USDF Episode 155: Sport Horse Special/ Biomechanics of the Gaits

April 26, 2017

This week we have a special episode, which will focus on the USDF Sport Horse programs. 2017 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum co-presenter Michael Bragdell joins us to speak about the upcoming 2017 forum.  Kristi Wysocki discusses the different sport horse education events taking place in 2017, and in the education segment, we have Coralie Hughes explaining the biomechanics of the gaits.

Michael Bragdell, Colora, MD, is the Head Trainer at Hilltop Farm, where he trains and presents young horses in-hand and under saddle at breed inspections and competitions. Michael is also a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and has earned his USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.

Kristi Wysocki, Elbert, CO, is a USEF licensed ‘S’ Dressage and ‘R’ Sport Horse Judge with USEF and a FEI 3* Dressage  and Young horse Judge, and 4* Para Equestrian Judge.  Kristi is also Chair of the USDF Sport Horse Committee, a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level, and has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.

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.

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USDF Episode 154-Saddlebreds in Dressage/ Collection at Second Level/ The Muscular System

April 13, 2017

In this week's episode Jody Swimmer joins us to talk about her success with competing Saddlebreds in dressage, Marilyn Heath explains how much collection is needed to ride Second Level and we have part 2 of Helping Your Horse Perform its Best with Coralie Hughes.

Jody Swimmer, PT, DPT, MAT, Louisville, KY is a physical therapist who competed her Saddle bred, New York City Slicker, at the 2016 US Dressage Finals in the FEI Intermediate I. Jody has also earned her USDF Silver Medal.

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.

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.

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USDF Episode 151: Excerpts from the 2017Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference/Keeping the Older Horse Happy and Sound

March 15, 2017

This week we have the 2017 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference presenters Lilo Fore and Hans-Christian Matthiesen sharing their tips for riding lateral movements and pirouettes. Training conference rider Beatrice Marienau also joins us to talk about her system for keeping, Stefano 8, her wonderful 18- year -old Grand Prix horse, happy and sound.

Lilo Fore, Santa Rosa, CA, is a recently retired FEI 5* and Para 3* Judge. She is a licensed USEF "S" and DSHB "R" dressage judge.  Lilo is a founder of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program and is the current chair of the Instructor /Trainer Committee.

Hans-Christian Matthiesen, Denmark, is an FEI 5* Judge and newly elected President of the International Dressage Officials Club. A veterinarian by profession, Matthiesen has been a member of the Danish Equestrian Federation’s Board of Directors and chair of the Danish selection committee.

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USDF Episode 150: Pet Peeves of a Dressage Judge/Strategic Planning for Riders, Part 2/Lazelle Knocke

March 2, 2017

This week USEF Senior dressage judge, Kathy Rowse, shares some of her pet peeves and advice from a judge’s point of view.  In the education segment, we have the final section on strategic planning for riders; and in our third segment, we continue our American Legends series with a look at the 2002 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of fame recipient, Lazelle Knocke.

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.

Jen Verharen, Vashon, WA, is an L graduate with distinction, a USDF certified Instructor, USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist, USPC graduate A, USPC National Examiner, and certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her business, Cadence Coaching, specializes in providing performance coaching and business training for equestrians.

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USDF Episode 149: Winter Education Ideas/Lifetime Achievement/Strategic Planning for Riders, Part 1

February 15, 2017

In this week’s episode, Margaret Freeman discusses ideas for winter education programs, Sam Barish shares his excitement regarding being the recipient of the 2016  Roemer Foundation/ USDF Lifetime Achievement Award, and  we hear part one of a two part series on Strategic Planning for riders with Jen Verharen.

Margaret Freeman, Tryon, NC, is a USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge, USDF Executive Board Secretary, equestrian journalist and USDF Connection editorial advisor.

Dr. Samuel Barish, Rockville, MD, is a former USDF Region 1 Director, USDF Vice President, USDF president, and 2016 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Jen Verharen, Vashon, WA, is an L graduate with distinction, a USDF certified Instructor, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, USPC graduate A, USPC National Examiner, and certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her business, Cadence Coaching, specializes in providing performance coaching and business training for equestrians.

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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.

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USDF Episode 126: The Masterson Method/Snaffle or Double/Diagnosing Back Pain in Horses

May 18, 2016

This week we are joined by co-author of The Dressage Horse Optimized, Coralie Hughes, to talk about the Masterson Method and how it can benefit dressage horses. In the education segment, Sarah Martin joins us to elaborate on the article, "Snaffle or Double", from the May issue of USDF Connection. We continue the focus on back pain in dressage horses with part one of a three part series by Dr. Myhre recorded at the Adequan®/ USDF Annual Convention education session named "The Science and Treatment of Back Lameness".

Coralie Hughes of Coatesville, IN. is a Masterson Method practitioner and advanced level instructor. Coralie co-authored with Jim Masterson, the "Dressage Movements Revealed" DVD set and the book The Dressage Horse Optimized. Coralie is an L Graduate with Distinction.

Sarah Martin of Blanca, CO, is a member of the USDF Certified Instructor Faculty. She is a Certified Instructor through Fourth Level, an L Graduate with Distinction, as well as having earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.

Dr.Grant Myhre, DVM, of Rochester, NH, has been performing surgeries for over 30 years and is interested in improving diagnostic imaging modalities. Dr. Myhre was the first in northern New England to pioneer innovations from arthroscopy to digital radiology and serves the New England equestrian community at the Myhre Equine Clinic.

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USDF Episode 111: Pedigrees and Function/Clarity in Teaching

February 3, 2016

This week Judy Wardrope joins us to discuss Pedigrees and Function as it relates to Sport Horse Breeding. This interview is a compliment to her article ‘Forecast:2016 Sport-Horse Breeding’ published the December/January issue of Connection. In the Education Segment Janet ‘Dolly’ Hannon looks at the importance of clarity in teaching. Listen in…

Judy Wardrope, Alberta, Canada is a long time equine journalist with an interest in performance horse breeding and bloodlines. She is the author of multiple books on the subject.

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. She is also a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist

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USDF Episode 110: Using Your Seat/Pet Peeves of a Veterinarian

January 27, 2016

This week Dr.Mark Martinelli discusses his pet peeves from a veterinarian’s viewpoint, an excerpt from the Riding with the Vets DVD available from the USDF onlinestore. Shannon Peters joins us to discuss using your seat, from her USDF Connection article found here. Listen in…

Shannon Peters of San Diego, CA is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and three time USEF National Championship competitor. Together with her husband Steffen, she operates the training facility Arroyo del Mar.

Mark Martinelli DVM, PhD, DACVS of Encinitas, CA currently works through California Equine Orthopedics where he focuses on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness.

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USDF Episode 107: Para Dressage/Starting a Young Horse

January 6, 2016

This week David Schmutz talks about the qualification requirements for Para Dressage riders. To read David’s USDF Connection article on the subject, click here. In our Education Segment Jeremy Steinberg talks about his method for starting young horses. Listen in...

DavidSchmutz of Glendale, CA is an FEI 4* Para Dressage Judge, and USEF Senior(‘S’) Dressage Judge and serves on the USDF Judges Committee.

Jeremy Steinberg of 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.

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