USDF Episode 137:Olympic results/NAJYRC/Sport Horse Youth Seminars

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.

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USDF Episode 136: 2016 Rio Olympic Games Special Edition

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.

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USDF Episode 135: Clinic on Clinic/Advice to Young Dressage Trainers

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.

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USDF Episode 134: Sally Swift/The Extravagant Trot/Nutrition and Vaccines

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.

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USDF Episode 133: Meet Allison Brock

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.

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USDF Episode 132: Charlotte Jorst/Stephen Clarke

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.

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USDF Episode 131: Master Dressage/EPM Part 2

June 22, 2016

This week, #1 Best Selling Author Peter Dove joins us to discuss the new edition of his book Master Dressage. In Vet Connections, Dr. Stephen Reed from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital joins us for part two of an in-depth discussion on equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM).

Peter Dove, Hungerford, UK, has been riding, teaching, and learning dressage for over 25 years. He has developed systematic ways of explaining how to improve results competing at dressage.Peter is taught by Mary Wanless, BHSI, BSc, and considers her teachings of rider biomechanics to be one of the main keys to success at all levels of riding.

Stephen Reed, DVM, Dipl, ACVIM, Lexington, KY, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr.Reed is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and practices out of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Dr Reed’s main interest is in equine neurology with a special interest in equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), “wobbler” syndrome,and equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy.

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USDF Episode 130: American Legend Roemer/EPM

June 15, 2016

This week the American Dressage Legends series continues with a look at the life of 2006 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee and international breeding stallion, Roemer. In Vet Connections, Dr. Stephen Reed from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital joins us for part one of an in-depth discussion on equine protozoal myelitis (EPM).

Stephen Reed DVM, Dipl, ACVIM, Lexington, KY, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Reed is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and practices out of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Dr Reed’s main interest is in equine neurology with a special interest in equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), “wobbler” syndrome, and equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy.

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USDF Episode 129: Steps to Straightness/Navicular Syndrome

June 8, 2016

This week, USEF Senior ("S") Dressage Judge Sandy Osborn explains the term "straightness" and how dressage riders achieve it using exercises such as shoulder-in and shoulder-fore. In Vet Connections, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Veterinarian Dr. Courtney Wittich joins us to talk about the diagnosis and treatment of navicular syndrome.

Sandy Osborn, Porterdale, GA, is a USEF Senior ("S") Dressage Judge and USDF Gold and Silver Medalist. She currently trains out of Ashland Farm, Covington, GA

Dr. Courtney Wittich, MS,DVM, Lexington, KY, received her DVM from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduating, Courtney completed a 15-month Sport Horse internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY. In 2014, she returned to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, working in Lexington and Wellington for the Sport Horse Department.

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USDF Episode 128: Best Groom in the World/Treatments for Back Pain in Horses

June 2, 2016

This week Cheryl Erpelding joins us to talk about her interview with Eddie Garcia who received the Best Groom award from Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), exercises in our Education Segment, and we continue the focus on back pain in dressage horses with the final of a three-part series by Dr. Myhre recorded at the Adequan®/ USDF Annual Convention education session named "The Science and Treatment of Back Lameness"

Cheryl Erpelding, San Diego, CA, is a freelance photographer and amateur rider based in southern California. She is the former owner and publisher of California Riding Magazine.

Dr. Grant Myhre, DVM, Rochester, NH, has been performing surgeries for over 30 years and is interested in improving diagnostic imaging modalities. Dr. Myhre was the first in northern New England to pioneer innovations from arthroscopy to digital radiology and serves the New England equestrian community at the Myhre Equine Clinic.

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