USDF Congratulates New “L” Program Graduates

For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 13, 2012

          Lexington, KY (December 13, 2012) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that 58 USDF members successfully completed the USDF "L" Education Program in 2012.
          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 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 from United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) licensed judges, in order 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 all approved USEF Senior ("S") dressage judges, who also have experience in teaching judge-training programs.
          USDF congratulates the following new graduates of the USDF "L" Education Program:

Region 1:
 *Lauren Annett, PA
   Breann DePietro, PA
   Jennifer Dipple Flowers, NC
 *Mindy Elgart, NJ
 *Erin, Laurent, NJ
   Kathy Mastragostino, NJ
   Diane Rodich, NJ
  *Angela Voss, MD

Region 2:
*Sophie Bayer, KY
  Karla Forrer, OH
  Christina Gemmel-Gnidovec, OH
*Jennifer Grant, OH
*Lydia Gray, IL
*Patricia Harper, OH
*Jennifer Hogan, TN
  Catherine Jacob, OH
*Stephanie Likens, MI
*Laura Ovaitt, KY
*Jennifer Truett, OH
  Shari Wolke, MI

Region 3:
  Jessica Bryant Souther, GA
  Kathryn Butt, SC
*Kim Gentry, TN
*Melody Jackson, GA
*Katie Poag, SC
*Gwen Poulin, FL

Region 4:
*Marie Maloney, KS
*Alison Sader Larson, MN

Region 5:
*Julie, Haugen, CO

Region 6:
*Sabine Ense, OR
  Tracy Erway, OR
  Carrie Gregory, WA
  Holly Griswold, OR
*Andrea Lucianna, WA
*Tija Schmiesing, WA
*Stephanie Soule, CO
*Danica Yates, OR

Region 7:
*Erin Blazick, CA
*Martina Bone, CA
  Karin Caves, CA
*Nicole Chastain Price, CA
*Alexandra Kermeen, CA
*Bonnie Walker, CA

Region 8:
  Paula Foote, ME
  Tara Manion, CT
  Laura Mitchell, ME
*Andrea Pappano, CT
  Lisa Pierson, NY
*Sara Stubbs, MA
  Jane Tremlett, ME
*Bryn Walsh, ME
  Judi Whipple, VT

Region 9:
*Jana Armstrong, OK
  Carolyn Hoekstra, OK
  Taylor Rowsey, TX
*Amy Talley, TX

*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" Program, to contact a USDF "L" graduate, for a calendar of USDF "L" Education Programs, or for details on hosting an "L" Program, visit or contact USDF at (859) 971-2277 or by e-mail at  

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