USDF Congratulates New "L" Program Graduates

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 4, 2008

          Lexington, KY (January 4, 2008) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that 36 USDF members successfully completed the USDF "L" Education Program between July and November 2007.
          The USDF "L" Education 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 techniques 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 from licensed judges in order to improve their scores and view other rides from a judge's perspective, whether or not they plan on becoming licensed judges themselves.  "L" Programs are conducted by a faculty of USDF-approved USEF "S"-licensed dressage judges who have experience in teaching judge-training programs.

USDF congratulates the following new graduates of the USDF "L" Education Program:
Region 1:
Sherree Cushner, NJ
Aviva Nebesky, MD
Sandy Johnson, VA

Region 2:
Colleen Haveman, MI
Cheryl Mangasarian, IL
Laura Rosecrance, WI
Victoria Hollis, IL
Megan Kersten, WI
Anne Neville, IL
Gitza Peterson, IL

Region 3:
Greta Pell, GA

Region 4:
Anna Katz, IA

Region 5:
Amy Fulstone, CO

Region 6:
Paige Ruhl, WA
Kim Barker, OR
Andrea Parker, WA
Jordan Banks, WA
Sally Sovey, OR

Region 7:
Jennifer Coyne Wilhite, CA
Lehua Custer, CA
Michele Dodge, CA
Susan Garmier, CA
Anita Nardine, CA
Joan Williams, CA
Louise Caccese, CA
Linda Betts, CA
Katrina Christy, CA
Jaki Hardy, CA
Ivetta Harte, CA
Douglas Puterbaugh, CA
Alyssa Pitts, CA
Tracey Hill, CA

Region 9:
Barbie Piccinni, TX
Lyn Francik, OK
Carol Schmickrath, TX
Lori Snider, TX

         For more information about the USDF "L" Program, to contact a USDF "L" graduate, for a calendar of USDF "L" education programs, or for details on hosting an "L" Program education session, visit or contact USDF at (859) 971-2277 or by e-mail at

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