USDF Episode 161 - US Dressage Finals/ What Makes an Expert Rider

July 19, 2017

This week, Lisa Gorretta joins us to talk about the 2017 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® . We have answers to your questions about the Great American/USDF Regional Championships and part four of the series on rider biomechanics with Dr. Hilary Clayton.

Lisa Gorretta, Chagrin Falls, OH, serves as the USDF Vice President, she is also a USEF ‘R’ Technical Delegate, FEI Level 2 Steward and Co-Chair of the USEF Dressage Committee.

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 159: Consistency of Aids/Rider Biomechanics, Part 2/ Lt Colonel Hans Moeller

June 21, 2017

This week Instructor/Trainer Program Faculty member Kathy Simard joins us to discuss the importance of the consistency of aids; Senior Competition Coordinator Cristen Brown returns to talk about All-Breeds Awards; we have part 2 of the series on rider Biomechanics with Dr. Hilary Clayton and we learn more about American Dressage Legend, Lieutenant Colonel Hans Moeller.

Kathy Simard, Littleton CO, is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and member of the program's Training –First Level Faculty. Kathy is an L Graduate with Distinction and has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medal.

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 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 148: USDF Education Initiative/ Member of Distinction/Joint Health, Part 3

February 1, 2017

In this week's episode, Holly Hilliard joins us to discuss the new USDF National Education Initiative, USDF Member of Distinction Janne Rumbough returns to talk about what this new national award means to her and in the education segment, the final part in Allyn Mann's series on joint health.

Holly Hilliard, Ponce De Leon, FL is chair of the Adult Programs Committee and was on the task force which created the new USDF National Education Initiative.

Janne Rumbough, Palm Beach, FL, is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, as well as a USDF Silver and Gold Freestyle Bar recipient. She was won the Master's Challenge Award at all levels of competition, and has won ten USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medals. She was a founding creator of the Palm Beach Derby 30 years ago, which is the longest standing CDI in Florida.

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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USDF Episode 146: 2016 Convention Wrap Up/ Joint Health Part 1

January 5, 2017

In this week's episode, USDF President George Williams joins us to share the updates from the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention and we have part 1 of the education session on joint health with Allyn Mann.

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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USDF Episode 142: A Preview of the 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention

November 3, 2016

This episode is dedicated to the upcoming 2016 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention being held November 30-December 3 in St Louis, MO. USDF Region 4 Director Anne Sushko will be joining us along with four of the featured education presentation speakers who give a sneak peek of what attendees will learn during their sessions.

Janice Dulak, Tolono, IL, is a former professional dancer, a Romana’s Pilates Master Instructor, author, and USDF Bronze Medalist. She chaired the dance department at Stephens College for 11 years and opened her first Pilates studio in 1993. Digging deeper into Pilates while starting to ride dressage led her to write “Pilates for the Dressage Rider” published in 2006. Her path from dancer to dressage rider, combined with her deep knowledge of the Pilates Method, created Pilates for Dressage®

Coralie Hughes, Coatesville, IN, is a Certified Practitioner of the Masterson Method of Performance Equine Bodywork. In addition to being a USDF Bronze medalist, Coralie is also a German to English translator and co-author of the Dressage Movements Revealed DVD set and The Dressage Horse Optimized.

Jen Verharen, Vashon, WA, is a professional performance and business coach. She is a USDF Certified Instructor, USDF L Program Graduate with Distinction, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, USPC Graduate A, and USPC National Examiner. She has a BA in Organizational Psychology/Mental Health and is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, Transformational Life Coach and mediator. Her business, Cadence Coaching, specializes in providing performance coaching and business training for equestrians.

Sandy Venneman PhD, Sealy, TX, is an experimental psychologist, with a lifetime teaching certificate in secondary education. Sandy combines psychology with 40 years of riding experience to help equestrians reach their potential. Her mounts have won USDF and USEA national titles. She coaches riders in the use of psychology to improve their riding with mounted and un-mounted clinics nationwide.

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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 120: USDF Dover Medal Winner/Footing with Dr. Clayton

April 6, 2016

This week, Elizabeth Behrenfield talks about her journey to becoming the 2015 USDF/Dover Saddlery National Merit Award Champion, a companion interview to the April USDF Connection article, ‘The Unexpected Partnership’. In our Education Segment, we have part one of a two-part series ‘What Every Dressage Rider Should Know About Footing’ presented by Dr. Hilary Clayton, recorded at an education session during the 2015 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention. Listen in...

Elizabeth Behrenfield, DVM of Alsea, OR received her doctorate from Oregon University and Washington State University. She is an Adult Amateur rider and a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist.

Dr. Hillary Clayton, BVMS, PHD, DACVSMR, MRCVS of Mason, MI is an equestrian, veterinarian, author, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Clayton is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and member of the USEF Dressage Committee.

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USDF Episode 104: USDF Volunteer and Youth Volunteer Of The Year/Buying a Horse

December 2, 2015

This week Volunteer of the Year winner Roz Kinstler and Youth Volunteer of the Year Rebekah Mingari talk about their experience as volunteers and why it is so important to serve; In our Education Segment Jeremy Steinberg joins us to discuss what to look for when buying a horse. Listen in...

Jeremy Steinberg,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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USDF Episode 103: U.S. Dressage Finals

November 24, 2015

This week we talk to Gwen Poulin of Deleon Springs, FL; Rebecca Knollman of Maineville OH; and Candace Platz of Auburn, ME about their experiences at the U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan. Listen in...

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