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 147: Freestyle Dos and Don’ts/ Volunteer of the year/ Joint Health Part 2

January 19, 2017

In this week's episode USDF Volunteer of the Year Sheila Woerth joins us; Freestyle Committee chair Janet ( Dolly) Hannon shares her do's and don'ts for freestyle riders and judges and Allyn Mann returns with Part 2 of his talk on joint health.

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

Allyn Mann, Director of the Animal Health Division, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, has committed the past 28 years to working in the animal health industry. Allyn has launched such medications as Adequan® Equine IM, Ventipulmin® Syrup, and Marquis® Antiprotozoal Oral Paste. His primary focus is the health of the horse.

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USDF Episode 112: Freestyle Judging Program/USEF Rule Changes

February 10, 2016

This weekTerry Ciotto Gallo reviews revisions to the USDF Continuing Education in Freestyle Judging Program. In the Education Segment, Janine Malone reviews the 2016 USEF rule changes which affect Dressage competitors. Click here for a complete list of USEF rule changes approved by the USEF Board. Visit eTRAK and view an excerpt from the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference with Johann Hinnemann. Listen in…

TerryCiotto Gallo of Winter Springs, FL is a member of the USDF Judges and Freestyle Committees. She is a highly respected freestyle designer and instructor for Continuing Education in Freestyle Judging Programs. 

Janine Malone of Zebulon, NC is a USEF Registered Judge and Technical Delegate,FEI Level 3 Steward, and Member of multiple USEF committees, including the USEFDressage and Competition Management Committees.


USDF Episode 106: 2015 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention/Tips on Freestyle

December 16, 2015

This week USDF President George Williams looks back at the 2015 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention. In our Education Segment Dolly Hannon gives tips for Freestyle riders and judges. Listen in...

George Williams,Wellington, FL has served as the USDF President since 2010. He is also a competitor, trainer, and clinician. George is the US Dressage Youth Coach and also serves on multiple USEF committees.

Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon of Arvada, CO is a USEF Senior (‘S’) Judge, USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and Chair of the USDF Freestyle Committee. 


USDF Episode 98: Rules for Musical Freestyle/Planning your Warm-up

October 21, 2015

This week Joan Darnell looks at things you should take into consideration when planning your warm-up. In our Education Segment, Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon talks about the rules for USDF Musical Freestyles. Listen in.

Joan Darnell of Georgetown, TX is a USEF Senior (‘S’) Judge, FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge and USDF L Program Faculty Member.

Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon of Arvada, CO is a USEF Senior (‘S’) Judge, USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and Chair of the USDF Freestyle Committee.


USDF Episode 95: US Dressage Finals Presented by Adequan/ New Requirements for USDF Freestyles

October 1, 2015

USDF Executive Director, Stephan Hienzsch, joins us this week with a preview of the events being held during the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, which will be held November 5-8 in Lexington, KY. Visit the US Dressage Finals website for more details. In our Education Segment, Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon explains the new requirements for USDF Freestyles and how to make sure your test is meeting these requirements. Listen in…

Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon is a USEF Senior Dressage Judge,Chair of the USDF Freestyle Committee, a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer through Fourth Level, and USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist

USDF Episode 80: Do-It-Yourself Freestyle/Training Tips with Catherine Haddad Staller

June 18, 2015

This week two-time FEI World Cup Dressage Finalist,Catherine Haddad Staller, talks to us about some of her favorite training tips.Before that, USEF Senior Judge, FEI 3* Para Judge, and USDF L Faculty member, Trenna Atkins looks further into creating a  Do-It-Yourself Freestyle, an extension of the article  of the same name in the June issue of USDF Connection  and on eTRAK (here)


USDF Episode 58: Effectively Hand Walking Your Horse/Continued Discussion on Freestyle Tests

January 7, 2015

In this first podcast of the new year, we continue with the discussion from the Freestyle Committee open meeting, held during the 2014 USDF/Adequan Annual Convention, about the changes to the Freestyle tests.  We also have a training tip from Kathy Simard on effectively hand walking your horse.  Listen in...


USDF Episode 57: What’s New for Freestyles in 2015!

December 19, 2014

This week we have an excerpt from the Freestyle Meeting that was held during the recent Adequan/USDF Annual Convention.  During this meeting they talked about the new freestyle tests.  Listen in...


USDF Episode 51: New USDF and USEF Dressage Tests

November 6, 2014

This week we hear from  FEI 5* Judge and USDF Judges committee chair Gary Rockwell about the new dressage tests that will be effective 12/1/2014.   Freestyle Committee chair Dolly Hannon will also discuss the changes to the freestyle tests.  Listen in...