Meet the L Graduate – Tegan Kossowicz

Photo by Terri Miller

Tegan Kossowicz is an L Graduate with distinction, a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, and a music attorney from Los Angeles, CA who has trained two KWPN mares from Training Level to the FEI Levels.  

How long have you been involved in the sport? 

I started riding and competing in hunt seat equitation as a child at Watchung Stables in New Jersey, which continued into college, where I led Smith College’s varsity equestrian team as captain.  In the early 1990’s, I moved to Los Angeles for law school, started dabbling in dressage, and never looked back! 

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

I signed up for the L Education Program to get a better insight into what judges were looking for and to become a better dressage competitor.  The quality of education exceeded my expectations and, in retrospect, I wish I had taken the program sooner.

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 am hoping to continue my judge education.  The USEF “r” training program, into which I was accepted, was cancelled last year due to Covid and rescheduled for 2021.

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 approximately 5-10 schooling shows a year.

What impact did the program have on your dressage knowledge? 

The program introduced me to many L Education Program instructors and talented fellow participants from various parts of the country that I would not have met otherwise.  Many of these contacts continue to be a great resource when judging and/or training questions arise.

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

1:  Riders should review the dressage section of USEF’s Rulebook regularly to stay up to date on changes; 2:  Riders should know the purpose of each level in which they are competing; and 3:  Riders should know exactly what each dressage score means (e.g., 4 = Insufficient; 5 = Marginal; 6 = Satisfactory; 7 = Fairly Good; etc.) 

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. 

In 2020, I was elected USDF PM Delegate for Region 7.  I’ve also served as Secretary and board member of the Dressage Association of Southern California GMO, helping to organize and run their championship show.  Additionally, I’ve volunteered as a scribe for many big shows and CDIs during the past few decades.  

Tell us about your horse(s). 

My current partner is a 2008 KWPN black mare named Dujelinda M (Westpoint x Contango) who I bought as a 3-year-old in The Netherlands.  Conrad Schumacher, Christine Traurig, Steffen Peters, Jan Ebeling, and Mette Rosencrantz are among our favorite clinicians. We are competing at the Grand Prix level.

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