Dressage and Equine Resources to Beat the Boredom

10 Free Online Learning Opportunities to Beat the Boredom

The current COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home orders have impacted every aspect of our lives. With shows and clinics canceled and some barns closed, you might find yourself with a bit of spare time. Don’t let that stop you from learning! Here are 10 online horse-related and dressage resources to help ease the boredom: 

  1. Watch Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro’s World Record Breaking Freestyle test at London Olympia from 2014.
  2. Revisit Lendon Gray riding Seldom Seen in his 1987 retirement ceremony at Dressage at Devon.
  3. Learn about how the horse’s hoof responds to its environment in “Is the Hoof Smart? Adaptability of the Equine Foot” by Dr. Debra Taylor
  4. Learn how to ride three dressage shapes from EventionTV.
  5. Catherine Haddad teacher our ODS Trainers’ Symposium. In this short video, discover one of her go-to advanced lessons.
  6. Watch Lilo Fore teaching the canter pirouette at the 2017 FEI- Level Trainers Conference from USDF.
  7. Read “The Secrets of the Half-Halt with Conrad Schumacher.”
  8. Make sure your horse is a healthy weight by using the Henneke Horse Body Condition Scoring method, presented by SmartPak.
  9. Try adding stretching to your horse’s routine with this guide, “Top 5 Stretches for Healthy Horses.”
  10. Use your membership to access the USDF Education Library.

Do you have a favorite online resource? Share it with us at odsinfo@oregondressage.com.

2019 League Show Award Plates List

The  2019 League Show Award Plates list is now available for preview.

League show participants: Please take a moment to verify your information. If you have any corrections contact the ODS Office via email odsinfo@oregondressage.com or by phone at 503-893-5254 by Wednesday May 6th.

Congrats riders!

A special thank you to Show Committee Chair, Sarah Diebert, for assembling the League Show Award Plates information.

Riders: Please Verify 2019 Licensed Show Horse/Rider Awards for ODS Plates

USDFThank you to all those who sent in a 2019 Licensed Show Horse/Rider Awards application form. Please click on the Oregon Dressage Society Horse & Rider Award Plates link to verify your information and that all names are spelled correctly. The verification list is in alphabetical order by rider’s last name, followed by the horse’s name, level, and then the number of scores earned above 60%.

If you have any corrections please email or call (503) 893-5254) the ODS office right away.


Congratulations to all, and well done!




Lisa Koch

President’s Message: USDF/ODS COVID-19 Update

ODS Members,

We have received an official announcement from the United States Dressage Federation about its direction regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how USDF competitions and educational events will be handled at this point.

(Read the USDF official statement here.)

ODS will follow this decision and suspend all ODS Approved Licensed and League shows until April 15th, 2020. At that point, we will update you with the latest determination. Please be advised that any scores earned between March 17-April 15th will not count toward qualifying for ODS and Region 6 Championships or League Show Finals awards. This also applies to the 2020 Licensed and League Horse/Rider awards.

Please note, the USDF Region 6 Youth Education Clinic with George Williams and the Youth Outreach Clinic with Brooke Martz (April 25/26) are canceled. USDF has canceled all educational events until May 22-24 with the intention to reschedule.

We will continue to update you as we receive more news. Please keep yourself and your families safe during this time.

Please call the ODS office at 503-893-5254 or myself at 541-410-5968 if you have any questions.

Lisa Koch
ODS President