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STRIDE to Host L Education Program

 | Published on 2/25/2020

STRIDE to Host L Education Program

Have you ever wondered how the judge derives her scores?  Have you ever toyed with the idea of becoming a judge yourself? Do you want to add more courses to your USDF University resume? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your opportunity awaits!

STRIDE will host an L Education Program manned by top notch instructors over a series of weekends as follows:

Postponed until Spring 2021.


According to the USDF website, “This educational training program features selected faculty of experienced, United States Equestrian Federation recognized “S” judges.

The Program is divided into two parts; each part is made up of three sessions:

Part 1- “A Judge’s Perspective” is open to all USDF Members; this is the educational foundation of the program.

  • Session A is an introduction to judging and biomechanics. View Video
  • Session B is about judging criteria for gaits & paces, movements & figures. View Video
  • Session C is about collective marks, equitation, rider biomechanics and basics.

Part 2- “Candidate’s Evaluation” is open to Participating Members with three verified scores from USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions. The requirement consists of two scores of 65% or higher at the highest test of Second Level and one score of 62% or higher at Third Level or above. Three scores of 62% or higher at Third Level or above from three different judges or any combination of these requirements would also meet the requirements (see Participant Guide for more information). Part 2 is geared towards those who are interested in graduating from the program to officiate at schooling shows or who plan to apply for the USEF’s ‘r’ Judge Training Program.”



The total cost for all three sessions in Part A for those seeking certification is $775. STRIDE members wishing to audit may do so at a cost of $75 per weekend. The cost per weekend for non- STRIDE members is $125, but there is a discounted rate of $100 per weekend for non-STRIDE members who enroll in all three sessions.

For additional information or to reserve your spot now, contact Anna Toomey at 352-286-8815 or Paulette Stoudt at 941-628-0169 or email

USDF L Program Application

L Program Application


L Program Participants Guide