UNITED STATES DRESSAGE FEDERATION (USDF)

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The USDF is the only national membership organization dedicated to dressage (a method of horse training in existence since ancient Greece and an Olympic sport since the late 1800’s at the inception of the modern Olympics)

Dedicated to the recognition of achievement and promotion of dressage, the USDF organization offers more than 30 different educational programs. The National Education Center and headquarters, located in the Kentucky Horse Park, supports the USDF mission of education, recognition and promotion of dressage. The USDF is organized into 125 affiliate local or regional clubs, offering more than 2000 annual awards for excellence in competition.

The national levels (Training Level through Fourth Level) are governed by the USDF (international levels are governed by the Federation Equestre Internationale – FEI).

Educational programs include the University Credit program, USDF/USEF Accredited Program, Trainers Conference, Sport Horse Education, USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program, Instructor/Trainer Program, Certified Instructor Contacts, Workshops, Associate Instructors, L Education Program, Continuing Education, adult, Junior and Young Rider Clinics.

USDF Competitions & Championship Programs include the US Dressage Finals, Regional Championships, North American Juniors and Young Riders’ Championships, Breeders Championships, and Dressage Seat Medal Program.

Schleese and Saddlefit 4 Life® are business members and regular sponsors of USDF events. Jochen Schleese is a regular clinician at USDF Trainer Conferences and teaches at education sessions offered at the USDF Annual Convention. Saddlefit 4 Life Equine Ergonomics Certification program it accredited by the USDF (5 credits) as are Saddlefit 4 Life seminars (1 credits), and 80 point diagnostic saddle fit evaluation and lecture (1/2 credit).

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Jochen has supported the positive continuing development of my horses. His saddle fit evaluations are a lesson in anatomy – about the functionality and cooperation of the bones and muscles of horse and rider. My horses now have more freedom in all the gaits. Saddlefit 4 Life® improves comminucation between horse and rider. My aids to the horse translate much faster so we can go forward with a really good ride. My horse Bonaparte did a super job over the three tests (at the Beijing Olympics). He was very fluent, I had good connection to his mouth, and we were working together. I was very pleased! Heike’s Video Testimony HK testimonial

— Heike Kemmer, 2008 Olympic Team Gold and Individual Bronze Dressage Medalist

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