Katherine “Katie” Lindsay, a well-known organizer and eventing official, died in her sleep on Nov. 23. She was 85.
During her many years of service to the eventing community, Lindsay worked as a technical delegate and FEI steward at events such as the Kentucky Three-Day Event, as well as organizing the Wayne DuPage and Maui Jim Horse Trials (Illinois).
Lindsay switched from hunters to eventing after attending the 1978 World Eventing Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. She organized her first horse trials just two years later in 1980. She served on the U.S. Eventing Association board of governors and sat on many USEA and U.S. Equestrian Federation committees. She was the first chair of the USEA Organizers Committee and was a frequent contributor to Eventing USA magazine.
After retiring from international horse trials organizing in 2009, she continued to run the Wayne Eventing Derby at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Illinios. She was also a longtime member of the Wayne DuPage Hunt and worked as a psychiatric social worker.
Katie received a USEA Governor’s Cup in 1988 in recognition of her volunteer service, and she was awarded the Wofford Cup in 2010 for her outstanding contributions to the sport of eventing.
“She is survived by a niece and nephew, two spoiled rotten dachshunds and an enormous group of misfit friends,” said her friend Cindy Deporter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her favorite charitable causes: the Midwest Dachshund Rescue, 2023 Ridgewood Street, Highland IN 46322, mwdr.org; and the Illinois-Wisconsin Search & Rescue Dogs, PO Box 96, Woodstock IL 60098 illwissardogs.org.