USDF Episode 160: Panel Judging/Research on the Rider’s Seat

July 5, 2017

This week retired FEI 5* and USEF "S"Dressage Judge Axel Steiner joins us to expand on his upcoming USDF Connection article on National vs. International Judging. We have an excerpt from the 2016 Competition Open Forum and part three of the series on rider biomechanics with Dr. Hilary Clayton.

Axel Steiner, San Marcos, CA, is a retired FEI 5 * and USEF "S" dressage judge. Axel has judged at Olympic Games, Pan American Games, FEI World Cup Dressage Finals, and numerous other championships. He is also an L Education Program Faculty member and popular commentator for high-level competitions.

Hillary Clayton BVMS, PHD, DACVSMR, MRCVS, Mason, MI, is an equestrian, veterinarian, author, researcher, and clinician, Dr. Clayton has conducted targeted studies on bitting, saddle fit biometrics, kinematics and kinetics, and locomotion. She established Sport Horse Science, LLC. and is vice president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Clayton has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame. As a rider, Dr. Clayton has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.

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USDF Episode 159: Consistency of Aids/Rider Biomechanics, Part 2/Lt Colonel Hans Moeller

June 21, 2017

This week Instructor/Trainer Program Faculty member Kathy Simard joins us to discuss the importance of the consistency of aids; Senior Competition Coordinator Cristen Brown returns to talk about All-Breeds Awards; we have part 2 of the series on rider Biomechanics with Dr. Hilary Clayton and we learn more about American Dressage Legend, Lieutenant Colonel Hans Moeller.

Kathy Simard, Littleton CO, is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and member of the program's Training –First Level Faculty. Kathy is an L Graduate with Distinction and has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medal.

Hillary Clayton BVMS, PHD, DACVSMR, MRCVS, Mason, MI, is an equestrian, veterinarian, author, researcher, and clinician, Dr. Clayton has conducted targeted studies on bitting, saddle fit biometrics, kinematics and kinetics, and locomotion. She established Sport Horse Science, LLC. and is vice president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Clayton has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame. As a rider, Dr. Clayton has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.

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USDF Episode 157: FEI 5* Janet Foy/Rider Biomechanics

May 24, 2017

This week FEI Dressage Judge Janet Foy joins us to talk about her promotion to 5*status, USDF GMO Coordinator, Maggie Shell, explains the types of memberships you and your horse need for the competition season, and in the education segment, we start a new series on rider biomechanics with  Dr. Hilary Clayton.

Janet Foy, Colorado Springs, CO, is an FEI 5* Dressage judge, a USEF S Dressage judge, and a USEF R Sport Horse Breeding judge. She is a USDF L Education Program faculty member; a USEF Dressage Committee member; and a member of the USDF Judges and L Program Committees. She is the author of Dressage for the not-So-Perfect Horse and Dressage Questions and Answers.

Hillary Clayton BVMS, PHD, DACVSMR, MRCVS, Mason, MI, is an equestrian, veterinarian, author, researcher, and clinician, Dr. Clayton has conducted targeted studies on bitting, saddle fit biometrics, kinematics and kinetics, and locomotion. She established Sport Horse Science, LLC. and is vice president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Clayton has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatoon sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame. As a rider, Dr. Clayton has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.

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USDF Episode 154-Saddlebreds in Dressage/ Collection at Second Level/ The Muscular System

April 13, 2017

In this week's episode Jody Swimmer joins us to talk about her success with competing Saddlebreds in dressage, Marilyn Heath explains how much collection is needed to ride Second Level and we have part 2 of Helping Your Horse Perform its Best with Coralie Hughes.

Jody Swimmer, PT, DPT, MAT, Louisville, KY is a physical therapist who competed her Saddle bred, New York City Slicker, at the 2016 US Dressage Finals in the FEI Intermediate I. Jody has also earned her USDF Silver Medal.

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

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

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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 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 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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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 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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