5 Things to Love About USDF Connection Magazine


USDF’s flagship publication, USDF Connection, has been delighting and educating members for over 20 years.  Currently publishing six issues per year, it contains everything from event recaps, trending topics in dressage, training tips, and so much more.  Here are 5 reasons to love USDF Connection!

Award winning content

Through the years, USDF Connection has been the recipient of more than 30 American Horse Publication (AHP) Equine Media Awards,including  the prestigious 2016 AHP General Excellence Association Publication Award. A few other notable award winners from USDF Connection were “Clinic: Get to Second Base” by Beth Baumert winner for Instructional Series, “New Findings in Hoof Care” by Sally Silverman winner for Horse Care, and “Davinci Horse” illustrated by Catherine Twomey winner in Open Illustration. USDF Connection has regularly placed in the top three of multiple AHP award categories, such Service to the Consumer, Instructional Single Article, and Instructional Series.

Covers from 2016 when the magazine won an AHP Equine Media General Excellence Award.

Advice from the experts

Flipping through an issue of USDF Connection gives the reader access to insight from many top riders and trainers from throughout the dressage community.  Some of these noted and recurring  contributors include;

Beth Baumert – Beth is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level, a USDF L Program Graduate with Distinction, and author of the book When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics. She also serves as president of The Dressage Foundation, a position she has held since 2014.

Photo by Bob Tarr

Janet Foy – Janet is an FEI 5* dressage judge with numerous other judging credentials to her name. She is a member of the USDF Judges and L Program Committees, as well as a member of the USDF L Program Faculty. Additionally, she is the author of the book Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse.

Jennifer Bryant photo

Dr. Hilary Clayton BVMS, PHD, DACVSMR, MRCV, – Dr. Clayton is a current professor and Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair emerita at Michigan State University. She was the original holder of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, from 1997 to 2014 and most recently, was a member of the 2020 class of inductees into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, for her contributions to the sport.   

Educational content

Readers of USDF Connection are hungry for educational content, especially things they can put into practice immediately.  The magazine delivers on this by offering loads of exclusive educational content, including multiple training series: most recently “Nailing It! Riding with Success Through the Levels,” based on USDF’s On the Levels videos.  (This series has been reprinted on YourDressage: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.)

It is the official publication of USDF.

With its designation as the official publication of the United States Dressage Federation, USDF Connection, in addition to educational content, is the top source for coverage of all things federation related, including Adequan®/USDF Year-End Award results, coverage and results from the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®and Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention coverage.  The yearbook issue of USDF Connection, mailed each spring, is a can’t-miss as it wraps up the year before and celebrates the accomplishments of competitors, breeders, volunteers, and more from across the country.

Only publication devoted exclusively to dressage.

For dressage lovers, no other publication can compare.  USDF Connection is the only national magazine dedicated solely to the sport of dressage.  As its name suggests, this magazine is your connection to everything dressage. 


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