USDF Episode 172- Top Tips from Judges and Trainers

December 30, 2017

This week FEI 5* Judge Janet Foy joins us to share her tips on getting the most points as possible in your dressage tests and we have some excerpts from previous interviews with Beth Baumert, Michael Bragdell, Stephen Clark, and Scott Hassler.

Janet Foy, Wellington, FL, is an FEI 5* Dressage and Young Horse 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.

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USDF Episode 171-2017 Adequan® Annual Convention Review/ Grand Prix Horse of the Year

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.

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USDF Episode 170: Adult Amateur Taryn Anderson / Simple Lead Changes

November 22, 2017

Adult Amateur -Taryn Anderson joins us to share her US Dressage Finals experience and in our education segment, USEF Senior Dressage Judge and L Program Faculty member Kathy Rowse focuses on the simple change of lead.

Taryn Anderson, Erie, CO, successfully qualified to represent Region 5 at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® with both of her mounts. Aboard her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Romulus, Anderson claimed the First Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship with 72.556%. Her second ride aboard her mother Tammy Anderson's 10-year-old Oldenburg mare, Addison, earned 70.011% to win the Third Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship.

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.

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USDF Episode 169-Preview of the 2017 Adequan® Annual Convention

November 8, 2017

USDF Region 2 Director Ken Levy joins us to talk about the annual convention coming to Lexington Kentucky. Get a preview of the business meetings and a preview of the education sessions that will be available to all attendees.

Ken Levy, Noblesville, IN. is a USEF “r” judge, USDF Certified Instructor, and FEI competitor. Ken is the USDF Region 2 Director,and past President of Indiana Dressage Society.

Eileen Phethean is Kentucky Equine Research’s Chief Operating Officer. She received her B.S. in animal science and her MBA from the University of Kentucky. She has enjoyed a lifelong association with horses and earned her A rating with the United States Pony Club.

Hallye Griffin, Managing Director of Dressage for US Equestrian, attended Transylvania University in Lexington, KY., and majored in Political Science. Hallye grew up riding in the United States Pony Club and competing in the discipline of Eventing.

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USDF Episode 165: Dealing with Extreme Weather Special

September 13, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month, so this week we are focusing on how to be prepared to deal with extreme weather. Dr. Michele Frazer from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute stopped by the USDF office to talk about how to be prepared for the most common natural disasters. Mark Coley from US Equestrian joins us to talk about the USEF Equine Disaster relief fund and we have an excerpt from a convention education session on dealing with emergencies featuring Dr. Laura Werner.

Dr. Michele Frazer DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Lexington, KY, joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as an Internal Medicine Specialist in 2004. She has a particular interest in critical care medicine and regularly speaks at nationally recognized meetings including the AAEP and ACVIM forums and publishes in veterinary journals.

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

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USDF Episode 164: USDF Service Award winners/Tips from Lilo Fore/Liz Searle/Self-Talk

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.

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USDF Episode 163: Fiona Baan/Pursuit of Excellence/What Makes a Good Walk

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.

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USDF Episode 162: Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeders Seminar/Brain Games

August 2, 2017

This week we have interviews with Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeders Seminar presenter Kevin Reinig, and participants Nila Venkat, and Bree Kenney. We also start a new series on the mind/ body connection with Sandy Venneman PhD.

Kevin Reinig, Rancho Murieta, CA, and his wife Ericka started their breeding, training, and sales business KEFA Performance Horses in 2003. Kevin has served on the executive board of the California Dressage Society for six years and has been the president since 2013.

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.

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USDF Episode 158: Youth Special Edition with Adrienne Lyle, Cat Chamberlain, and Christine Traurig

June 7, 2017

This week we have a special episode, which will focus on the USDF programs for youth and young adults.

2012 Olympian and former FEI young rider, Adrienne Lyle, joins us to talk about her success at the 2017 Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. Chair of the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Sub- Committee, Catherine Chamberlain, joins us to talk about her involvement in USDF Youth Programs, and we hear about young horse training from USEF Young Horse Coach Christine Traurig.

Adrienne Lyle, Ketchum, ID, was a member of medal-winning team at the 2004 North American Young Rider Championships. In 2005, Lyle began working with U.S. Olympic dressage icon Debbie McDonald. In the 2012, she competed in the Olympics as an Individual, riding the Oldenburg gelding Wizard. Adrienne riding the Oldenburg mare Horizon won the 2017 USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship held during the 2017 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions.

Catherine ‘Cat’ Chamberlain, Temecula, CA, competed at NAJYRC five times, bringing home two individual gold medals, three team gold medals and three individual silver medals. Catherine represented the U.S. on the 2015 USEF Young Rider European Tour. She also competed at the 2015 USEF Festival of Champions where she won the Young Rider National Championships. Chamberlain serves on the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee and the board of The Dressage Foundation.  Cat has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.

Christine Traurig, Carlsbad, CA, is the current United States Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Coach. In 2000, Christine was part of the bronze medal winning United States Dressage Team at the Sydney Olympics. 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 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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