Judge Education

Theory & Application

The USDF Continuing Education in Freestyle Judging allows L program members and judges of all rankings to be participants. Riders, trainers and enthusiasts are welcomed as auditors. The program must be given by an organization, as opposed to a private barn, and would first need the approval of USDF. For more information, contact Sharon VanderZiel  Judgescommittee@usdf.org

The three hour seminar takes riders on a step-by-step journey of finding music that is right for their horse, a review of the rules, planning effective choreography and much more. This session is beneficial for Pony Club, National and FEI levels. 


The mounted sessions accommodate riders from Training Level through Grand Prix in 45 minute time slots each. All mounted participants will go through a tempo analysis, learn to ride to the beat of the music, and have choreography for one gait that is appropriate for their level. Many riders come to a clinic with specific objectives and we are happy to help them meet their goals. This allows for flexibility in the mounted sessions.

Gary Rockwell & Terry presented at Continuing Education for Judges 

Freestyle Clinics

Klassic Kur offers freestyle clinics for those wanting to learn about this exciting part of dressage. The clinic is divided into two sessions with mounted participants and auditors attending both sessions.

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Terry directs a rider through choreography

Judges completing this course will receive a special designation for freestyle after their names on the USEF Officials roster. 


Klassic Kur's Terry Ciotti Gallo was the key architect in developing this program, and has permission to present the lecture in conjunction with a USDF L Faculty member.​

Host Responsibilities

The lecture is given as a Power Point presentation. The host must provide either a large screen with HDMI capability or a screen, projector and speakers to be connected to a computer. The mounted session requires a complete sound system plus a microphone. 

The two day clinic fee is $2400. This encompasses the three hour lecture, 12 mounted sessions and unlimited auditors. The host is responsible for reimbursement of expenses such as air transportation, hotel, and so on.

Freestyle Designation Approved Seminars


DVCTA Seminar March 25 - 26, 2023

Join Lois Yukins and Terry for USDF Continuing Education in Freestyle Judging to be held in Unionville, PA . Be aware that new tests and rules go into effect December 1, 2022. This seminar includes all updates.


To attend, contact Angela Bean at straightforwarddressage@gmail.com



Attn: L grads and GMO's 

During Covid, a three-hour program was developed to be presented as a distance learning opportunity. There are four 45-minute sessions that GMOs can schedule in a variety of ways. It is designed to focus on the lower-level freestyles and is approved for L Graduate Continuing Education when all four sessions are completed and an online quiz is taken. Presenters of this program must be USEF licensed “S” Dressage Judges with the USEF Freestyle designation. For more information, email  Judgescommittee@usdf.org​​