Lorraine Klepacz started riding when she was 8 years old. Her riding background evolved from hunter/jumpers to foxhunting to upper-level eventing, and currently consists of a string of promising dressage horses. In 2012, Lorraine earned her USDF Bronze Medal. She currently lives in Dutton, VA with her fiancé and rescue pit bull.
How long have you been involved in the sport?
I have been involved for 25 years.
How long have you been a USDF member?
I have been a USDF member for 15 years.
What made you decide to participate in the USDF L Education Program?
I decided to participate in the L Education Program after peer pressure from friends, since I have a good eye.
How long did it take to complete the program, start to finish?
It took me 3 years.
Do you plan to further your dressage education and to continue to apply what you learned in the program to become a licensed official?
Not now, but I hope to one day.
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, and I try to schedule as many as I can. Typically, I judge schooling shows about 4 times per year.
What impact did the program have on your dressage knowledge?
The L Education Program taught me to have more empathy for the judges’ perspective.
Name three things you took away from the program that you think every rider should know:
Three things I learned from the program that all riders need is to learn the vocabulary, learn the process, and understand biomechanics at a deeper level.
Tell us about your horse(s).
I typically ride horses that are the underdog and make them shine. My string is constantly changing, and usually for the better. Currently I have a PRE, Off Track Thoroughbred, and Connemara that have great promise.