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UPDATED  01/12/2017

The Oct 26 & 27 USDF Instructors Certification Program Workshop #3
hosted by NODA and LEC is now successfully concluded.  
Everyone enjoyed this workshop in spite of the colder than usual temperatures! 

On behalf of my co-chair and myself, I would like to thank USDF Certified Instructor and Faculty member, Vicki Hammers-O’Neil, for a successful and educational workshop weekend. The Instructor/Trainer Workshop on Teaching was the third and final of the USDF series which NODA has presented in preparation for the testing and certification processes.   We appreciate the financial support which we received from The Dressage Foundation. The workshops are an expensive endeavor and they have helped us greatly in our quest to bring valuable educational programs to our area. To find out more about the many available grants, or to make a donation, please visit their website www.dressagefoundation.org.

We wish to thank our Participating Instructors: Elizabeth Biddick, Christina Cardenas, Marty Costello, Janeen Grava, Anne McClintock, Julie McElhaney, Michelle Tyner and Regina Sacha-Ujczo, who were required to teach unfamiliar horses and riders each day.  We appreciate their participation in the workshops, and are especially proud of those who have completed all three workshops.    Thank you DEMO Riders:  Katie Arbogast, Karen Chandell, Linda Cooley, Lauren Hunter, Krystal MacDowell, Shannon O’Hara, Gayle Rusk, Melanie Sudetic and Evelyn Tyner; LEC demo riders: Megan Smith, Kailey Bast, Amy Funck and Bonnie Payson. These demo riders stepped up to the challenge without hesitation, several of them riding horses they had never seen before. Without their generosity of time and talent, the workshop would not have been possible.
  A special thank you to all the Auditors who huddled on the bleachers in the cold arena each day.  We appreciate your support and the feedback you have provided.  

Thank you to Barb Soukup, who has been our scribe at each workshop, recording remarks for the workshop leader each day. We cannot thank her enough for her dedication to the workshop series. Thank you to Dee Liebenthal for her photography skills and for taking care of unlimited errands.    A sincere thank you to Courtney Newby and Dr. Pam Hess of Lake Erie College for their collaboration on a successful program. Courtney was on hand throughout the weekend for any assistance that was needed.    Thank you to Ron Lukehart of Metz Culinary Management for providing a delicious lunch each afternoon.  

As organizers we have gained valuable insight into the workings of the USDF Trainer/Instructor workshops, which we will use to improve our future programs. Our goal continues to be the spread of responsible and compassionate riding and training for the welfare and betterment of the horse.   
Happy riding!
Berni Moauro and Marcia Doyle, NODA Education Committee Co-Chairs


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to all the Participating Instructors (PIs), demo riders, volunteers, auditors, and LEC college and staff    A sincere and special thank you to our "dynamic duo" Education Co-Chairs, Marcia Doyle and Berni Moauro, for coordinating and organizing the numerous tasks and details required to conduct three very successful instructor certification workshops this year.   Everyone enjoyed meeting and working with USDF faculty member, Vicki Hammers-O'Neil.  Thank you to Vicki, the USDF and The Dressage Foundation for their support of this excellent educational event and opportunity!    
Sincerely,
Dee Liebenthal, NODA President
 
                                                                                        
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Instructor/Trainer Certification Program

Co-Hosts     

Workshop #3  Teaching
October 26 & 27, 2013

with USEF Certified Instructor & Faculty Member, Vickie Hammers O'Neil
Workshop Schedule        

Friday Lecture    6 - 7:30 pm                Saturday 4:30 to 6 pm
Open to Participating Instructors Demo Riders, registered Auditors, Volunteers

  

The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program is designed to educate amateurs and professionals who wish to further their education in the classical system of dressage.   Workshop instructor, Vicki Hammers O'Neil, is a USDF Certified Instructor for Training through Fourth Levels and an active member of the USDF Instructor Certification Faculty, as well as a USPC National Examiner. A dressage trainer and instructor for over 25 years, Vicki is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, and has won numerous local and regional awards. Teaching both adult and youth riders has always been part of Vicki’s life, from coaching Adult Amateurs at shows to training advanced young riders, as well as organizing and teaching summer camps. Vicki currently trains out of Sperry View Farm in Bethany, Connecticut. Vicki has had several articles published in both Dressage Today and the USDF Connection, as well as being a contributor to the USDF Instructor Education Manuals. For the past seven years she has been the Youth Education Coordinator and chef d’equipe for the CDA Youth Teams who have competed successfully at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival. Vicki’s positive teaching style makes her a popular clinician, writer, lecturer, adult camp instructor, and trainer.
 

Instructor/Trainer Certification Program

Co-Hosts     


Workshop Auditors Welcome ~ Pre-registration Required

  

April 27 & 28 Workshop #1 Longeing
with Sarah Martin

 Workshop Location:   LEC Equestrian Center

August 2. 3 & 4 Workshop #2
Riding
with
Bailey Cook


Workshop Location:
Topline Stables
October 26 & 27   Workshop #3 
Teaching
with Vickie
Hammers O'Neil

 
Workshop Location:   LEC Equestrian Center

NODA would like to thank The Dressage Foundation for their support of this education program.   Visit www.DressageFoundation.org for information about TDF grants, funding, and donations.

The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program is designed to educate amateurs and professionals who wish to further their education in the classical system of dressage. USDF offers Instructor Certification for dressage instructors who meet specified proficiency standards.  These workshops are suitable for professionals seeking certification, and amateurs seeking classical dressage knowledge.   Apart from acquiring more theoretical knowledge and improving their practical skills, participants may also gain more understanding of whether or not their current level of expertise approaches the standard needed to become a USDF Certified Instructor.

There are three workshops offered: Lungeing, Riding/Training, and Teaching.  Workshops are taught by USDF Faculty and Examiners, all of whom are highly respected and accomplished in the dressage community.

LUNGEING: to teach and review correct lungeing principles and techniques for training the horse and rider.

RIDING:
to review and apply the classical methods of schooling the dressage horse, and to provide an opportunity for participants to improve their practical riding skills, their ability to assess the horse's training, and their knowledge of how to relate the concepts of the Pyramid of Training in practical training sessions.

TEACHING: to review and develop effective teaching skills that will enable the participants to become more competent instructors. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to improve their ability to assess students, and expand the participants’ knowledge of how to relate the concepts of the Pyramid of Training to the practice of teaching. The participants will be evaluated on their presentations of private lessons.

Special Notes:   Each workshop will have 8 openings for participant instructors and participant instructors may be Amateurs OR Professionals.   Auditors are welcome and encouraged to attend.   


Professional Grant Available up to $200

Available to NODA "Professional" Members participating in the
2013 USDF Instructor/Trainer Workshops sponsored by NODA
One grant awarded per workshop

Only Two Requirements to Apply for a Professional Grant
o   NODA Membership
o   “Professional” designation as defined by 2013 USEF Rules
 

Grant Application Letter must Include:
o   WHY you should receive the grant for the Instructor/Trainer Workshop
o   HOW you have been active in NODA and for how long
o   HOW you will help other members gain from your experience
     (lecture, clinic, or article).
Mail Application Letter to:  
NODA Board  c/o Mary Dana Prescott
Cloverfield Farm; 9445 Metcalf Rd; Willoughby, OH  44094

Questions?
Call Mary Dana at 440-256-8858

Questions on the scheduled workshops?    Contact Marcia Doyle at 330-562-8456 or Marcia-Edu@nodarider.org or Berni Moauro at 330-467-0619 or Berni-Edu@nodarider.org

Questions on the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program?  
Contact the USDF Instructor Trainer Program Liaison   at (859) 971-2277 or instructorcertification@usdf.org

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  August 2-4, 2013   USDF Instructor Certification Workshop #2   Riding
Co-Hosted by NODA &
Topline Stables at Walden

On behalf of my co-chair and myself, I would like to thank USDF Certified Instructor and Faculty member, Bailey Cook, for her instruction, guidance and advice during the NODA Instructor/Trainer Workshop #2-Riding, which was held the first weekend of August at Topline Stales. Bailey gave insights into the testing process, homework questions, and put the Participating Instructor’s (PI's) on the spot to vocalize their training plan and reasons behind them.

Thank you to our Participating Instructors: Mary Armstrong, Christina Cardenas, Meghan Kelley, Janeen Langowski-Grava, Anne McClintock, Julie McElhaney, Regina Sacha-Ujczo and Carly Trimble.   Christina and her groom, Lauren, traveled from Kentucky as a last minute replacement. Thank you Christina!

Special thanks to Janeen Langowski-Grava who was the hostess as well as a PI.  We appreciate the use of her beautiful facility, Topline Stables, and the extra work she did each day to accommodate us. Continuing appreciation and gratitude to Barb Soukup who has been our scribe for the workshop series. Her integrity as well as judge’s perspective have been an asset to our program.  Thank you to our Volunteers:  Lauren Hunter, Kathy Kirchner, Dee Liebenthal, and Patti Valencic. They were on hand throughout the weekend for any help that was needed.

The expectations and complexities of the certification process become more clear to all of us as we progress thru each workshop. As riders/trainers who rely on intuition and feel, the PI’s were put in the hot seat and asked to verbalize their feelings and training plan. Kudos to them for putting themselves out there, in front of auditors and peers, as “pioneers” of the certification program in our community. The Instructor/Trainer Workshops are beneficial to all riders, giving us tools to become “thinking” riders and trainers.   We encourage everyone from professional to junior to attend the next workshop on “Training”.  It will be held at Lake Erie College Equestrian Learning Center on October 26 and 27.

Thank you!
Berni Moauro and Marcia Doyle, NODA Education Committee Co-Chairs

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April 27 & 28 Workshop #1 Longeing with Sarah Martin
Co-Hosted by NODA & Lake Erie College

On behalf of my co-chair and myself, I would like to thank USDF Certified Instructor and Faculty member Sarah Martin for an outstanding workshop weekend.  The Instructor/Trainer Workshop on Lungeing was the first of three that NODA will host. Sarah taught so much more than lungeing basics. Her enthusiasm and passion for good horsemanship was contagious, leaving smiles on the faces of auditors and Participating Instructors despite the chilly conditions of sitting all day in an indoor arena.

I would like to thank our Participating Instructors: Elizabeth Biddick, Janeen Grava, Sarah Hall, Meghan Kelly, Anne McClintock, Julie McElhaney and Regina Sacha. Special thanks to Regina for stepping up at the last minute when Mary Armstrong was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Our best wishes to Mary for a speedy recovery.

The Participating Instructors (PI) brought skill and experience, as well as a good mix of horses. From Arab to Gypsy Vanner, the lunge horses displayed an excellent mix of size, temperament and level of training, providing much opportunity for learning to the auditors and PIs. The PIs were challenged to showcase their teaching/training abilities, as well as to articulate their ideas to the auditors. They did a wonderful job!

Thank you to my own horse, Wyeth, for demonstrating each of the negative reactions that a horse may have when challenging a training request.   Thank you to our Volunteers, the backbone of any educational endeavor: Barb Soukup, Dee Liebenthal, Mosie Welch, Mary Lou Gallagher, Helen Hutchison, Ashley Rand, Jeni Gaffney, Jennifer Kick and Ken Moauro.  Many thanks to Dr. Pam Hess and Nicole Van Dyke for their collaboration on a successful program.  Once again they were on hand throughout the weekend for any assistance that was needed.  Thank you to Ron Lukehart and the staff of Metz Culinary Management for providing a delicious lunch each afternoon.

We appreciate the continued support of The Paddock Saddlery and Lisa Gorretta, who enabled us to raffle off a beautiful lunge whip on Saturday afternoon. Gail Patton was the lucky winner.

Please watch for forthcoming information on the next two workshops. Thank you!

Berni Moauro and Marcia Doyle
NODA Education Committee Co-Chairs
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February 23, 2013 USEF 2013 NEW DRESSAGE "RIDER" TESTS SYMPOSIUM
               with Jayne Ayers, FEI "I" Judge at LEC Equestrian Cente
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From Berni Moauro, Education Co-Chair
On behalf of NODA and Lake Erie College, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for the following demo riders who participated in our 2013 USEF Dressage Rider Test Symposium.  
     Training Level:    Sydney Koenig and Melanie Richards
     First Level:          Anne McClintock, Jacqueline Linden, Sue Hines and Kailey Blast|
     Second Level:     Michelle Lackey, Lauren Hunter and Julie McElhany

These brave riders had the daunting task of riding brand new tests in front of a crowd and having their “scores” and comments read aloud. On a chilly afternoon in February no less. These very capable riders demonstrated the patterns of the new tests as well as the purpose and directives. A successful dressage rider requires not only good posture and equitation, but must be effective as well. Thank you to all and to their horses.

Special thanks to Jayne Ayers, our lecturer and judge, and to Lisa Gorretta who gave valuable insight on the inception and thought process behind the new rider tests.   Many thanks to Dr. Pam Hess and Nicole Van Dyke for their collaboration on a successful program. In addition to providing the facility, they were on hand to assist with everything from audio-visual aids to microphone batteries.   

Thank you to Kathy Kirchner who manned the registration desk and served as scribe for the demo rides. Thank you to my co-chair, Marcia Doyle, and to NODA president Dee Liebenthal for their organizational assistance throughout the day and for manning the refreshment table.   Thank you to my husband, Ken, for his continued support of my horse habit, running errands and making lunch. KUDOS to the other two gentlemen who audited. Face it fellas', if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.  

No program is a success without participation. Thank you to the upwards of 75 auditors who attended, participated, and asked questions. I hope that this symposium led to a more clear understanding of the new Dressage Rider tests.

From Dee Liebenthal, NODA President
What a fabulous turnout of auditors for the NODA/LEC Symposium on the new USEF Rider Tests.  Thank you to Jayne Ayers, Lake Erie College, and all our wonderful demo riders, volunteers and auditors!!!   We couldn't have asked for more. It was a good day!!!!

                                      Auditor Feedback:  Great clinic!  Nice Job!  Informative!  Thanks NODA!

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February 23, 2013 USEF 2013 NEW DRESSAGE "RIDER" TESTS SYMPOSIUM    
with Jayne Ayers, FEI "I" Judge at LEC Equestrian Center

USDF University Accredited, USDF Course No. 102203   Maximum of 1 credit 

Learn More About Jayne Ayers

These NEW tests IN ADDITION to the regular dressage tests currently in effect at USEF/USDF Recognized Dressage Shows.   They are designed to evaluate the proficiency of the rider relative to the requirements of the given level, without giving extra credit for the horse’s gaits, impulsion and submission.    Currently only Training, First and Second Rider Tests are offered.  They are not a requirement to progress through the levels, rather they are intended to help riders measure their progress.  Our February 23 Symposium with Jayne Ayers will introduce and review the new 2013 USEF  "Rider" Dressage Tests.

New ‘Rider Tests’ to Become Effective December 1, 2012
(2013 Competition Year)

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the new Dressage Rider Tests Program for the 2013 competition year. Designed and drafted by a joint working group from the USEF Dressage Committee joined and by appointees from the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), these tests are available for use by riders at Training, First and Seconds Levels. While these tests nor their subsequent scores are a requirement to progress through the levels, they are intended to help riders measure their progress.

The new tests are designed to evaluate the proficiency of the rider relative to the requirements of the given level, without giving extra credit for the horse’s gaits, impulsion and submission. Riders will receive constructive evaluations that they can put to use in improving their abilities as a rider. The principles of correct application of the aids, correct riding biomechanics and the accurate geometry of the figures are accessed through 5 scores evaluating rider’s position, correct and effective use of aids, horse’s response and performance, accuracy of the exercises and harmony between rider and horse plus written commentary.

USEF Training Level Rider Test
The purpose of the rider test at Training Level is to ensure that the rider has mastered the fundamentals of riding. The test states its purpose as:  To confirm that the rider sits in the correct posture and alignment and shows correct mechanics in walk, rising trot and canter. The seat is sufficiently independent for the rider to maintain a steady, elastic rein contact and encourage the horse to stretch into that contact. The horse is ridden actively forward showing impulsion and balance required for the level, bends equally to the left and right sides on turns and circles, and makes smooth, willing transitions.

USEF First Level Rider Test
In the First Level test riders are asked to continue to demonstrate the requirements of the Training Level in addition to showing increased balance and effectiveness of aids while performing more intricate movements. The test states its purpose as:  To confirm that the rider, in addition to the requirements of training level, shows correct alignment, posture and mechanics in sitting trot, including maintaining a steady, elastic rein contact. In turns on forehand and leg yields the rider remains centered and the horse responds willingly to the aids. The transitions are ridden in a better balance and with more throughness than at training level. In response to the correct application of the rider’s aids, the horse moves actively forward showing a consistent tempo and correct rhythm in each gait, shows appropriate bending, lengthens and shortens the stride in trot and responds willingly to both longitudinal and lateral aids.

USEF Second Level Rider Test – Please note that this test is done at the sitting trot. The ‘Directive Ideas’ in Movement 3 has been updated to reflect this requirement.  The aim of the rider test at Second Level is that the rider can demonstrate consistency in all gaits and lateral work while showing enhanced skill from First Level. The test states its purpose as: To confirm that the rider, having achieved the requirements of first level, is able to ride the horse reliably on the bit with an uphill tendency. The rider lengthens and shortens the horse’s stride in trot and canter while maintaining correct alignment, posture and mechanics. In lateral movements the rider stays centered and demonstrates an appropriate angle and bending of the horse. As a result of the correct application of the rider’s aids, the horse shows a greater degree of straightness, bending, suppleness, throughness, balance and self-carriage than at first level.

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