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Developed by the USDF Judges’ Committee, this educational training program teaches judges to evaluate the correct training of dressage horses.

See PVDA's 2019 L Program Schedule at the bottom of this page!

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. View Video

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.

  • Session D1 involves practice judging full tests in each of the levels at a recognized competition.
  • Session D2 is similar to the D1 Session but with more emphasis on the testing situation and prepares candidates for the final exam.
  • Final Exam is comprised of both a written and practical exam. The written exam is all True/False and multiple choice, while the practical exam is a combination of judging full tests and some oral judging as well.

2019 Part 1 Schedule:

Session A: Introduction to Judging & Biomechanics 2 days with Lois Yukins - Session Full!
March 30-31 at Wyndham Oaks: 19301 Bucklodge Rd, Boyds, MD 20841

Session B: Judging Criteria for Gaits, Paces, Movements & Figures with Janet Foy - Auditing Space Open
April 27-28 at Chesapeake Dressage Institute: 2630 Mas Que Farm Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403

Session C: Collective Marks, Basics, & Rider Biomechanics/Equitation with Maryal Barnett - Auditing Space Open
July 20-21 at Alsikkan Farm: 23101 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876


Applications, payment, and questions can be sent to:

Nancy Bowlus
P.O. Box 258
Buckeystown, MD 21717

The cost for a participant is $400 per session.  The cost for an auditor is $45 per session. All fees must be paid in advance.

Each session is limited to 30 participants and space is expected to fill quickly. Do not delay in getting your application and payment submitted. Auditors should register no later than 1 week before each session.  University Credits are included when you pre-register for auditing.

PLEASE INCLUDE A MEMO! The memo lets us know what you're paying for!
And, email to register and receive course documents and information.

L Program

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
L Program Participant Application PDF (82.34 KB) Administration 12/16/2018
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