So I recently looked into the L education Program. I have been thinking about getting a judge’s license. I first thought about it for extra money in college. This could be a job for weekends that could help me have some extra cash without having to take the proverbial restaurant or retail sales job. Also it would be a job that at least kept me in the riding industry. I also have really fond memories of Clare Morrow’s mom. She told great stories of traveling all over the world as an Arabian judge. After my initial idea I went to Jeremy and asked his opinion. I wanted to know if it would maybe help my riding. He said although he had not done it himself he believed it would be a valuable experience. His thought was that it would show me a judge’s perspective and also perhaps increase my ability to explain things as a trainer. So I began research on the program. At first it seems very daunting. There are several academic ‘sessions’ you have to attend. There are A,B,C, D-1 and D-2 classes. These are each a weekend course. You have to purchase the flash drive prior to the first session in order to begin the readings and course work. Session A is titled “Introduction to Judging and Biomechanics. Session B is titled “Judging Criteria for Gaits & Paces, Movements and Figures.” Session C is title “Basics, Collective Marks-Gaits, Impulsion, Submission and the Rider.” Session D-1 and D-2 are “Judging Full Tests in each of the Levels.” Session E is actually scribing and sitting for a total minimum of 22 hours of experience. Then course concludes with a Final Examination. I really want to take the class and get started on the course work but here is the kicker. The classes are not offered everywhere and you have to take them in order. So if you missed the November A sessions in either Pennsylvania or Virginia you will have to wait until the fall of 2013 to get into the next round of classes. The expense can be a deterrent as well because you have to travel to the locations of the classes as well as pay the cost of the class. This would be a good thing to apply for an education grant from USDF or USEF for though! So all you junior and young riders out there dreaming of a career in Dressage I invite you to take the classes with me next fall! Hope to see you there.