USDF Episode 171-2017 Adequan® Annual Convention Review/ Grand Prix Horse of the Year

December 13, 2017

USDF President George Williams joins us to wrap up the 2017 Adequan®/ USDF Convention and we have an interview from our archives with Laura Graves.

Laura Graves, Geneva, FL, and Verdades earned an individual silver medal and team gold medal at the Pan American Games. They also were members of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Verdades, owned and ridden by Laura Graves, was named 2017 Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Verdades' median score of 79.940 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level.

George Williams, Wellington, FL, has served as the USDF President since 2010. He is also a competitor, trainer, and clinician. He is a USEF Youth Coach and serves on multiple USEF committees.

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USDF Episode 169-Preview of the 2017 Adequan® Annual Convention

November 8, 2017

USDF Region 2 Director Ken Levy joins us to talk about the annual convention coming to Lexington Kentucky. Get a preview of the business meetings and a preview of the education sessions that will be available to all attendees.

Ken Levy, Noblesville, IN. is a USEF “r” judge, USDF Certified Instructor, and FEI competitor. Ken is the USDF Region 2 Director,and past President of Indiana Dressage Society.

Eileen Phethean is Kentucky Equine Research’s Chief Operating Officer. She received her B.S. in animal science and her MBA from the University of Kentucky. She has enjoyed a lifelong association with horses and earned her A rating with the United States Pony Club.

Hallye Griffin, Managing Director of Dressage for US Equestrian, attended Transylvania University in Lexington, KY., and majored in Political Science. Hallye grew up riding in the United States Pony Club and competing in the discipline of Eventing.

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USDF Episode 168: Rule Change Proposals/ USDF Membership Types

October 26, 2017

Chair of the USEF Dressage Sport Committee Rules Working Group, Janine Malone joins us to discuss the proposed rule changes that could affect dressage riders and judges and 2018 Adequan®/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference presenter Johann Hinnemann  shares his theory on training.

Johann Hinnemann is recognized worldwide as a trainer and coach, having served as Canada's team trainer and German National Coach, alongside Klaus Balkenhol. His student roster reads like a "Who's Who" of Olympic medalists and various national champions, including Steffen Peters, Coby van Baalen, Marlies van Baalen, Ulla Salzgeber, and Heiki Kemmer.

Janine Malone, Zebulon, NC, is a USEF Registered Dressage Judge and Technical Delegate, FEI Level 3 Steward, and member of multiple committees, including the USDF Sport Horse Committee, the USEF  Licensed Officials Task Force and Competition Management Committees.

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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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