USDF Congratulates New L Education Program Graduates

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Lexington, KY (December 14, 2022) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that seventeen USDF members successfully graduated from the USDF L Education Program in 2022.  This program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the USEF/ USDF 'r' Licensed Dressage Judge Training program, to qualify individuals to judge schooling shows, and to give competitors, trainers, and instructors greater insight into the evaluative process of judging dressage. The program also serves to provide continuing education for licensed judges. The L Education Program is an excellent opportunity for all USDF members to learn how to improve their scores and improve their ability to view other rides from a judge's perspective, whether or not they plan on becoming licensed judges themselves. USDF L Education Program faculty are all approved USEF Senior (“S”) dressage judges, who also have experience in teaching judge-training programs.

USDF congratulates the following new graduates of the USDF L Education Program:

Region 1:
*Eliza Banks, NJ
 Nina Catanzarite, PA
*Nicole DelGiorno, NJ
 Lisa Hall, PA
 Eileen Keller, NJ
*Cara Klothe, PA
 Maggie O'Leary, NJ
 Paula Oliver, PA
*Shera Solomon, MD
 Lucille Sullivan, NC
 Carol Thomas, VA

Region 2:
 Madeline Erce, WI
*Elizabeth Gagliardi, IN
*Ashley Maul, OH
 Beth McCullough, OH
*Michael Peters, IL

Region 3:
 Trisha DeRosa, FL
*Amberly Foster, FL
 Paulette Stoudt, FL
 Lela Wulf, SC

Region 4:
*Samantha Martinson, MN
*Heather Salden Kurtz, MN

Region 5:
 Renae Talton, MT

Region 6:
 Kimberly Barber, WA
 Shana Blum, WA
*Tabitha Hopp, WA
 Jessy Olson, WA
 Helena Rouhe, ID
 Jill Seely, WA
 Julia Wolffe, OR
 Kenton Wright, OR

Region 7:
*Sarah Silva, NV 

Region 8:
*Liana Antanovich, CT
*Madeline Austin, VT
*Matthew Beasley, CT
 Carly Collari, MA
 Joy Congdon, VT
 Casondra Dillon, ME
 Abigail Laukka Hardy, ME
 Amy Libby, ME
 Cathy Liston, ME
 Cody Moore, NY
*Stephen Ruggiero, CT

*Denotes those that graduated with distinction from the L Program. Those who pass with distinction are eligible to apply to enter the USEF/USDF 'r' Licensed Dressage Judge Training program.

For more information about the USDF L Education Program, to access a list of USDF L Graduates, for a calendar of USDF L Education Programs, or for details on hosting a program, visit or contact USDF at

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