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 141: US Dressage Finals/Embryo Transfer/Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum

October 13, 2016

This week USDF's Competition Department Manager Krystina Wright joins us to talk about the US Dressage Final presented by Adequan®. We learn about embryo transfer from Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf, and in our education segment, we have part 2 from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum.

Dr.Karen Wolfsdorf, Lexington, KY, graduated from the University of Florida in 1992. In 1996, Dr. Wolfsdorf joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as an Associate and in 2002 she became one of the first two woman Members of the Practice. Dr. Wolfsdorf’s main area of interest is infertility in the mare and problems during pregnancy. She spends her time working as a field veterinarian and as a specialist at the McGee Fertility Center. Dr Wolfsdorf has authored many chapters on equine reproduction as well as lectured worldwide and published research.

Scott Hassler, Chesapeake City, MD, and Willy Arts, Hanford, CA, return as presenters for the 2016 USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum,which will be held October 22-23 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Advanced registration has closed, but registrations will be accepted on site.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

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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

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USDF Episode 137:Olympic results/NAJYRC/Sport Horse Youth Seminars

August 17, 2016

In this episode, we recap the 2016 Rio Dressage Olympic results; we get to know the 2016 USDF North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage Championship presented by Gotham North triple Gold Medal winner Nicholas Hansen and hear from Erin Bell, Colin Gaffney, and Noel Williams; three young USDF members who attended both of the new USDF Sport Horse Youth Programs.

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USDF Episode 123: Adult and Youth Team Competitions/Training for In Hand Classes

April 27, 2016

This week Gaye McCabe joins us to talk about USDF Adult and Youth Regional Team Competitions. In our Education Segment, Christine Smith give tips on training and presenting Sport Horses in hand. Listen in...

GayeMcCabe- Long time member of the USDF Youth Programs Committee

Christine Smith is the owner of Wildest Expectations Farms, where she breeds, trains, shows, and sells Selle Francais, Danish, and Oldenburg Warmbloods. Christine was a presenter at the inaugural USDF Youth Dressage Sport Horse Handlers/Breeders Seminar, held at Dressage at Devon in 2015.

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USDF Episode 119: Straightening/Trainer Conference/Showing In-Hand

March 31, 2016

This week, Gerhard Politz gives us additional thoughts on his USDF Connection article, Straightening the Horse. Cyndi Jackson talks about her experience as a demo rider at the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainer Conference in Somis, CA. In our Education Segment, Michael Bragdell talks about showing your horse in-hand; part 2 of an excerpt from the USDF Youth Dressage Sport Horse Breeder/Handler Seminar. Listen in…

Gerhard Politz of Glendale, CA is a member of the USDF Instructor Trainer Committee, a USDF Certified Instructor Trainer Examiner and a USDF Bronze,Silver and Gold Medalist.

Cyndi Jackson of Glendale, AZ is an FEI Level coach, trainer and competitor. She is a USDF L Education Program Graduate with Distinction and aUSDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

Michael Bragdell of 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 a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

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USDF Episode 118: Materiale Championship/Showing In-Hand

March 24, 2016

This weekUSDF Sport Horse Committee Chair Kristi Wysocki explains the new Materiale Championships. In our Education Segment, Michael Bragdell talks aboutshowing your horse in-hand; part 1 of an excerpt from the USDF Youth SportHorse Seminar. Listen in…

Kristi Wysocki of Elbert, CO is a USEF ‘S’ Dressage and ‘R’ Sport Horse Judge and a FEI 3* Dressage and 4* ParaEquestrian Judge. Kristi is also Chairof the USDF Sport Horse Committee, a USDF Certified Instructor through SecondLevel and a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

Michael Bragdell of 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 Instructorthrough Fourth Level and a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

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USDF Episode 105: USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference/USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development/Working Students

December 9, 2015

This week USDF Education Department Manager Katherine Robertson joins us for a preview of the upcoming Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conferences; Regina Milliken joins us to talk about her experience at the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum presented by Dressage at Devon; in the Education Segment trainer Kimberly Bench talks about being a working student. To read Kimberly’s USDF Connection article on the subject, click here.Listen in...

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USDF Episode 92: USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum/Understanding USEF/FEI Medication Rules

September 9, 2015

This week USDF Education Department Manager Kathie Robertson talks about the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum being held at Shannondale Farm on October24 and 25.  The Education Segment continues a four part series discussing the USEF/FEI Medication Rules. The series is an excerpt from the Riding with the Vet DVD available through the USDF online store. Listen in...

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USDF Episode 89: Sport Horse Opportunities/Making the Most of the Short Side

August 19, 2015

This week FEI 3* Dressage Judge, USEF Registered Sport Horse Judge, and USDF Certified Instructor Kristi Wysocki talks about the upcoming Youth Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar and why it is important to get young adults involved in Sport Horse Breeding. In the Education Segment, USEF Senior ("S") Judge Lisa Hyslop gives tips on how to ride proper corners and short sides. Listen in...

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