USDF "L" Education Program
- Part 1
Hosted by NODA & USDF Approved
May 18/19, Aug 17/18, Oct 26/27
Oct 26/27, 2019
Session C: Collective Marks, Basics, Rider Biomechanics
USDF Instructor, Sue Curry Shaffer
(USEF "S" Judge)
Hosted by NODA at Topline Stables, Aurora OH (USDF #103126)
Aug 17/18, 2019
Session B: Gaits, paces, Movements, Figures
USDF Instructor, Trenna Atkins (USEF "S"
Hosted by NODA in Hudson, OH (USDF #103125)
Session A: Rules & Biomechanics
USDF Instructor, Marilyn Heath (USEF "S"
Hosted by NODA at Blue Ridge Farm, North Ridgeville (USDF #103124)
is the USDF L Education Program?
Developed by the USDF Judges’ Committee, this educational training program teaches
judges to evaluate the correct training of dressage horses.
It is designed with several goals in mind:
Provide trainers, instructors, competitors and spectators' insight into
the evaluative techniques of judging dressage.
Prepare and evaluate candidates who wish to pursue entry into the USEF
'r' Judge Training Program.
Provide continuing education for licensed judges and L graduates.
This educational training program features selected faculty of
experienced, United States Equestrian Federation recognized “S” judges.
The USDF L Program is divided into two
(2) parts. Each part consists of three (3) sessions.
1 “A Judge’s Perspective” is open to all USDF Members;
this is the educational foundation of the program.
is an introduction to judging and biomechanics.
is about judging criteria for gaits & paces, movements & figures.
collective marks, equitation, rider biomechanics and basics.
Part 2 “Candidate’s Evaluation” is open to Participating
Members with three verified scores from
USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions. The scores requirement consists of
two scores of 65% or higher at the highest test of Second Level and one
score of 62% or higher at Third Level or above. Three scores of 62% or
higher at Third Level or above from three different judges or any
combination of these requirements would also meet the requirements (see
Participant Guide for more information). Part 2 is geared
towards those who are interested in graduating from the program to
officiate at schooling shows or who plan to apply for the USEF ‘r’ Judge
involves practice judging full tests in each of the levels at a
is similar to the D1 Session but with more emphasis on the testing
situation and prepares candidates
for the final exam.
is comprised of both a written and practical exam. The written exam is
all True/False and multiple choice,
while the practical exam is a combination of judging full tests and some
oral judging as well.
The feasibility of NODA offering Part 2 will be evaluated in the next
PART 1 USDF L Program - NODA Contacts
Organizer: Jeni Gaffney,
Application Forms & Payment: Dee Liebenthal,