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United States Dressage Federation NewsWire

22 September 2019

The latest headlines and articles from USDF.

USDF Announces New Certified Instructors

Source: USDF

Lexington, KY (December 10, 2018) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce and congratulate the newest USDF Certified Instructors, who completed their certification this fall:

Training – First Level:

  • Stephanie Field Staner (Potosi, WI)
  • Jane Fucinaro (Omaha, NE)
  • Shea Johnson (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Bobbi Lehman (Amado, AZ)

Second Level:

  • Carol Cunefare (Durango, CO)
  • Heidi Jo Hauri-Gill (Enfield, NH)
  • Laura Ashley Killian (Loxahatchee, FL)
  • Megan McIsaac (Oregon, WI)
  • Lisa Weis (Mesa, AZ)

USDF Education Department Manager Kathie Robertson acknowledged, "It is our pleasure to recognize these accomplished individuals and we are proud to have them as representatives of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program."

The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program is designed to set a standard of excellence in dressage training and instruction in the United States, and to educate dressage riders, instructors, and aspiring instructors.

USDF Statement on New USEF Freestyle Rule

Source: USDF

A new rule was recently approved by USEF regarding the prerequisite score to ride a freestyle, increasing the score from 60% to 63% at the highest test of the level (DR 129.9). This change goes into affect 12/1/2018 to coincide with the new test cycle.

Over the past few years, the USDF Freestyle and Judges Committees have been discussing the quality of freestyles and the technical proficiency that seemed to be missing in some freestyles. This has also been discussed at the annual convention for the past couple of years. In the spring of 2018, the USDF Freestyle Committee, with the support of the USDF Judges Committee, put forth a proposal to the USDF Executive Board to increase the prerequisite score to 63%. This was approved by the USDF Executive Board and was then forwarded on to the USEF Dressage Sport Committee as a proposed rule change. In the proposal that was reviewed by the USDF Executive Board, the committee indicated “the prerequisite score is meant to show proficiency at the declared level. The committee members agreed that the 60% prerequisite score no longer shows proficiency at the declared level and a prerequisite score of 63% would raise the overall quality of freestyle tests throughout the country.” It should also be noted that in 2005, a prerequisite score of 58% at the highest test of the level was added and in 2009 that score was increased to 60%.

Read the full statement here.


2019 Dressage Tests Available

Effective December 1, 2018 are the new National level dressage tests (USDF Introductory, and USEF National Levels: Training through Fourth Level). These tests will available as downloads on the USDF (Intoductory - currently not available) and USEF websites (Training through Fourth Level - login required), or they offer a Test Booklet for purchase here


USDF Proposes Dues Increase for GMO Membership


Lexington, KY - August 16, 2018

In an email USDF Senior Administration Coordinator Sarah Garn sent to all GMO Presidents, PM Delegates, and others, the USDF Executive Committee has announced they will be asking for a $4 increase to USDF GMO dues, effective for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (beginning December 1, 2019) at the upcoming Board of Governors meeting this fall at the USDF Convention in Salt Lake City. An excerpt from the letter from USDF President George Williams explains the proposed increase:

At the 2016 Board of Governors meeting, a Participating Membership dues increase was approved and went into effect December 1, 2017, for the 2018 membership year. We purposely held off on asking for an increase in the Group Member dues at that time. As a result, Group Member dues have remained unchanged since December 1, 2010.

To be clear, for the next USDF fiscal year 2019-2020, the proposed budget that the Executive Board is finalizing does include a Group Member dues increase of $4.00, from $20 to $24. This applies only to the individual/primary family member. The dues increase would become effective December 1, 2019, for the 2020 membership year; it will have been nine years since the last increase. The additional $4.00 works out to be an annual increase of just $.44.

Dues increases are voted on at the Board of Governors meeting.  WDCTA is requesting feedback from our Members on this dues increase. Please send your comments to either WDCTA President, your Chapter President, or one of our three Members at Large. Contacts for all Board members may be found here

Letter from USDF President, George Williams (PDF)

USDF Podcasts

USDF Podcast

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts?  USDF has an archive of official podcasts, including interviews with your favorite dressage stars! With over 140 podcasts in the library, you can download discussions and interviews for all your favorite topics!  Click here to access the official USDF Podcast site! 

USDF Adopts Safe Sport Policy

Source - USDF

The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, promoting the safety and welfare of horses and riders. The intent of the USDF Safe Sport Initiative is to provide information, resources, and a protocol so that all members of the equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a support structure to ensure a safe and positive environment for equestrians to develop their skills.

The USEF and USDF depends on the eyes and ears of its athletes, coaches, and designees to support its Safe Sport policies. It is requested that all who participate in equestrian sport become familiar with the content of the Safe Sport Policy Handbook and be mindful of its guidelines during training sessions and competitions.

Members of the equestrian community are also encouraged to complete the Safe Sport module to further their education in this area. This module is open to anyone and is free of charge.

For further information on the USDF Safe Sport Initiative, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on the USEF Safe Sport Policy, visit the USEF Website or contact a member of the Athlete Protection Team.


View Your Status for Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medals on

Have you been earning scores for your USDF bronze, silver, or gold medals and want to check your status for the awards? Check out the information now available on your summary page of

Download the New USDF App!

USDF has launched a new app, "USDF: Your Dressage Connection" for free download in the app stores. This app provides access to USDF media and publications, and features stream and social media components. In addition to the digital editions of USDF Connection, USDF Member Guide, and the Online Stallion Guide, this app will also feature new online-only content, as well as streaming and dynamic content connected through the USDF website and social media channels. USDF Group Members will have full access to all content and features of the app, with the exception of retail titles. This is just another way that USDF is "Your Connection to the American Dressage Community." Take advantage of this new member benefit today!