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USDF Episode 58: Effectively Hand Walking Your Horse/Continued Discussion on Freestyle Tests

USDF Episode 58: Effectively Hand Walking Your Horse/Continued Discussion on Freestyle Tests

January 7, 2015

In this first podcast of the new year, we continue with the discussion from the Freestyle Committee open meeting, held during the 2014 USDF/Adequan Annual Convention, about the changes to the Freestyle tests.  We also have a training tip from Kathy Simard on effectively hand walking your horse.  Listen in...

USDF Episode 57: What’s New for Freestyles in 2015!

USDF Episode 57: What’s New for Freestyles in 2015!

December 19, 2014

This week we have an excerpt from the Freestyle Meeting that was held during the recent Adequan/USDF Annual Convention.  During this meeting they talked about the new freestyle tests.  Listen in...

USDF Episode 51: New USDF and USEF Dressage Tests

USDF Episode 51: New USDF and USEF Dressage Tests

November 6, 2014

This week we hear from  FEI 5* Judge and USDF Judges committee chair Gary Rockwell about the new dressage tests that will be effective 12/1/2014.   Freestyle Committee chair Dolly Hannon will also discuss the changes to the freestyle tests.  Listen in...

USDF Episode 50: Equine Rehabilitation and Preventive Care/Nosebands/USDF L Program

USDF Episode 50: Equine Rehabilitation and Preventive Care/Nosebands/USDF L Program

October 29, 2014

On this week’s episode we have a training tip from Sarah Martin, an excerpt from the L Program Open Meeting held during the 2013 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention, and the final part of the presentation by Kirsten Johnson on equine rehabilitation and preventive care.  Listen in...

USDF Episode 32: Freestyle Tip / An Evening with the USEF Coaches

USDF Episode 32: Freestyle Tip / An Evening with the USEF Coaches

June 25, 2014

On the show this week, we have an excerpt from the2014 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program session an ‘Evening with the Coaches’ featuring Robert Dover, Debbie McDonald, and Scott Hassler. But first we have a freestyle tip from Dolly Hannon on how to achieve a good score. Listen in... 

Dolly Hannon, Arvada, CO is the Chair of theUSDF Freestyle Committee, a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level and a USEF "S’"Judge.

USDF Episode 26: Gastrointestinal Health in the Equine Athlete/ Pas de Deux

USDF Episode 26: Gastrointestinal Health in the Equine Athlete/ Pas de Deux

May 14, 2014

This week we hear part two of  the 2013 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention education session Gastrointestinal Health in the Equine Athlete with Dr. Frank Pellegrini and Dr. Nikki Carbeson  on the risks of colic.  Our freestyle tip this week is from Ann Guptill on Pas de Deux and we learn about 2003 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductee Karl Mikolka.

Ann Guptill, East Haddem, CT is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level,  an Instructor Certification Program Examiner and a L Education Program Graduate. She is a current member of the USDF Instructor/Trainer and Freestyle Committees and is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist. Ann was a member of the 1987 Pan American Games Silver Medal team.

USDF Episode 25:  Getting More Swing in the Horse Back/ Musical Freestyle Continuing Education/Chuck Grant

USDF Episode 25: Getting More Swing in the Horse Back/ Musical Freestyle Continuing Education/Chuck Grant

May 8, 2014

This week we have a trainers tip from Annie Morris giving exercises to get more swing in the horses back, we have an excerpt a 2013 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention session with Terri Ciotti-Gallo as she introduces the new Musical Freestyle Continuing Education Program  and we remember USDF1997 Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Grant.

Annie  Morris, Columbia, CT, is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level,  a member of the Instructor/Trainer program’s Training – First Level Faculty and a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist.

USDF Episode 24: Freestyle Choreography and Music/Adult Amateur Opportunities

USDF Episode 24: Freestyle Choreography and Music/Adult Amateur Opportunities

April 30, 2014

In this week’s episode we get a musical freestyle tip from Sarah Geikie on music and choreography.  We also talk with Holly Hilliard,USDF Adult Programs Chair, about Adult Amateur opportunities in USDF.

Sarah Geikie, Lebanon, CT is a USEF ‘S’ Judge and FEI 4* judge; a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level; an Instructor Certification Examiner; a current member of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Committee and the Freestyle Committee and has served on the USDF Judges Committee. 

USDF Episode 23: The NewContinuing Education in Freestyle Judging Program /Timing of Aids

USDF Episode 23: The NewContinuing Education in Freestyle Judging Program /Timing of Aids

April 23, 2014

On this week’s episode Terry Ciotti-Gallo explains the new Continuing Education in Freestyle Judging Program  and Kate Fleming Kuhn joins us for a training tip on the use of aids, not just the correct use, but  also the timing and intensity.  Listen in…

Kate Fleming-Kuhn, New Berlin, IL is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and a member of the programs Training– First Level Faculty.  Kate is also a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist.

USDF Episode 22: Gastrointestinal Health  in the Equine Athlete and Exercise for Riding a ‘Square’

USDF Episode 22: Gastrointestinal Health in the Equine Athlete and Exercise for Riding a ‘Square’

April 16, 2014

Join us this week for part 1 of Gastrointestinal Health in the Equine Athlete with Dr. Frank Pellegrini.  This is an excerpt from an education session at the 2013 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention.  In this week’s training tip, Kathy Simard offers some exercises about riding a square to overcome problems of turning and more. Listen in ….

Kathy Simard, Littleton, CO  is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and member of the programs Training –First Level Faculty.  She is also a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and an L Graduate with Distinction. 

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