Northern Ohio Dressage Association

L Education Program

The schedule for Part 2 of the L Program is TBD - stay tuned.

In 2019, NODA hosted Part 1 of the L Education program.  Part 1 of this program provided members the unique opportunity to learn the specifics of what judges are looking at when evaluating dressage riders. 

The L Education Program is designed with several goals in mind:

1- Provide trainers, instructors, competitors and spectators' insight into the evaluative techniques of judging dressage

2 - Prepare and evaluate candidates who wish to pursue entry into the USEF 'r' Judge Training Program

3 - Provide continuing education for licensed judges and L graduates.

This educational training program features selected faculty of experienced, United States Equestrian Federation recognized “S” judges.

The Program is divided into two parts; each part is made up of three sessions:

Part 1- “A Judge’s Perspective” is open to all USDF Members; this is the educational foundation of the program.

  • Session A is an introduction to judging and biomechanics. View Video
  • Session B is about judging criteria for gaits & paces, movements & figures. View Video
  • Session C is about collective marks, equitation, rider biomechanics and basics

Part 2- “Candidate’s Evaluation” is open to Participating Members with three verified scores from USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions. The requirement consists of two scores of 65% or higher at the highest test of Second Level and one score of 62% or higher at Third Level or above. Three scores of 62% or higher at Third Level or above from three different judges or any combination of these requirements would also meet the requirements (see Participant Guide for more information). Part 2 is geared towards those who are interested in graduating from the program to officiate at schooling shows or who plan to apply for the USEF’s ‘r’ Judge Training Program.

Visit the USDF's website to learn more about the L Education Program:

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