The “L” program offers a comprehensive curriculum created to teach participants and auditors how to evaluate dressage performance at Training through Second Level.
Yes, the “L” Program is not just for those who want to become licensed dressage judges. The program’s intent is to give competitors, trainers, and instructors a broader insight into the evaluative techniques of judging dressage, qualify individuals to officiate at schooling shows, serve as continuing education for licensed judges, and to serve as a prerequisites for entering into the United States Equestrian Federation ‘r’ Judges Training Program.
There are several ways to learn about upcoming programs, including:
Yes, Sessions A, B and C are open to silent auditors. Each GMO or USDF-approved organization that hosts an "L" Program provides their program and fee structure details for silent auditors.
Sessions D1, D2 and the Final Exam, however, are not open to silent auditors. Since these sessions are held at a USDF/USEF recognized competition, more stringent restrictions are enacted.
No, you can attend them out of order as an silent auditor.
Session A, B and C comprise Part 1of the “L” Program, also called ‘A Judge’s Perspective.’ This is the educational foundation of the program.
Part 2; ‘Candidate’s Evaluation’ includes Sessions D1, D2 and the Final Exam. This part of the program is geared towards those who are interested in graduating from the program to officiate at schooling shows or who plan to continue onward to apply for the USEF’s ‘r’ Judge Training Program.
Participants have met the prerequisites for the program and plan on officiating at schooling shows or who would like to become a USEF licensed judge.
Auditors are silent and are those who do not plan on judging, but who want more information about evaluating dressage performance.
Yes, University Credits are available to all silent auditors for Sessions A, B and C of the "L" Program. To be eligible to receive credit, you must be a current USDF Participating, Group, or Education member and pay a $5 processing fee. Silent auditors will receive two (2) credits for attending both days of the program.
Yes, University credits are automatic for program participants in Sessions A, B and C. Each participant will receive four (4) credits for each Session A through C.
Sessions D1, D2 and the Final Exam are not eligible for University credits.
*Scores do not have to be acquired within a specific time frame but you must be able to provide score verification.
First, you need to check out the current USDF Educational & Programs calendar. Look for a program that you would be able to attend, starting with Session A, and contact the organizer. The organizer will be able to let you know if there are spots available, fees and any logistical information about the program. The organizer will also provide a participant application for you to fill out, attach your score verifications, and remit back to them with payment for the program.
Each program may vary in their fee structure for participants and silent auditors. The hosting organization is financially responsible for the profit or loss of the program and set up their individual fee structure. You need to contact the organizer of the program you are interested in participating in to find out their fee structure. On average, the cost for the entire program ranges from $2000 -$2500, not including transportation or lodging expenses.
No, you will be a graduate from the USDF “L” Program, also known as an “L graduate”. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), as the national governing body of equestrian sports, licenses all judges. USDF only administers the “L” Program, which, if completed with the required scores, will allow you to apply to USEF for the ‘r’ Judges Training Program to become a licensed judge. Those who pass the “L” program final exam are known as “L Graduates”, not as L Judges.
A program can be initiated and hosted only by a USDF Group Member Organization (GMO), or other USDF-approved organizations.
No, organizers cannot participate in the program. Organizing an “L” Program, on-site, is a full time job and to try to juggle both would detract from excelling at either task, that of an organizer and participant.
The “L” Program includes a combination of lecture, demonstration rides, and practice judging at recognized competitions.
The lecture component requires a climate controlled room large enough to accommodate participants and auditors is needed. Also, there needs to be the capabilities to view audiovisual material.
The demonstration of horse/rider combinations requires an indoor (preferred) or covered arena, to be able to be out of the elements, and enough space for candidates to sit on the side of the arena.
The practice judging portion of the program requires USDF/USEF recognized competitions with at least two competition rings and two official judges. USDF must approve the competitions where D2 sessions and the Final Exam are held in order to guarantee the number of classes and rides, as well as the quality of rides for these sessions.
If you have questions concerning the USDF “L” Program, please contact the “L” Program liaison at 859/971-2277 or email@example.com