The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program workshops are designed to educate dressage riders of all levels. They are open to instructors, aspiring instructors and amateurs. USDF workshops provide a wonderful opportunity for all students of dressage to learn about classical theories of riding, training, teaching, lungeing and seat lessons. Participants will also be able to improve their practical skills under the guidance of USDF qualified workshop leaders. Apart from acquiring more theoretical knowledge and improving their practical skills, participants may also gain more understanding of whether or not their current level of expertise approaches the standard needed to become a USDF Certified Instructor.
Workshops must be lead by approved USDF Faculty and Examiners. The following are the types of workshops each level of faculty may conduct:
There are three workshops offered: a Riding/Training Workshop, a Teaching Workshop, and a Lungeing Workshop. Workshops are taught by USDF Faculty and Examiners, all of whom are highly respected and accomplished in the dressage community.
LUNGEING: to teach and review correct lungeing principles and techniques for training the horse and rider. Workshops are offered as follows:
RIDING: to review and apply the classical methods of schooling the dressage horse, and to provide an opportunity for participants to improve their practical riding skills, their ability to assess the horse's training, and their knowledge of how to relate the concepts of the Pyramid of Training in practical training sessions. Workshops are offered as follows:
TEACHING: to review and develop effective teaching skills that will enable the participants to become more competent instructors. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to improve their ability to assess students, and expand the participants’ knowledge of how to relate the concepts of the Pyramid of Training to the practice of teaching. The participants will be evaluated on their presentations of private lessons. Workshops are offered as follows:
For guidelines and other important documents, see our forms & documents page.
If you have any further questions, contact the Instructor/Trainer Program Liaison at (859) 971-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org