December 13, 2017
USDF President George Williams joins us to wrap up the 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Convention and we have an interview from our archives with Laura Graves.
Laura Graves, Geneva, FL, and Verdades earned an individual silver medal and team gold medal at the Pan American Games. They also were members of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Verdades, owned and ridden by Laura Graves, was named 2017 Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Verdades' median score of 79.940 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level.
George Williams, Wellington, FL, has served as the USDF President since 2010. He is also a competitor, trainer, and clinician. He is a USEF Youth Coach and serves on multiple USEF committees.
August 30, 2017
This week we announce winners of USDF service awards and learn more about American Dressage Legend, Liz Searle. We have tips on lateral work from Lilo Fore, and part two of our series on the mind/body connection with Sandy Venneman.
Liselotte (Lilo) Fore, Santa Rosa, CA, is a USEF "S" dressage and Young Horse Judge, a USEF "R" Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge, and retired FEI 5* Dressage and FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge. Lilo was a founding member of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program and still serves an examiner and instructor along with being co-chair for the committee.
Sandy Venneman PhD, Sealy, TX, is an experimental psychologist, with a lifetime teaching certificate in secondary education, Sandy combines psychology with 40 years experience riding to help equestrians reach their potential. Coaching riders in the use of psychology to improve their riding, she instructs and gives mounted and un-mounted clinics nationwide.
August 16, 2017
This week we learn more about American Dressage Legend Fiona Baan. We meet Chase Shipka, winner of the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy, and Sara Geikie educates us on riding and improving the walk.
Sarah Geikie, Lebanon, CT is a FEI 4* Dressage and Young Horse Judge, USEF Senior ('S') Dressage Judge, USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level ,and Instructor/Trainer Examiner. Sarah also serves on the USDF Judges and Freestyle Committees.
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.
May 10, 2017
This week Chris Stafford catches up with the top dressage rider in the world, Isabell Werth. This interview is courtesy of WiSP Sports and may not be reproduced in any form without permission. The original broadcast can be found at wispsports.com.
In our education segment, we have the final part of the four part series Helping Your Horse Perform its Best recorded at the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention. In this segment, certified practitioner of the Masterson Method of Performance Equine Body Work, Coralie Hughes, talks about how and why horses get sore.
Isabell Werth, Rheinberg, GER, is the most decorated rider in Olympic history with 10 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 13 European Championships, and 14 German Championships. Isabell captivated the crowd at the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017, winning the FEI Grand Prix competition at the CenturyLink Center on Thursday. Riding her Olympic mount Weihegold, Werth rode to an impressive score of 82.300%, the only entry to score above 80%.
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.
March 29, 2017
This week we learn about Dressage Seat Equitation Awards, start a new four-part series on helping your horse to perform its best, and in the American Dressage Legends segment, we feature 2007 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee, Major General Jonathan Burton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 12, 2016
This week the American Dressage Legend series continues with a look at the life of 2003 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee, Olympian Major Robert Borg. Rachel Saavedra joins us to talk about her experience at this and other FEI- Level Trainers Conferences she has attended over the years. Then in Vet Connections, we start a four part series on back pain; this week, Dr. Wittich discusses back pain in dressage horses.
Rachel Saavedra of San Ramon, CA is a certified Instructor to FEI B level and an Instructor Trainer Senior Faculty member.
Courtney Wittich, MS, DVM of Lexington, KY, received a bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Studies and pre-veterinary medicine from the University of Findlay in Ohio, a master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology from Texas A&M, followed by a 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.