Directors are volunteers and each year 4 of the 8 Director positions are elected by our members. The 4 positions include election of the President or Vice President of the Board on alternate years.  The Secretary and Treasurer are appointed each year by the Board.  Each board member term is for two years, but there are no re-election limits.

The recent election of the 2018-2019 USLF Board of Directors includes Pres: Lisa K. Simmons, VP: Lynn Smith, Sec: Ellen Chappell, Treas: Muffin Smith, and Directors-at-Large Katherine Arce, Kate Phillips, Jennifer Roth, and Rennie Squier (Registrar). We wish to thank Margaret Tremaine for her term as Treasurer and Diane Schultheis for her service as Secretary.


Lisa Kelly Simmons, President (OR)

Lisa Simmons is a self-employed Professional Engineer who lives outside Eugene, Oregon with her husband Jase.  Her parents Kathy and Jeff Kelly live nearby and together they share St. Cloud Ranch, currently home to four Lipizzans (Gabriola, Alsea, Maestoso Troja and Siglavy Acatherina). The Kelly Family has an extensive history of supporting the Lipizzan breed.  Kathy Kelly is a former USLF Director and still an active volunteer in day-to-day operations.  Jeff Kelly continues to serve on the USLF Registration Committee.  The Kelly family has also created a research database of Lipizzan pedigrees.  In 2014 Lisa and her parents traveled to the Czech Republic to give presentations on the database as well as the USLF mtDNA study at that year’s Lipizzan International Federation (LIF) General Assembly.


Lynn Smith, Vice President (OR)

"Lipizzans entered my life quite unexpectedly, and as they so often do, pretty much out of the blue. I didn't see it coming. In hindsight, I realize that first attraction and the first attachment was deep and permanent. Since that time, and living for many years with four mares, I realize that Lipizzans have come to not only define and fill my life but to infuse my identity.  

Serving on the USLF Board of Directors is one way that I can hope to both pay it back and to pay it forward – to do what I can to support the Lipizzan breed and the community of Lipizzan owners and enthusiasts.  Oh, and I am also a puzzle junky." --  Lynn Smith


ellen chappell, Secretary (or)

“I am a lifelong horse owner and lover, who purchased my first Lipizzan in 2005 after being introduced to the breed through a lesson program.  I live with my husband, Tony Cruz-Uribe, in Western Oregon and keep two Lipizzan mares (Arria and Terra-Blanca) and two Miniature Horses on 29 acres.  As an amateur owner, I compete in Working Equitation (WE) and participate in Classical Dressage and WE Clinics.   I am active in the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club (PNLC) and often organize events.  Over the years, I have attended Lipizzan breed inspections and taken a judging seminar to learn more about the breed.  I am also a member of WE United and the USEF.

Professionally, I am a Program Manager with an multinational IT corporation, currently working in Product Stewardship.  I’ve been with the company for 25 years and hold a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oregon.  I have served in a number of technical leadership and management roles, and did some teaching early in my career.

 I have a passion for problem solving and an interest in preserving, protecting, and promoting the Lipizzan breed.  While there is work to do, the recent rise in breeding and showing, along with the active Lipizzan community makes me optimistic for the future of this noble horse in North America and abroad.”  -- Ellen Chappell

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Muffin Smith, Treasurer   (VA)

"Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by the Lipizzan breed and its noble history when my husband and I bought our first two Lipizzans in 1997, it was a dream come true.  Currently, three Lipizzans live with us and grace our barn.  I have served as a USLR/USLF Director since early 2003 and served as Secretary from 2005 to 2017.  As Treasurer, I chair the Finance committee.  I also currently chair the Bylaws committee, serve on our Show and Awards committee, and am the occasional “scribe” for the Breeders Committee

To the USLF Board I bring my education and my work experiences in the Federal Government as well as my love for Lipizzans.  After earning an MBA in 1976, I did PhD. work in 1978-79 in Business Administration, while working for the U.S. Department of Treasury.  I retired from the Treasury in 2001 after serving as financial analyst, economist, and general computer geek for 24 years.  I’ve been a rider most of my life, am focusing on my dressage skills, and am adding pleasure driving to my repertoire. " -- Muffin Smith


Rennie Squier, Director/Registrar (OR) 

"I first became interested in the Lipizzan breed back in 1988 when I began trimming and shoeing for June and Leonard Boardman at White Horse Vale in Washington State. I was so impressed with the feet and the temperaments of their Lipizzan horses! We brought our first mare home from WHV in 1989 (she is still with us at the ripe old age of 31!). While we no longer breed regularly, I ride a Lipizzan mare we bred and hope to start her in harness soon, as her mother was my great Combined Driving horse for many years. I also enjoy trail riding, a bit of Working Equitation and have dabbled in several other pursuits." --  Rennie Squier


Katherine Arce, Director (TX)

"I have been involved with horses since my folks put me into Pony Club as a Kindergartner. . I have done a variety of events with my horses over the years, and it was in 2001 that my first Lipizzan, a filly, came into my life. She is the reason that I have been dedicated to the Lipizzan breed ever since. I enjoy collaborating with people all over the globe who treasure this horse as much as I do to preserve and promote the breed. Currently I am enjoying pleasure riding with my mare, and I about to put my young gelding under saddle. “ -- Katherine Arce


Kate Phillips, Director (MN)

"I am a "R" dressage judge and own Mississippi View Farm,  a dressage training facility in Minnesota. I have taught dressage for over 30 years, with many clients competing through FEI levels.
I became a "Lipizzan person" five years ago when I became the rescue home for a 7-yr-old unbroken Lipizzan stallion Neapolitano Wandosa ll. I have since acquired a number of mares, and now have the largest number of young Lipizzans in the US, and have sold young horses throughout the country. I have also taken 8 Lipizzans to USEF dressage competitions, with a number of Regional Champions, and placings at US Nationals.
More importantly, I have developed a passion for this breed that makes me want to increase my involvement with the  national and international Lipizzan community. I truly believe this breed has a place in the dressage community, especially amongst the fastest growing demographic, the adult amateur."
-- Kate Phillips


Jennifer Roth, Director (NC)

" My addiction to Lipizzans started in 1971.  I was 15 years old, and passionately wanted to learn Dressage.  Charles de Kunffy, whom at that time was my riding instructor and high school teacher, said I needed to go to Europe to ride schoolmasters, as there were none in the US.  My brave mother allowed me to go to Karlsruhe, Germany, at Von Neindorff's, one of the most famous riding schools in the world.  Egon Von Neindorff had a few Lipizzaners there as schoolmasters; they were well trained but could be very naughty. Since the late 80's, early nineties, I have trained and competed many Lipizzans (and other breeds) to numerous USDF National Championships through the FEI levels.  In 1990 I began a Lipizzan breeding program. I have visited four European state Lipizzan studs - Piber, Lipica, several different ones in Romania including Sambata de Jos, and the National Stud Szilvásvárad in Hungary.  In 1996, Dr Oulehla invited me to attend the selection of young stock in Piber.  This was an unforgettable experience at that time, spending the weekend with Chief riders Herr Reigler and Herr Kottas. In 1997, I began a now long-standing relationship with Chief Rider and Director Andreas Hausberger as my riding instructor and dear friend. I am a United States Equestrian Federation Dressage "S" judge and have been actively judging National shows since 1985.  I am a Board member of the Lipizzan Rescue Foundation.  I do not know how long I have served on the USLF Board, on and off since the 90's.  I have seen many decades of positive change in USLR, now USLF. " - Jennifer Roth

To contact a board member please contact the USLF office.
Office Phone: 503-589-3172