Thursday, December 13, 2012

Congratulations USDF "L" Program Graduates

Contact: Sharon Vander Ziel (859) 971-7039

USDF Congratulates New “L” Program Graduates

Lexington, KY (December 13, 2012) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that 58 USDF members successfully completed the USDF “L” Education Program in 2012.
The USDF “L” Education Program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the United States Equestrian Federation “r” Judges Training Program, to qualify individuals to judge schooling shows, and to give competitors, trainers, and instructors greater insight into the evaluative process of judging dressage. The program also serves to provide continuing education for licensed judges.  The “L” Program is an excellent opportunity for all USDF members to learn from United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) licensed judges, in order to improve their scores and improve their ability to view other rides from a judge’s perspective, whether or not they plan on becoming licensed judges themselves.   USDF “L” Program faculty  are all approved USEF Senior (“S”) dressage judges, who also have experience in teaching judge-training programs.
USDF congratulates the following new graduates of the USDF “L” Education Program:
Region 1:

*Lauren Annett, PA
   Breann DePietro, PA
   Jennifer Dipple Flowers, NC
*Mindy Elgart, NJ
*Erin, Laurent, NJ
   Kathy Mastragostino, NJ
   Diane Rodich, NJ
  *Angela Voss, MD

Region 2:

*Sophie Bayer, KY
  Karla Forrer, OH
  Christina Gemmel-Gnidovec, OH
*Jennifer Grant, OH
*Lydia Gray, IL
*Patricia Harper, OH
*Jennifer Hogan, TN
  Catherine Jacob, OH
*Stephanie Likens, MI
*Laura Ovaitt, KY
*Jennifer Truett, OH
  Shari Wolke, MI

Region 3:
  Jessica Bryant Souther, GA
  Kathryn Butt, SC
*Kim Gentry, TN
*Melody Jackson, GA
*Katie Poag, SC
*Gwen Poulin, FL

Region 4:

*Marie Maloney, KS
*Alison Sader Larson, MN

Region 5:
*Julie, Haugen, CO
Region 6:
*Sabine Ense, OR
  Tracy Erway, OR
  Carrie Gregory, WA
  Holly Griswold, OR
*Andrea Lucianna, WA
*Tija Schmiesing, WA
*Stephanie Soule, CO
*Danica Yates, OR

Region 7:
*Erin Blazick, CA
*Martina Bone, CA
  Karin Caves, CA
*Nicole Chastain Price, CA
*Alexandra Kermeen, CA
*Bonnie Walker, CA

Region 8:
  Paula Foote, ME
  Tara Manion, CT
  Laura Mitchell, ME
*Andrea Pappano, CT
  Lisa Pierson, NY
*Sara Stubbs, MA
  Jane Tremlett, ME
*Bryn Walsh, ME
  Judi Whipple, VT

Region 9:
*Jana Armstrong, OK
  Carolyn Hoekstra, OK
  Taylor Rowsey, TX
*Amy Talley, TX

*Denotes those that graduated with distinction from the "L" Program. Those who pass with distinction are eligible to apply to enter the USEF recorded (‘r’) judge program.

For more information about the USDF “L” Program, to contact a USDF “L” graduate, for a calendar of USDF “L” Education Programs, or for details on hosting an “L” Program, visit or contact USDF at (859) 971-2277 or by e-mail at  
Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage.  For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit, e-mail, or call (859) 971-2277

Monday, November 19, 2012

Congratulations CARA "L" Graduates

'Congratulations' are in order to the candidates who graduated from The Central Arizona Riding Academy "L" Program's Final Exam held
 November 3rd-4th in Scottsdale AZ

* Erin Blazick
    * Martina Bone
       * Nicole Chastain
         Ursula Conway
     * Jennifer Grant
                * Alexandra Kermeed
                * Alison Sader Larson
        * Stephanie Soule
        * Bonnie Walker  
*Denotes those who have graduated with distinction from the "L" Program and may be eligible to enter the USEF “r” program.
The above "L" graduates will also be listed on the USDF website in
Instructors and Officials List

 After a successful graduation, candidates are referred to as “L” Graduates. “L” Graduates are NOT licensed dressage judges. Therefore, they may not advertise themselves as
 “L” judges

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Newly Revised USDF Judge’s Checklist Now available

Newly Revised USDF Judge’s Checklist Now available

With all the recent changes in classes and rules it can be very hard for judges to keep up with the current rules and procedures. 

The USDF Judges Committee formed a working group consisting of judges and experts who combined their knowledge and expertise to revise the USDF Judges Checklist.

The new format is easier to read with live links that take readers to the most current rules and regulations on the USDF, USEF and FEI web sites.

The Judges Checklist is also a valuable resource for “L” Program Graduates and those currently enrolled in the “L” Education Program.

While geared toward judges; scribes and competitors will also find some very useful information in the checklist.

As a USDF member benefit, the checklist is a free to download through eTRAK.  Just click to open and download. 

For more information contact

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Part 2 Approved in Region 3

Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association (GDCTA) has been approved to host a “L” Program Part 2 “Candidate’s Evaluation”
Sessions/Dates/ Locations/ Instructors are as follows: 
            Session D1: April 27-28th, 2013; Conyers, GA; Instructor: Marilyn Heath
            Session D2: June 8-9th,  2013, Conyers, GA; Instructor Maryal Barnett
            Final Exam: September 14-15th, 2013 :Conyers, GA; Examiners- Marilyn Heath and Janet Foy

To register or for more information, please contact organizer: Denice Kludt For more information about the “L” Program, Please contact

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New "L" Education Program Approved in Region 1

New England Dressage Association (NEDA), USDF Region 8, applied for a USDF “L” Education Program Part 1 and Part 2 and was approved. Dates Location and Instructors are as follows:
Part 1
            Session A; October 5-6, 2013; Natick, MA; Bill Solyntjes
            Session B; November 9-10, 2013; Natick, MA; Lois Yukins
            Session C; April 5-6th, 2014; Natick, MA; Gary Rockwell

Part 2

Session D1; May 10-11,2014;
NEDA Spring Show, Marshfield, MA; Lois Yukins

Session D2; July, TBA 2014; King Oaks Dressage Days, South Hampton, MA; Trenna Atkins

Final Exam; Sept 13-14, 2014; NEDA Fall Festival; Gary Rockwell, Trenna Atkins
For more information on this “L” Program please contact organizer Sally Davenport

If you have any questions about being eligible for Part 2 please contact me at or 859-971-2277.