USDF Episode 149: Winter Education Ideas/Lifetime Achievement/Strategic Planning for Riders, Part 1

February 15, 2017

In this week’s episode, Margaret Freeman discusses ideas for winter education programs, Sam Barish shares his excitement regarding being the recipient of the 2016  Roemer Foundation/ USDF Lifetime Achievement Award, and  we hear part one of a two part series on Strategic Planning for riders with Jen Verharen.

Margaret Freeman, Tryon, NC, is a USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge, USDF Executive Board Secretary, equestrian journalist and USDF Connection editorial advisor.

Dr. Samuel Barish, Rockville, MD, is a former USDF Region 1 Director, USDF Vice President, USDF president, and 2016 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Jen Verharen, Vashon, WA, is an L graduate with distinction, a USDF certified Instructor, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, USPC graduate A, USPC National Examiner, and certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her business, Cadence Coaching, specializes in providing performance coaching and business training for equestrians.

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USDF Episode 148: USDF Education Initiative/ Member of Distinction/Joint Health, Part 3

February 1, 2017

In this week's episode, Holly Hilliard joins us to discuss the new USDF National Education Initiative, USDF Member of Distinction Janne Rumbough returns to talk about what this new national award means to her and in the education segment, the final part in Allyn Mann's series on joint health.

Holly Hilliard, Ponce De Leon, FL is chair of the Adult Programs Committee and was on the task force which created the new USDF National Education Initiative.

Janne Rumbough, Palm Beach, FL, is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, as well as a USDF Silver and Gold Freestyle Bar recipient. She was won the Master's Challenge Award at all levels of competition, and has won ten USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medals. She was a founding creator of the Palm Beach Derby 30 years ago, which is the longest standing CDI in Florida.

Allyn Mann, Director of the Animal Health Division ,Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, has committed the past 28 years to working in the animal health industry.  Allyn has launched such medications as Adequan® Equine IM, Ventipulmin® Syrup, and Marquis® Antiprotozoal Oral Paste. His primary focus is the health of the horse.

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USDF Episode 147: Freestyle Dos and Don’ts/ Volunteer of the year/ Joint Health Part 2

January 19, 2017

In this week's episode USDF Volunteer of the Year Sheila Woerth joins us; Freestyle Committee chair Janet ( Dolly) Hannon shares her do's and don'ts for freestyle riders and judges and Allyn Mann returns with Part 2 of his talk on joint health.

Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon, Arvada, CO, is a USEF Senior (‘S’) Judge, USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and Chair of the USDF Freestyle Committee. She is also a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

Allyn Mann,, Director of the Animal Health Division ,Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, has committed the past 28 years to working in the animal health industry. Allyn has launched such medications as Adequan® Equine IM, Ventipulmin® Syrup, and Marquis® Antiprotozoal Oral Paste. His primary focus is the health of the horse.

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USDF Episode 146: 2016 Convention Wrap Up/ Joint Health Part 1

January 5, 2017

In this week's episode, USDF President George Williams joins us to share the updates from the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention and we have part 1 of the education session on joint health with Allyn Mann.

Allyn Mann, Director of the Animal Health Division ,Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, has committed the past 28 years to working in the animal health industry. Allyn has launched such medications as Adequan® Equine IM, Ventipulmin® Syrup, and Marquis® Antiprotozoal Oral Paste. His primary focus is the health of the horse.

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USDF Episode 145: Balance in Movement Author Susanne von Dietz/ Pet Peeves of a Dressage Judge

December 15, 2016

In this week's episode we are joined by author Susanne von Dietze to talk about her book Balance in Movement and USEF Senior Judge Marilyn Heath joins us to share her pet peeves from a dressage judge’s point of view.

Marilyn Heath, Naples Florida is a USEF Senior Dressage Judge, L Education Program Faculty member, USDF L Program and Judges Committee member, and USDF Lifetime Achievement award Recipient.

Susanne von Dietz, Israel, trained and worked as a “Bereiter” in Germany for both dressage and show jumping while simultaneously working as a physiotherapist in a private clinic. Her focus was back pain and spinal injury. This combination of interests and abilities eventually led to her unique perspective and ways of teaching riding. Today, while competing at the top levels of international dressage competition, Susanne regularly gives seminars and clinics in Germany, Scandinavia, the United States, Japan, Finland, Hungary, and Australia, among others. She is the author of several books and DVDs.

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USDF Episode 144: Mules at the 2016 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®/ Long Distance Hauling

December 1, 2016

In this week's episode, Laura Hermanson joins us to talk about her journey to qualify and compete at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® in 2014 and 2016 riding two different mules and in Vet Connections Dr. Lewis gives tips on keeping horse healthy when hauling long distances.

Susannah Lewis, DVM, PhD, Lexington, KY, is completing an internship with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s Sport Horse Program. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2015 from the University of Minnesota, where she also researched equine neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Lewis previously completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Colorado investigating chronic pain treatments. Raised in Iowa City, Iowa, she became involved with horses at a young age, riding dressage through 3rd level and being a groom for traveling dressage horses for 5 show seasons.

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USDF Episode 143: 2016 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan/Roamer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductees Hilda Gurney and Keen

November 16, 2016

In this episode we wrap up the 2016 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, with an interview with USDF President George William. We also talk with Roamer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Hilda Gurney about her legendary two-time Olympic horse Keen who was also inducted into the Roamer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame 1997.

George Williams, has served as the USDF President since 2010. He is a FEI competitor, trainer, and clinician. He is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist. George is a USEF Youth Coach and also serves on multiple USEF committees.

Hilda Gurney, Moorpark, CA, is an USEF “S” Judge, and an “R” Breed Judge. Hilda has served on the USEF Dressage Committee for many years. In 1977 she was honored as the Martini and Rossi AHSA Horsewoman of the Year and in 2007 was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame. Hilda earned an Olympic Team Bronze Medal in 1976, an individual Gold and Silver Medals, three Team Gold Medals at the Pan Am Games, and 6 USET National Grand Prix Championships on the legendary Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame member, Keen.

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USDF Episode 142: A Preview of the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention

November 3, 2016

This episode is dedicated to the upcoming 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention being held November 30-December 3 in St Louis, MO. USDF Region 4 Director Anne Sushko will be joining us along with four of the featured education presentation speakers who give a sneak peek of what attendees will learn during their sessions.

Janice Dulak, Tolono, IL, is a former professional dancer, a Romana’s Pilates Master Instructor, author, and USDF Bronze Medalist. She chaired the dance department at Stephens College for 11 years and opened her first Pilates studio in 1993. Digging deeper into Pilates while starting to ride dressage led her to write “Pilates for the Dressage Rider” published in 2006. Her path from dancer to dressage rider, combined with her deep knowledge of the Pilates Method, created Pilates for Dressage®

Coralie Hughes, Coatesville, IN, is a Certified Practitioner of the Masterson Method of Performance Equine Bodywork. In addition to being a USDF Bronze medalist, Coralie is also a German to English translator and co-author of the Dressage Movements Revealed DVD set and The Dressage Horse Optimized.

Jen Verharen, Vashon, WA, is a professional performance and business coach. She is a USDF Certified Instructor, USDF L Program Graduate with Distinction, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, USPC Graduate A, and USPC National Examiner. She has a BA in Organizational Psychology/Mental Health and is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, Transformational Life Coach and mediator. Her business, Cadence Coaching, specializes in providing performance coaching and business training for equestrians.

Sandy Venneman PhD, Sealy, TX, is an experimental psychologist, with a lifetime teaching certificate in secondary education. Sandy combines psychology with 40 years of riding experience to help equestrians reach their potential. Her mounts have won USDF and USEA national titles. She coaches riders in the use of psychology to improve their riding with mounted and un-mounted clinics nationwide.

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USDF Episode 141: US Dressage Finals/Embryo Transfer/Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

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

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USDF Episode 140: Rio 2016 Paralympics Results/The Dressage Horse Manifesto/Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

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

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