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 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 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 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 158: Youth Special Edition with Adrienne Lyle, Cat Chamberlain, and Christine Traurig

June 7, 2017

This week we have a special episode, which will focus on the USDF programs for youth and young adults.

2012 Olympian and former FEI young rider, Adrienne Lyle, joins us to talk about her success at the 2017 Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. Chair of the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Sub- Committee, Catherine Chamberlain, joins us to talk about her involvement in USDF Youth Programs, and we hear about young horse training from USEF Young Horse Coach Christine Traurig.

Adrienne Lyle, Ketchum, ID, was a member of medal-winning team at the 2004 North American Young Rider Championships. In 2005, Lyle began working with U.S. Olympic dressage icon Debbie McDonald. In the 2012, she competed in the Olympics as an Individual, riding the Oldenburg gelding Wizard. Adrienne riding the Oldenburg mare Horizon won the 2017 USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship held during the 2017 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions.

Catherine ‘Cat’ Chamberlain, Temecula, CA, competed at NAJYRC five times, bringing home two individual gold medals, three team gold medals and three individual silver medals. Catherine represented the U.S. on the 2015 USEF Young Rider European Tour. She also competed at the 2015 USEF Festival of Champions where she won the Young Rider National Championships. Chamberlain serves on the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee and the board of The Dressage Foundation.  Cat has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.

Christine Traurig, Carlsbad, CA, is the current United States Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Coach. In 2000, Christine was part of the bronze medal winning United States Dressage Team at the Sydney Olympics. Also in 2000, Christine was named the US Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year. Christine is a USDF Honorary Instructor.

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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 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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