USDF Episode 167: Flying Lead Changes/Visualization Exercises

October 11, 2017

USEF Senior dressage judge and L Education Program Faculty member Debbie Reihl -Rodriguez joins us to talk about flying lead changes and we have visualization exercises from part four of our series on the mind/body connection with Sandy Venneman.

Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, Arvada, CO, is a USEF Senior ('S') Dressage Judge, Registered ('R') Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge, and USEF L Education Program Faculty member. Debbie has also earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.

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 166: Freesyle FAQ/Judge Responsibilities/Relaxation Exercises

September 27, 2017

This week we are joined by two USEF Senior Judges; Dolly Hannon joins us to talk about what to do when things go wrong in a freestyle test and Marilyn Heath discusses Judge responsibilities. In our education segment, we have part three of our series on the mind/body connection with Sandy Venneman.

Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon, Arvada, CO, is a USEF Senior (‘S’) Judge, USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and Chair of the USDF Freestyle Committee. Dolly has also earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.

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.

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 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 161: US Dressage Finals/What Makes an Expert Rider

July 19, 2017

This week, Lisa Gorretta joins us to talk about the 2017 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® . We have answers to your questions about the Great American/USDF Regional Championships and part four of the series on rider biomechanics with Dr. Hilary Clayton.

Lisa Gorretta, Chagrin Falls, OH, serves as the USDF Vice President, she is also a USEF ‘R’ Technical Delegate, FEI Level 2 Steward and Co-Chair of the USEF Dressage Committee.

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 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 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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