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 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 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 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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