USDF Educational Programs & Events
USDF "L" Education Program
- Part 1
Hosted by NODA & USDF Approved
Pre-Registration Required to Audit
Oct 26/27, 2019
Session C: Collective Marks, Basics, Rider Biomechanics
USDF Instructor, Sue Curry Shaffer
(USEF "S" Judge)
Auditor Slots Available
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,
January 5, 2019
USEF 2019 Dressage Tests Symposium
with Margaret Freeman "S" Judge
Hosted by NODA at
Lake Erie College Equestrian Center, Concord Ohio
USDF University Accredited Course
It was a terrific day of information and fun with Margaret Freeman,
learning about the new USDF/USEF tests for 2019. We were at
capacity with over 80 attendees. The breakfast and lunch
food provided by Lake Erie College's food service was delicious!
Thank you to our sponsors, The Dressage Foundation, USDF, Lake Erie
College Equestrian Center & Big Dee'sTack & Veterinary Supplies. We were
at capacity with over 80 attendees. Thank you to our
Education Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Scalabrino and Linda McGall, who did a
great organizing this event. We also appreciate all the
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Did you go to the
NODA's Scribing Night Out on June 29, 2018?
What a fun night filled with
learning, laughter, and good food. With the very hot temperatures, it was a pleasure to be indoors with air
conditioning! Over 25
people signed up for a "Scribe Clinic" last evening with host and
lecturer, Barb Soukup, USDF
"L" Graduate with Distinction and NODA President. This popular
clinic was very informative for those who wanted to learn how to scribe or enhance their
scribing skills. New scribes learned the basics and more
seasoned scribes received a refresher course.
Thank you Barb Soukup for sharing your knowledge and experience, and to
Co-Chairs, Linda McGall and Elizabeth Scalabrino, for organizing the
All participants received a copy of Barb's presentation which included a
Dressage Terms Abbreviations. Participants practiced scribing for
several tests, had
scribing questions answered, and enjoyed shared scribing experiences at
USDF University Program
provides recognition for USDF
members who strive to continue their dressage education through their
participation in USDF educational programs. It also provides an
accreditation structure for independently-organized events, allowing
members to earn USDF credit for participating in accredited programs
conducted by GMOs and other groups. For guidelines and other important
documents, see our
forms & documents page. Each year, during its annual convention,
USDF Offers educational sessions for dessage professionals and
enthusiasts of all levels. USDF accepts proposals for suggested topics.
Topics must be submittted to the USDF office by February 1st on the
appropriate form (PDF)
Ride-a-Test Clinic with Danielle Menteer (L)
View Clinic Photos
Sponsored by NODA Clinic Location:
Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
"What an excellent clinic!" "Really learned a lot!"
"Very Helpful, Thank You!" "Would do this again!"
These are just a few of the comments expressed by the clinic
Thank you to the clinic participants, volunteers, our clinician,
Danielle Menteer. and Chagrin Valley Farms!
Junior/Young Rider Tune-up Clinic
View Clinic Photos
Sponsored by NODA Clinic Location: Lake
Erie College Equestrian Center
This was a popular clinic offered FREE to NODA
Juniors and Young Riders competing in the
May 21 NODA Schooling Show at Lake Erie College Equestrian Center.
All available time slots were filled.
Thank you participants and volunteers, and special thanks to NODA
Janeen Langowski-Grava, for sharing your time and coaching skills with
these talented NODA members.
March 25, 2017 Dressage Clinic &
March 26. 2017 Ride a Test with
Clinician & Judge Sue Hughes
Presented by NODA at Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
We had an amazing turnout of riders,
auditors, and volunteers this weekend. Everyone learned a lot, had
fun, and got excitied to get back into the show ring.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped the weekend run smoothly:
Elizabeth Bodnovich, Danielle Bolm, Gale Browning, Lynn Fry, Kathy
Kirchner, Dee Liebenthal, Lesley Matt, Gwendolyn Samuels, Diana Shale,
Jana Tuckerman, Lara Young and Deb Winkler. Thank you to
Chagrin Valley Farms for the use of their facility.
Special thanks to Halle Clause, NODA Western Liaison and
Marcia Doyle, NODA Education Chair, Sally Burton,
Schooling Shows Chair, for all their hard work organizing this weekend!
And our sincere appreciation to clinician and judge, Sue Hughes,
for a wonderful two days of education and inspiration
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