USDF Congratulates New L Education Program Graduates

For Immediate Release
Friday, December 16, 2016

Lexington, KY (December 16, 2016) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that thirteen USDF members successfully graduated from the USDF L Education Program (L Program) in 2016. This program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “r” Judges Training Program, to qualify individuals to judge schooling shows, and to give competitors, trainers, and instructors greater insight into the evaluative process of judging dressage. The program also serves to provide continuing education for licensed judges. The L Program is an excellent opportunity for all USDF members to learn how to improve their scores and improve their ability to view other rides from a judge's perspective, whether or not they plan on becoming licensed judges themselves. USDF L Program faculty are approved USEF Senior (“S”) dressage judges, who have experience in teaching judge-training programs.

USDF congratulates our 2016 graduates:

Region 1:
*Stephanie Burgess

Region 2:
* Megan Dischler
* Clara Etzel

Region 5:
Carole Haney

Region 6:
* Nicol Hinde
* Garyn Heidemann
* Lisa Weis

Region 7:
*Kalli Bowles
Mary Duffy
*Janelle Dunn
*Alexis Martin-Vegue
*Ruth Shirkey

Region 9:
*Kristin Currie

*Denotes those that graduated with distinction from the L Program. Those who pass with distinction are eligible to apply to enter the USEF recorded (‘r') judge program.

For more information about the USDF L Education Program, to access a list of USDF L graduates, for a calendar of USDF L Education Programs, or for details on hosting an L Education Program, visit or contact USDF at

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