Meet the L Graduate – Stacy Williams


Stacy Williams is a USDF “L” Graduate and USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer at Training-First Level, who currently resides in St. George, UT. Stacy has worked to develop a small but competitive dressage program in a community more familiar with rodeos than tempi changes. She and her clients travel all over the southwest to further their educational and competitive goals, earning numerous GMO, Regional, and All-Breed awards.

How long have you been involved in the sport?

I have been involved in dressage since 1999 at least casually, turning more focus to it in 2007.

How long have you been a USDF member?

I have been a USDF member almost continuously since 1999.

What made you decide to participate in the USDF L Education Program?

I decided to complete the L Education Program when the Utah Dressage Society held a program in 2009/2010, because I wanted to further my education and take advantage of the good fortune of only having to travel within a day’s drive for each session.

Do you plan to further your dressage education and to continue to apply what you learned in the program to become a licensed official?

I have considered pursuing my education further, in order to become a licensed official, but at a later date.

Do you serve as a judge for schooling shows in your capacity as an L Graduate? If so, on average, how many per year?

I judge, on average, four to six schooling shows per year. There are not that many within a day’s drive of me, but there are even fewer L Graduates to judge those shows.

What impact did the program have on your dressage knowledge?

The L Education Program greatly enhanced my education, and I’d highly recommend all riders, professional aspirations or not, at least audit the program.

Name three things you took away from the program that you think every rider should know.

The most important aspect of the L Education Program is its design, which not only provides information to the participants and auditors, but teaches them how to find more information for themselves. Many of us do not live in dressage-savvy communities, and the resources provided by the program, and by USDF in general, are vital to those of us out here in no-man’s land. Secondly, the program’s attention to the biomechanics greatly enhanced my eye, and helped me learn how to further my education in that realm. Lastly, the program was vital in helping me develop a system for assessment of horse and rider, whether working with my students, or watching my own self-training videos.

Have you participated in or completed other USDF programs? Describe.

I participated in the USDF Instructor/Trainer program and am Certified at Training-First Level. I would like to further this certification when I have an opportunity, now that I have been able to help students achieve higher levels of riding as required to participate.

Have you served in any other official capacity with USDF (council/committee member, council/committee chair, PM/GM delegate, board member/Regional Director, etc.)? Please describe.

I have not served with USDF, but I have served with GMOs in the past.

Tell us about your horse(s).

I have two horses. Frisco Bay is a 12-year-old Westfalen gelding, whom I bred myself. He has shown successfully through Prix St Georges. Since his last show in July 2019, he suffered a severe back injury from getting cast in his stall, from which he has fully recovered. Then, COVID. Add to that my broken right hand, from which I am finally recovering, and he likely will canter up centerline at Intermediate 1 in the spring. Reno is a 4-year-old Oldenburg gelding that I bought as a 2-year-old. He has had a lot of growing to do, so his workload has only just begun to increase late summer, once my hand healed. I hope to show him at First level in the spring, and feel he may be a suitable candidate for the 6-Year-Old classes in 2022.

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