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Taste of "L"Program

What is A Taste of the “L” Program? This three-part program is a  mini course refresher for L graduates and for riders. It is a unique and comprehensive opportunity for trainers, aspiring judges, competitors, and spectators to learn what the judge is looking for; how they arrive at the correct score; and how the judge rewards good training.

For those who want to participate in the hybrid event, we are meeting on September 11 at Chicago Fire, 310 Palladio Pkwy in Folsom. The presentation will be in a private room and live on their big screen, and you will get a free copy of the book: The View from C


L Grads who attend all three sessions in full, complete an online quiz, and send a  completion certificate to USDF will receive the three hours of L Grad CE.L grads And judges also get one hour of US DF university credit. All others get .5 hours of university credit. 

For only $40 to CDS members and $50 for non members, you can learn from the comfort of your living room.  


Sit in the judge’s box with Marilyn Heath is a USEF “S” judge. She earned her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals and has trained and competed through Grand Prix. She was long-listed by the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) in the 1980s and competed for the USET at the World Championships in 1986. 

Taste of Session A

Sept 9, 6-7 pm

Taste of Session B

Sept 11, 12-1 pm

Taste of Session C

Sept 11, 1:15 -2:15 pm 

  • Rules

  • How to develop a score

  • Biomechanics of the Parts of the Horse

  • Using Biomechanics to recognize the “BASICS” represented by Pyramid of Training

  • The purpose and criteria of Training-Second Levels

  • Addressing the most important aspect or essence of each movement

  • Treat modifiers correctly in scoring and comments

  • Collective Marks

  • Gaits, Impulsion, Submission, Position and Seat of the Rider

  • Correct and Effective Use of Aids

  • Judging Freestyles

  • Harmony, Choreography, Degree of Difficulty, Music, Interpretation

Preparing for championships?
Wonder how the judge came up that score?
This is a must attend event! 
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