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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As quoted in the Certified Horsemanship Association February Monthly Newsletter "I recently attended a nine day intensive saddle fitting course conducted by Jochen Schleese. Jochen and his wife, Sabine, have attended two of CHA's International conferences.  I was intrigued by his demos on how saddles are made differently for men and women. This year in Amarillo, he went into more detail about fitting saddles properly to horses to prevent serious injury.  He is passionate about helping horses and by offering this course to professionals in the horse industry, we can do our part in having healthy horses and educated riders. This 3-day course event covered how saddles [may] cause injury and how little has been done in the last 100 years to prevent these injuries.  By educating professionals who deal with horses on a daily basis on how to properly evaluate a saddle fit can go a long way in making horses healthy.  by teaching an 80 Point Evaluation, taking into account, the shoulder angles, wither shape, saddle support area and making sure critical pressure points are not impinged on by the saddle is just a small segment of this course.  The Schleese's passion for helping horses is much the same as CHA's mission statement for riding instructors.  It is for the good of the horse.  Taking these courses reminded me of my certification week to become a CHA instructor.  A huge highlight of my life with horses."  Check our Saddlefit4life.com and the book "Suffering in Silence."

— Lori Maciulewicz - Regional Director for Region 6

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