Sights from the USDF L Education Program

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On September 24-25, these L Candidates completed their final exam with the New England Dressage Association (NEDA).

The USDF L Education Program offers a comprehensive curriculum created to teach participants and auditors how to evaluate dressage performance at Training through Second Level. It is not just for those who want to become licensed dressage judges. The program’s intent is to give competitors, trainers, and instructors a broader insight into the evaluative techniques of judging dressage, qualify individuals to officiate at schooling shows, serve as continuing education for licensed judges, and to serve as a prerequisite for entering into the USEF/USDF ‘r’ Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.

Here are some sights from the 2022 L Education Program, as candidates participated in sessions and final exams across the country.  Over 700 USDF members attended L Program Sessions in 2022.

Kicking things off, on May 14-15, STRIDE hosted a final exam in Conyers, GA.  Our special thanks to Judy Downer and her amazing volunteers, and to Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern.  Our congratulations to the following candidates who graduated during this final exam: *Amberly Foster (FL), *Samantha Martinson (MD), *Shera Soloman (MD), Lucille Sullivan (NC), Carol Thomas (VA), and Lela Wulf (SC). *Denotes those who have graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program and may be eligible to enter the USEF/ USDF ‘r’ Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.


Congrats to these L Candidates for completing their final exam from August 13-14. This group participated in the Ohio Dressage Society L Education Program Final exam, and the organizer was Chriss Gemmel-Gnidovec.  Our congratulations to the following candidates who graduated during this final exam: Liana Antanovich (WA), Trisha DeRosa (FL), Madeline Erce (WI), *Elizabeth Gagliardi (IN), Eileen Keller (NJ), *Ashley Maul (OH), Beth McCullough (OH), Cody Moore (NY), and *Michael Peters (IL).  *Denotes those who have graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program and may be eligible to enter the USEF/ USDF ‘r’ Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.


These photos give you a glimpse behind the scenes at the Lehigh Valley Dressage Association/Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association D2 session held in Saugerties, New York on August 20 and 21.


Candidates completed their final exam in early September at the Lower Puget Sound Dressage Club L Program. Many thanks to our examiners Dorie VLatten Schmitz and Lisa Schmidt, instructors Joan Darnell and Jayne Ayers, and our venues Devonwood and Whidbey Equestrian Center.  Thanks to the organizer Jo Renn.  Our congratulations to the following candidates who graduated during this final exam: Kimberly Barber (WA), Shana Blum (WA), *Tabitha Hopp (WA), Jessy Olson (WA), Helena Rouhe (ID), Jill Seely (WA), *Sarah Silva (NV), Renae Talton (MT), Julia Wolffe (OR), and Kenton Wright (OR). *Denotes those who have graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program and may be eligible to enter the USEF/ USDF ‘r’ Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.  Read more here.


On September 24-25, these L Candidates completed their final exam with the New England Dressage Association (NEDA). Many thanks to our examiners Lois Yukins and Debbie Rodriquez, as well as organizer Karry Brothers and her expert team of volunteers, including star volunteer Christy Lemoine. Also, a huge thank you to Debra Reinhardt and HITS Horse Shows for their continued support of Judge Training!  Our congratulations to the following candidates who graduated during this final exam: *Madeleine Austin (VT), *Matthew Beasley (CT), Carly Collari (MA), Joy Congdon (VT), Casondra Dillon (ME), Abigail Laukka Hardy (ME), Amy Libby (ME), Cathy Liston (ME), Paula Oliver (PA), and *Stephen Ruggiero (CT). *Denotes those who have graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program and may be eligible to enter the USEF/ USDF ‘r’ Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.  Read more here.


On October 7-8, these L Candidates completed their final exam with Lehigh Valley Dressage Association (LVDA)/Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (ESDCTA) in Lexington, VA.  Our thanks go out to the following for their support of Judge Training: Chris Dickenson for organizing the event, show manager Dianne Boyd, show secretary Bettina Longaker, and volunteers Victoria Pinette Shilton, Amy Dudley, Christy Pellegrino, and Hillary Horton.  “For me, it was a dream team,” shared Chris Dickenson afterward. Our congratulations to the following candidates who graduated during this final exam: *Eliza Banks (NJ), Nina Catanzarite (PA), *Nicole DelGiorno (NJ), Lisa Hall (PA), *Cara Klothe (PA), Maggie O’Leary (NJ), and *Heather Salden Kurtz (MN).*Denotes those who have graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program and may be eligible to enter the USEF/ USDF ‘r’ Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.  Read more here.

Thank you to all of these USDF Group Member Organizations (GMOs), examiners, organizers, volunteers, and show staff that make these opportunities possible and for their support of Judge Training.

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