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 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 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 127: USDF All Breeds Awards/Serpentines/Diagnosing Back Pain in Horses

May 25, 2016

This week we are joined by Awards Committee Chair Peggy Klump to discuss the USDF All-Breeds Award Program, Eliza Romm shares tips on starting and developing serpentine exercises in our Education Segment, and we continue the focus on back pain in dressage horses with part two 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".

Peggy Klump, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, is chair of the USDF Awards Committee, a USEF Senior Dressage Judge, USEF Registered Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge, and USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer,through Second Level. Peggy has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals, and her Freestyle Silver Bar.

Eliza Sydnor Romm, Chapel Hill, NC, is a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer, through Fourth Level. Eliza has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals and trains out of Braeburn Farm in Snow Camp, NC.

Dr.Grant Myhre, DVM, 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 124: Insight from a USEF “S” Judge/Why Symmetry is Important

May 4, 2016

This week, Marilyn Heath joins us with her insights from the judges box and Janice Etzold talks about why symmetry is import for every rider and how to practice it. Listen in...

Marilyn Heath of 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.

Janice Etzold of Bainbridge Island, WA is a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level and L Program Graduate.

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USDF Episode 121: Seldom Seen/Jan Ebeling/Halts and Rein Backs

April 14, 2016

This week the American Dressage Legend series continues with an interview with Lendon Gray, as she remembers 2005 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Seldom Seen. Olympian Jan Ebeling talks about his experience as a rider at the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference with Stephan Clarke. In our Education Segment, Emme Johnston gives tips on halts and rein back. Listen in…

Lendon Gray of Bedford, NY competed in the 1980 and 1988 Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. Lendon has been involved with multiple organizations and established the Youth Dressage Festival. Her non-profit, Dressage4Kids, offers training, educational programs, and scholarships for young dressage riders of all levels.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA is an international competitor and trainer, having competed in the 2012 Olympics, the World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012, and the 2003 Pan American Games where he won a Gold Medal. He has served as a USDF Young Rider Clinician and Chef d’Equipe.

Emme Johnston of Raleigh, NC is a certified instructor through Second Level and has earned her USDF Bronze Medal.

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USDF Episode 116: News on EHV-1/Training the Simple Change/CrossTraining

March 10, 2016

This week, Dr. Werner give us an update on the EHV-1 outbreak. Certified Instructor Faculty member Sarah Martin gives advice on how to train the simple change of lead. In our Trainer's Tip, Shannon Peters talks about cross training for dressage horses. Listen in…

In 2011, Dr.Laura Werner, DVM, MS, DACVS, joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as a Surgery Associate in the Davidson Surgery Center. Dr. Werner has worked as an FEI Veterinary Delegate at some of the top Three-Day eventing competitions in the United States.

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.

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USDF Episode 114: 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI- Level Trainers Conference-East

February 25, 2016

This week, demo rider Heather Blitz and auditor Annie Morris talk about their experience at the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference with Johann Hinnemann in Loxahatchee Fl. In the Education Segment, we present part one of a two-part series featuring excerpts from the conference, Listen in…

HeatherBlitz of Medfield, MA is an instructor, trainer, and FEI level rider.Heather has qualified for and competed in the 2006 World Equestrian Games and2011 Pan Am Games earning team Gold and individual Silver medals. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

Annie Morris of Columbia, CT is a trainer at Cloverlea Farm.She is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist, USDF Certified Instructor through 4th Level and a member of the USDF CertifiedInstructor Program Faculty.

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USDF Episode 113: Captain Andrew Bela de Szinay/Throughness and Timing of the Aids

February 17, 2016

This week the American Dressage Legend series continues with a look at the life of 2004 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame inductee Captain Andrew Bela de Szinay. In the Education Segment Mary Flood talks about throughness and effective timing of the aids, Listen in…

Mary Flood of Lovettsville, VA is a USDF Certified Instructor/ Trainer, Training through Fourth Level. Mary has competed through the FEI level and is an instructor and trainer at Wildfire Farm.

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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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