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The USDF Adult Clinics are intended to provide USDF members affordable access to renowned clinicians in a symposium style format for maximum auditor benefit. Eight adult riders and horses, working in private sessions each day, are selected to demonstrate a variety of levels, breeds, types and training issues to maximize the learning experiences for auditors of all ages. Each series is a little different with the clinician offering their expertise.

Kathy Connelly is a highly respected international dressage rider, trainer, coach,”S” judge, and USDF Honorary Instructor. She represented the United States at the World Cup in Sweden, and was the highest placed Grand Prix rider on the U.S. Bronze Medal Team at the North American Championships. She is known for her amicable personality and non-intimidating training style. Kathy’s success is evident through her work with both U. S. Team riders and amateurs, who have won many titles. She trains amateurs at every level. In addition, she has served as coach at both the World Equestrian Games and the World Cup, and as coach of the Individual Silver Medalist at the Pan American Games, a U.S. Champion at the North American Young Rider Championships, and the United States Silver Medal Young Rider Team in Australia. She is the Vice Chair of the USET High Performance Dressage Committee and has served as a USET Olympic and World Games Selector. She has provided live commentary internationally and nationally, for events such as the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2013 and 2014 US Dressage Finals.

Betsy Steiner is also a USDF Honorary Instructor, as well as an international dressage rider, trainer, and coach. Betsy has represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990, as well as providing commentary for videos of the 1995 World Cup, the 1996 Olympic Games, and most recently the 2014 World Equestrian Games Trials at Gladstone. Her book A Gymnastic Training System Using the Mind, Body, Spirit Approach has sold over 16,000 copies in the U.S. and U.K., and has been translated into German. She holds the prestigious honor of being the only US author to have her book approved by the German FN. She is also the creator of EQUILATES™ — a sport-specific Pilates-based exercise and body awareness program for the equestrian. Betsy currently trains her own horses and students in Frenchtown, NJ, and Wellington, FL.

Check out USDF Podcast Episode 53:
Kathy and Betsy discuss the new series

If you have questions concerning the Adult Clinic Series, please contact the USDF Adult Clinic Liaison at 859-971-2277 or