October 13, 2016
This week USDF's Competition Department Manager Krystina Wright joins us to talk about the US Dressage Final presented by Adequan®. We learn about embryo transfer from Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf, and in our education segment, we have part 2 from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum.
Dr.Karen Wolfsdorf, Lexington, KY, graduated from the University of Florida in 1992. In 1996, Dr. Wolfsdorf joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as an Associate and in 2002 she became one of the first two woman Members of the Practice. Dr. Wolfsdorf’s main area of interest is infertility in the mare and problems during pregnancy. She spends her time working as a field veterinarian and as a specialist at the McGee Fertility Center. Dr Wolfsdorf has authored many chapters on equine reproduction as well as lectured worldwide and published research.
Scott Hassler, Chesapeake City, MD, and Willy Arts, Hanford, CA, return as presenters for the 2016 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum,which will be held October 22-23 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Advanced registration has closed, but registrations will be accepted on site.This program provides a correct fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. The forum is intended for trainers, owners, and breeders, with the goal of developing a consistent training
September 28, 2016
This week Missy Ransehousen joins us to recap the 2016 Rio Paralympics. We have an interview with Yvonne Barteau, author of The Dressage Horse Manifesto, and an excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum featuring Scott Hassler and Willy Arts.
Missy Ransehousen, Unionville, PA, operates Blue Hill Farm with her mother well known Olympic rider Jessica Ransehousen. Missy has made her own mark on the equestrian world being named 2011 USEF Para Coach of the year. Missy was selected as the coach for the 2000 Paralympics Team in Sydney and also coached the US Para Team to first place at the Pacific Rim Championships in 2006, and has served as Paralympics' coach in 2000, 2004,2008 & 2012.
Yvonne Barteau, Maple Park, IL, is a lifetime equestrian who has dedicated her life to understanding horses and preparing them for their careers. Yvonne has trained over ten horses to the Grand Prix Level. She and her husband Kim operate KYB Dressage LLC based out of Grand Prix Equestrian a state of the art dressage facility located approximately 50 miles west of Chicago. Yvonne has authored several books, including Ride the Right Horse, The Dressage Horse Manifesto, The Spirit of the Horse, and All the Kings Horsemen.
Scott Hassler, Chesapeake City, MD, and Willy Arts, Hanford, CA, will be presenters again at this year's USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum, which will be held October 22-23 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Auditor pre-registration closes October 7. This program provides a correct fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. The forum is intended for trainers, owners, and breeders, with the goal of developing a consistent training foundation for all sport horse prospects
September 14, 2016
This week in our American Dressage Legends series we hear about 2007 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Edgar Hotz and USEF "S" Dressage Judge Kathy Rowse joins us to talk about using cones to improve your accuracy when riding.
Kathy Rowse, Suffolk, VA, owns and operates Silverleaf Farm with her husband Mike. Kathy is a USEF “S” dressage Judge, USDF L Program faculty member, and member of the USEF Youth Committee. She is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist who has coached numerous students to their USDF medals.
August 31, 2016
This week we catch up with US Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover and four-time Olympic rider Steffen Peters as they talk about their Team Bronze medal and experiences at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Steffen Peters, San Diego, CA, was born in Wesel, Germany. In 1984 Peters met American trainer Laurie Falvo who invited him to work at her barn in San Diego. Since that time, he has represented the U.S. at numerous championships and earned many national titles. Peters won his first Olympic medal, a Team Bronze, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games aboard Udon. He and Floriano were the alternates on the 2004 Athens Olympic team. In 2006, Peters and Floriano were the anchor on the Bronze medal-winning team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. Steffen has also been a featured presenter at the USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference.
RobertDover, Wellington, FL, competed in his first Olympics in 1984. He competed in every summer Games between 1984 and 2004, winning four Team Bronze medals. He also took a team bronze at the 1994 World Equestrian Games. Dover is the most honored dressage rider in the United States, and has been inducted to the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame. In April 2013, Dover was named Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe for the US national dressage team. Dover founded the Equestrian Aid Foundation in 1996 to assist others in the equestrian world.
August 17, 2016
In this episode, we recap the 2016 Rio Dressage Olympic results; we get to know the 2016 USDF North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage Championship presented by Gotham North triple Gold Medal winner Nicholas Hansen and hear from Erin Bell, Colin Gaffney, and Noel Williams; three young USDF members who attended both of the new USDF Sport Horse Youth Programs.
August 10, 2016
In this special episode, get to know Olympic athlete Laura Graves and Paralympic athlete Rebecca Hart.
Laura Graves, Geneva,FL, abandoned her career as a hairstylist to turn her unruly horse, Verdades, known as Diddy, into a dressage superstar. Chosen as a foal by her mother from a video, Graves advanced him up the levels herself with the guidance of several top trainers. Together Laura and Verdades won Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games. Since then they have placed in the top FEI competitions and will be an exciting pair to watch.
Rebecca Hart, Unionville, PA, has represented the U.S. at several international events, including the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she paired with her new mount, Schroeters Romani. They placed seventh in each of their three tests at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and won back-to-back USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Hart is a seven-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion.
August 3, 2016
This week Natalie DeFee Mendik joins us to talk about her USDF Connection series "Clinic on Clinics" and we hear part one of a three part series with USEF Young Horse Coach, Christine Traurig. In this episode,Christine talks about how she became involved with training young horses and gives advice to young dressage trainers. Listen in...
Natalie DeFee Mendik, Castle Rock, CO, is a multiple American Horse Publications editorial and graphics awards winner specializing in equestrian media. She holds an MA in English from Colorado State University, an International Federation of Journalists' International press card, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. Natalie is a USDF Bronze Medalist.
Christine Traurig, Carlsbad, CA, is the current United States Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Coach. In 2000, she was part of the United States Dressage Team at the Sydney Olympics, that won the Team Bronze Medal. Also in 2000, Christine was named the US Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year. Christine is a USDF Honorary Instructor.
July 20, 2016
This week the American Dressage Legends series continues with a look at the life of 2006 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Sally Swift. Jayne Ayers joins us to expand on her USDF Connection article "Evaluating the Extravagant Trot" and we hear from US Equestrian Team veterinarian, Dr. Richard Mitchell, about nutrition and preventative vaccinations.
Jayne Ayers, Dousman, Wisconsin is an FEI 4* Dressage and Young Horse Judge, a USEF "S" Dressage Judge, and"R" Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge. Jayne is an L Program faculty member and Co-Chair of the USEF Dressage Committee.
Richard Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, Diplomate, ACVSMR, Newtown, CT, graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. He has been involved in national and international equine competitions as both a rider and veterinarian. As a rider, he has won two national championships and one world championship in various disciplines. His fifth visit to the Olympic Games as an attending veterinarian for the US Equestrian Team was in 2012.
July 6, 2016
This week we are joined by Allison Brock who talks about her road to becoming a member of the 2016 U.S.Olympic Dressage Team along with her mount Rosevelt, a 2002 Hanoverian stallion owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun.
Allison Brock, Loxahatchee, FL, is the Head trainer at Claudine and Fritz Kundrun's Deer Meadow Farm (Wellington FL). Leading up to her selection for the 2016 Olympic Dressage Team, Allison placed third in the CDI3* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at CHIO Rotterdam and won Team Gold in the CDIO5* Nations Cup at CDIO5* Compiègne. Allison is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist.
June 30, 2016
This week Charlotte Jorst joins us to talk about the June USDF Connection article, "Charlotte Jorst Takes on the World" and in the Education Segment, we have an excerpt from the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference held at El Sueno Equestrian Center featuring FEI Judge General Stephen Clarke explaining his basic concepts of dressage.
Charlotte Jorst, Reno,NV, is one of only a handful of Adult Amateurs competing at the international High Performance level of dressage. Charlotte is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist.
Stephen Clarke, Cheshire, England is an FEI 5* Dressage Judge, the FEI Dressage Judge General, IDOC President and a former international rider and coach.