I am a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist and L Graduate. I operate a small boarding and training barn outside Louisville, KY. I have been teaching and training for about 20 years. I have trained several horses and clients to the FEI level and currently my horse, Confetti APT, is working towards Grand Prix. I love riding freestyles and am lucky that my husband is a musician because he can edit my music!
How long have you been involved in the sport?
I have been involved with dressage for about 30 years.
How long have you been a USDF member?
I have been a USDF member for 21 years.
What made you decide to participate in the USDF L Education Program?
I wanted to judge local schooling shows.
How long did it take to complete the program, start to finish?
I think it took about a year.
Do you plan to further your dressage education and to continue to apply what you learned in the program to become a licensed official?
Maybe later in life.
Do you serve as a judge for schooling shows in your capacity as an L Graduate? If so, on average, how many per year?
Yes. I probably judge three to five schooling shows per year.
What impact did the program have on your dressage knowledge?
The program helped my eye and my teaching.
Name three things you took away from the program that you think every rider should know.
Biomechanics of the gaits, definitions of the collectives and what judges are looking for, and how the judges come up with their scores for each movement.
Tell us about your horse(s).
I have a mustang, Violet, who is my schoolmaster. She teaches lessons. I trained her up to Prix St Georges. My competition horse, Confetti, is a 10-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare. I’ve had her since she was five and we are currently working towards Grand Prix. Last year, we competed in Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 1 Freestyle and competed at Region 4 Championships in October 2020.
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