PITTSTOWN, N.J. — Lisa Schmidt, a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Senior ('S') Dressage Judge has been approved as the newest member of the USDF L Program Faculty, the United States Dressage Federation announced recently.

Schmidt operates out of Dutch Valley Equestrian in Pittstown, N.J.

Faculty members are responsible for providing instruction to and conducting USDF L Education Program. Graduation with distinction from the USDF L Education Program is a prerequisite for entrance into USEF judge training programs. There are currently 13 faculty members.

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In 1998, Schmidt graduated with distinction from the USDF L Education Program and has since worked her way up through the USEF Dressage Judge Training Program to become a licensed USEF 'S' Dressage Judge, in 2013. Lisa has also earned her USEF designation for Young Horse and certification for Freestyle. And now, in 2018, she has been added to the faculty of the USDF L Education Program to teach others to follow in her footsteps.

USDF L Program Committee Chair Lois Yukins said, "After successful completion of the extensive L Faculty Apprentice Program, we are thrilled for Lisa to join the ranks of the existing USDF L Program Faculty. With her extensive knowledge, and experience in the judge’s box, the USDF L Program Committee is certain Lisa will be a great addition to the faculty." The USDF L Education Program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the USEF “r” Judge Training Program, to qualify individuals to judge schooling shows, to provide greater insight into the evaluative process of dressage judging, as well as to provide continuing education for licensed judges.

To learn more about the USDF L Education Program, or for a complete list of approved USDF L Program Faculty members, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, e-mail usdressage@usdf.org, or call 859-971-2277

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