USDF Episode 110: Using Your Seat/Pet Peeves of a Veterinarian

January 27, 2016

This week Dr.Mark Martinelli discusses his pet peeves from a veterinarian’s viewpoint, an excerpt from the Riding with the Vets DVD available from the USDF onlinestore. Shannon Peters joins us to discuss using your seat, from her USDF Connection article found here. Listen in…

Shannon Peters of San Diego, CA is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and three time USEF National Championship competitor. Together with her husband Steffen, she operates the training facility Arroyo del Mar.

Mark Martinelli DVM, PhD, DACVS of Encinitas, CA currently works through California Equine Orthopedics where he focuses on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness.

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USDF Episode 109: Choosing and Using Whips/Trainers Conference Q&A

January 20, 2016

This week Margaret Freeman discusses choosing and using whips, to complement her article on the subject found here. In our Education Segment we listen to a Q&A session from the 2015 Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference with Stephen Clarke. Listen in….

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

Stephen Clarke of Cheshire, England is an FEI 5* Dressage Judge, the FEI Dressage Judge General, IDOC President and a former international rider and coach.


USDF Episode 108: Dressage Q&A/USDF L Education Program

January 13, 2016

This week Janet Foy sits down with us to discuss her new book, Dressage Q&A. In our Education Segment, USDF Senior Education Coordinator Sharon Vander Ziel talks about the USDF L Education Program. Click here to see the list of all educational programs and events being offered through USDF.

Janet Foy of Colorado Springs, CO is an FEI 4* judge,USEF “S” Dressage Judge, a USEF “R” Sport Horse Breeding Judge, serves as an FEI Technical Delegate and  a USDF L Faculty Member. Her first book,  “Training the not so Perfect Dressage Horse”, was published in 2012 and reached the best seller lists.  Her second book "Dressage Solutions" was published in2015. 


USDF Episode 107: Para Dressage/Starting a Young Horse

January 6, 2016

This week David Schmutz talks about the qualification requirements for Para Dressage riders. To read David’s USDF Connection article on the subject, click here. In our Education Segment Jeremy Steinberg talks about his method for starting young horses. Listen in...

DavidSchmutz of Glendale, CA is an FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge, and USEF Senior(‘S’) Dressage Judge and serves on the USDF Judges Committee.

Jeremy Steinberg of Solana Beach, CA is a trainer, coach and clinician. He has competed horses through Grand Prix and served as USEF Dressage Youth Coach from 2010 to 2014.