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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USDF Episode 156- Isabell Werth/ Why Horses Get Sore

May 10, 2017

This week Chris Stafford catches up with the top dressage rider in the world, Isabell Werth. This interview is courtesy of WiSP Sports and may not be reproduced in any form without permission. The original broadcast can be found at

In our education segment, we have the final part of the  four part series Helping Your Horse Perform its Best recorded at the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention. In this segment, certified practitioner of the Masterson Method of Performance Equine Body Work, Coralie Hughes, talks about how and why horses get sore.

Isabell Werth, Rheinberg, GER, is the most decorated rider in Olympic history with 10 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 13 European Championships, and 14 German Championships. Isabell captivated the crowd at the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017, winning the FEI Grand Prix competition at the CenturyLink Center on Thursday. Riding her Olympic mount Weihegold, Werth rode to an impressive score of 82.300%, the only entry to score above 80%.

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 153: FEI World Cup Special with Laura Graves and Kasey Perry Glass

April 5, 2017

This week we have interviews with FEI World Cup riders Kasey Perry-Glass and Laura Graves. Listen in as they share their World Cup experience.

Kasey Perry-Glass, Orangevale, CA, made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she and her mount, Goerklingaards Dublet, were members of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team. Now working closely with Olympian Debbie McDonald, Perry-Glass divides her time between her Wellington, FL, winter base and Hailey, Idaho, at the Thomas family’s River Grove Farm.

Laura Graves, Geneva, FL, and Verdades competed on The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, where they finished fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In 2015, they 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.

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USDF Episode 140: Rio 2016 Paralympics Results/The Dressage Horse Manifesto/Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

September 28, 2016

This week Missy Ransehousen joins us to recap the 2016 Rio Paralympics. We have an interview with Yvonne Barteau, author of The Dressage Horse Manifesto, and an excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum featuring Scott Hassler and Willy Arts.

Missy Ransehousen, Unionville, PA, operates Blue Hill Farm with her mother well known Olympic rider Jessica Ransehousen. Missy has made her own mark on the equestrian world being named 2011 USEF Para Coach of the year. Missy was selected as the coach for the 2000 Paralympics Team in Sydney and also coached the US Para Team to first place at the Pacific Rim Championships in 2006, and has served as Paralympics' coach in 2000, 2004,2008 & 2012.

Yvonne Barteau, Maple Park, IL, is a lifetime equestrian who has dedicated her life to understanding horses and preparing them for their careers. Yvonne has trained over ten horses to the Grand Prix Level. She and her husband Kim operate KYB Dressage LLC based out of Grand Prix Equestrian a state of the art dressage facility located approximately 50 miles west of Chicago. Yvonne has authored several books, including Ride the Right Horse, The Dressage Horse Manifesto, The Spirit of the Horse, and All the Kings Horsemen.

Scott Hassler, Chesapeake City, MD, and Willy Arts, Hanford, CA, will be presenters again at this year's USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum, which will be held October 22-23 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Auditor pre-registration closes October 7. This program provides a correct fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. The forum is intended for trainers, owners, and breeders, with the goal of developing a consistent training foundation for all sport horse prospects



USDF Episode 136: 2016 Rio Olympic Games Special Edition

August 10, 2016

In this special episode, get to know Olympic athlete Laura Graves and Paralympic athlete Rebecca Hart.

Laura Graves, Geneva,FL, abandoned her career as a hairstylist to turn her unruly horse, Verdades, known as Diddy, into a dressage superstar. Chosen as a foal by her mother from a video, Graves advanced him up the levels herself with the guidance of several top trainers. Together Laura and Verdades won Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games. Since then they have placed in the top FEI competitions and will be an exciting pair to watch.

Rebecca Hart, Unionville, PA, has represented the U.S. at several international events, including the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she paired with her new mount, Schroeters Romani. They placed seventh in each of their three tests at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and won back-to-back USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Hart is a seven-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion.




USDF Episode 132: Charlotte Jorst/Stephen Clarke

June 30, 2016

This week Charlotte Jorst joins us to talk about the June USDF Connection article, "Charlotte Jorst Takes on the World" and in the Education Segment, we have an excerpt from the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference held at El Sueno Equestrian Center featuring FEI Judge General Stephen Clarke explaining his basic concepts of dressage.

Charlotte Jorst, Reno,NV, is one of only a handful of Adult Amateurs competing at the international High Performance level of dressage. Charlotte is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist.

Stephen Clarke, Cheshire, England is an FEI 5* Dressage Judge, the FEI Dressage Judge General, IDOC President and a former international rider and coach.



USDF Episode 43: WEG Wrap-up/Mentoring

September 11, 2014

This week we hear from USEF Team Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover about the American performances at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  But first we hear from Charlotte Bredahl about mentoring.  


USDF Episode 41: WEG Preview/US Dressage Finals Update/Tips For The 10 Meter Circle

August 25, 2014

The Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games get under way this week and we will hear from Jessica Ransehousen as she previews the competition.  Annie Morris will share some tips on the 10 meter circle. But first we will hear from Stephan Hienzsch, USDF Executive Director, as he talks about the upcoming US Dressage Finals, presented by Adequan.

Jessica Ransehousen, Coatesville,PA, was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame in 2001 and was recently recognized as a USDF Honorary Instructor.  Jessica served as chef d'equipefor the United States  Dressage Team at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games, at the 1990 and 1994 World Equestrian Games, and at the 1991 and 1995Pan American Games.  She represented the U.S. in three Olympic Games (1960,1964, and 1988) as well as in the 1959 Pan American Games and is an FEI 3*judge.


USDF Episode 40: Importance Of Having The Horse In Front Of The Leg/Countdown to WEG Continues

August 20, 2014

With just a few days left until the start of the 2014Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, we will hear from Todd Flettrich as he reflects on the 2010 games where he was a member of the team. But first we will hear from Chris Hickey as he shares this week’s trainer tip. Listen in...

Chris Hickey, Chardon, OH, is the Co-Chair of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Committee and a member of the faculty.  He is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and the Individual and Team Gold Medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games.


USDF Episode 39: How to Maximize Your Lesson/Countdown to WEG Continues

August 13, 2014

This week we hear from Rachel Saavedra on how to be a ‘good student’ and maximize each lesson opportunity.  We continue our count down to the 2014 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games as we hear from Leslie Morse who was a member of the Bronze Medal team at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen.  Listen in…

Rachel Saavedra,San Ramon,CA, is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level, a member of the programs faculty and a member of the Instructor/Trainer Committee.  Rachel is a USDF Silver and Gold Medalist.