USDF Episode 152: Dressage Seat Equitation/The Skeleton of the Horse/Major General Jonathon Burton

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.

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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.



USDF Episode 139: Edgar Hotz/Geometry Class

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.



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.



USDF Episode 125: Major Robert Borg/Auditing the Trainers Conference/Back Pain in Dressage Horses

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.



USDF Episode 121: Seldom Seen/Jan Ebeling/Halts and Rein Backs

April 14, 2016

This week the American Dressage Legend series continues with an interview with Lendon Gray, as she remembers 2005 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Seldom Seen. Olympian Jan Ebeling talks about his experience as a rider at the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference with Stephan Clarke. In our Education Segment, Emme Johnston gives tips on halts and rein back. Listen in…

Lendon Gray of Bedford, NY competed in the 1980 and 1988 Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. Lendon has been involved with multiple organizations and established the Youth Dressage Festival. Her non-profit, Dressage4Kids, offers training, educational programs, and scholarships for young dressage riders of all levels.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA is an international competitor and trainer, having competed in the 2012 Olympics, the World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012, and the 2003 Pan American Games where he won a Gold Medal. He has served as a USDF Young Rider Clinician and Chef d’Equipe.

Emme Johnston of Raleigh, NC is a certified instructor through Second Level and has earned her USDF Bronze Medal.


USDF Episode 117: Margarita Serrell/USEF Vaccination Rule

March 16, 2016

This week the American Dressage Legend series continues with a look at the life of 2003 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Margarita Serrell. In our Vet Connection series, Dr. Laura Werner addresses the changes to the USEF Vaccination rule. Listen in…

In 2011, Dr. Laura Werner, DVM, MS, DACVS joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as a Surgery Associate in the Davidson Surgery Center. Dr. Werner has worked as a FEI Veterinary Delegate at some of the top Three-Day Eventing competitions in the United States.


USDF Episode 113: Captain Andrew Bela de Szinay/Throughness and Timing of the Aids

February 17, 2016

This week the American Dressage Legend series continues with a look at the life of 2004 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Captain Andrew Bela de Szinay. In the Education Segment Mary Flood talks about throughness and effective timing of the aids, Listen in…

Mary Flood of Lovettsville, VA is a USDF Certified Instructor/ Trainer, Training through Fourth Level. Mary has competed through the FEI level and is an instructor and trainer at Wildfire Farm.


USDF Episode 104: USDF Volunteer and Youth Volunteer Of The Year/Buying a Horse

December 2, 2015

This week Volunteer of the Year winner Roz Kinstler and Youth Volunteer of the Year Rebekah Mingari talk about their experience as volunteers and why it is so important to serve; In our Education Segment Jeremy Steinberg joins us to discuss what to look for when buying a horse. Listen in...

Jeremy Steinberg,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. 


USDF Episode 100: Dr. Max Gahwyler/Chiropractic and Acupuncture for Horses/Impact on Footing

November 4, 2015

The American Legend series looks at the life of 2004 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Max Gahwyler featured in USDFConnection. Dr. Heather Farmer, 2015 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention presenter, previews her lecture on the benefit of chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. In the Education Segment, the conclusion of the lecture Impact of Footing, by Dr.Hillary Clayton, an excerpt from the ‘Riding with the Vet’ DVD. Dr. Clayton will be sharing the latest research on this topic during her education session at Convention.Listen in…

Dr.Heather Farm, DVM, of Orlando, FL, graduated from Ross University’s Veterinary Medicine program in 2006, opening Equine Performance Veterinary Practice in2010. E.P.V.P. a full service equine practice focusing on lameness and performance of horses.

Dr. Hillary Clayton BVMS, PHD, DACVSMR, MRCVS, of Mason, MI, is an equestrian, veterinarian, author, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Clayton is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and member of the USEF Dressage Committee.