USDF Congratulates New “L” Program Graduates

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

          Lexington, KY (January 19, 2011) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that 31 USDF members successfully completed the USDF "L" Education Program between July and December, 2010.
          The USDF "L" Education Program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the United States Equestrian Federation "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 United States Equestrian Federation "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:
Hilary Moore, MD
Carolyn West, NC

Region 2:
*Paula Briney, IL
Tricia Joaquin, WI

Douglas Puterbaugh, MI
Linda Sorenson, WI
Stephanie Van de Ven, MI
Michelle Sieracki, WI
Caryn Vesperman, WI
*Erin McElmurry, MI
*Amy Walker-Basak, IL

Region 3:
Kathryn Bauman, TN
Kelly Eaton, GA
Dana Ferguson, GA
Kathleen Betzel, SC
*Keli Gambrill, GA
*Christine Pritchard, GA

Region 5:
Marlo Vivenzio, UT
Julie Haugen, CO
Stephanie Brown-Beamer, UT
Stacy Williams, UT
*Trisha Kerwin, UT

Region 6:
*Jane Judson, WA
*Mary Brown, ID

Region 7:
Rebecca Armstrong, CA
Wendy Rhea, CA
Sarah Silva, NV
Gayle Smith, CA

Region 8:
*Deborah Moynihan, CT

Region 10:
* Kristen Skinner-Boyd, ON, Canada

*Denotes those that graduated with distinction from the "L" Program.

          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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