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Things That Really Matter....

            "Whatever happens to the water,
                           happens to the people."


Water quality is important to people and wildlife. Last summer, toxic algae in the Indian River Lagoon and elsewhere in Florida resulted in record numbers of dolphin and manatee deaths.
Amendment 1 (the Water and Land Conservation Amendment) will help protect our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters, which is critical to protecting wildlife and our own drinking water supplies.
Voting yes on Amendment 1 in November is the most important vote you will ever take for protecting clean water in Florida, but before then, we have something else we need you to do.


                    NO WATER - NO JOBS


Implicit in Susan's crusades
Read More Here

And, here, a separate link to Susan's
FALDO page!


Re: more mundane matters:



            Judging and teaching both at home in Central Florida and all around the country, Susan and Bill Woods each acknowledge over thirty-five years of experience that can help you better understand and train your horse.

            They have been active on the national dressage scene since 1980, their dressage specialty arising from broad backgrounds in balance-seat work, both on the flat and over fences.

            Both are known for their ability to outline sound, classical goals and to communicate effective techniques to riders of all levels. They carry on the ideals and principles they learned at the American Dressage Institute and the USDF-sponsored Violet Hopkins National Instructors Seminars and which they, in turn, were tabbed to spread to hundreds of teachers and dozens of groups throughout the US at USDF Regional Instructor Workshops.

            Susan and Bill are each USDF Bronze and Silver Medalists. They've each trained and shown many horses from Training Level to FEI, and they continue to coach students both at the Florida shows and those whom they meet at clinics and then send off to competitions, ribbons, and medals in their own areas. Their students show at every level through Grand Prix.

            Over twenty and nearly thirty years respectively of dressage judging give Susan and Bill a special perspective to help you understand what all judges are looking for and what it takes for you to succeed in the show arena.


            Find out more about each of them on the tabs to the left.  


Recent Video from Bill:


Eventors-- Two "new" archival videos:
     1976 Olympic 3 Day from Bromont.
Filmed by Bill at the time as a Super8mm movie, recently converted to video with an added voice track. See the US gold medal team and top riders of the 70s from around the world. 37 minutes. Click below:

1977 Ledyard International Horse Trials. Created
as above. With narration, the top US riders plus the Brits. Germans, Canadians, and riders from 3 other countries. 26 minutes. Click below:
The Ins and Outs of Haunches-- with examples and diagrams this new video helps you sort out the differences among all the basic lateral movements from leg yielding to shoulder in to travers, renvers, and half pass. Click here: 

Judged First Level Test 1--
An Adult Amateur riding at a recognized show, 2 sets of comments and scores: Bill's and the actual judge's

Judged Second Level Test 2
(as above):

Judged Third Level Test 2
(as above):

Judged USEA Novice Test A:

At the Dampa, er, Tampa show June 8th-- See a brief video of what it means to rain in Florida in the summer. With all the show arenas under cover, by next morning everything was able to resume on schedule.


Judged Prix St. George test
Compare your marks and observations with Bill's and judge Janet Foy's
"On the Aids?"
A three minute demo by Bill and Gail Redinger that you want your own horse to be able to replicate.

Berlin Quadrille featuring Reiner Klimke

This is a reproduction of a VHS tape given to me more than 25 years ago by Gen Jonathan Burton. He thought it was done in Berlin, probably sometime after the '84 Olympics. The lead rider is Olympic gold medalist Reiner Klimke on Ahlerich. Second in the line, I believe is Gabriella Grillo. General Burton said he thought the riders had barely any rehearsal before the performance, but it is great fun to see these 12 international riders all working together.



Below: Bill's "Air on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge" inspired by a brushing acquaintance with superb Tampa cellist James Conners.

Here's Deb Kane on Jet. If you're a hardcore Classical Purist, I hear your shocked reaction that his poll is too low. But she's not trying to show him this way. She's creating a pliable, permeable topline where he wants to seek the bit and be soft and round without coercion. She has him in front of her seat and leg, and she'll start to push him up and out to her hand while retaining that relationship. And that's how he'll go to the show ring.


NOTE: If you have your choice of web browsers, this site plays much better if you use Mozilla or Safari rather
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It's a few years before she'll get her Velveeta shower, but here Jamie Sawyer and Charly Brown receive the hands-on award for earning the USDF Bronze Medal at Fox Lea.


Easter draws nigh. Bill is planning his traditional egg hunt for his students on the South Lawn of Four Winds Farm.




If you need a point of view to un-selfconsciously
adopt as your own, or if you'd just like to be annoyed all the time . . . .

atest entry: 4/11/14


AND NOW . . .

More Opinions, Warranted or Not


Should I take a lesson every time I ride?



Next Month's Question:

I can make shoulder-in on a straight line, but when I tried on the circle, I lose my horse all over the place. Help!

         Stay tuned for Bill's explanation
Meanwhile, keep your questions coming!


New under the sun, an educational webchannel created by Cid Kent and available thru FaceBook, YouTube, and Vimeo. Called, each month Cid and her panel of experts take on a different aspect of horse management or training. Episode 1 (October) deals with trailering. Episode 2 (November) examines ground manners. Episode 3 (December) covers nutrition and grooming. The dressage "expert" in this extravaganza is our own little Billy Woods who, of course, denies responsibility for anything which comes out of his mouth. Link to the programs here:


In the near future Equine Ed will expand its coverage. In February, it will begin to produce two programs per month. Announced this week: Equine Ed will be offered on the national cable channel RFD-TV. No start date has as yet been set.


Find out what's buried in
Bill's tome!

"If dressage were this funny, more people would be doing it!"

CLICK HERE for details, a sample,
and how to order it


The USDF Connection says:

"Much as I love our sport, there aren't too many dressage tomes I'd consider taking to the beach... DRESSAGE Unscrambled is the rare exception.

"[Bill] also happens to be an astute observer of foibles both human and equine and a writer with a wry sense of humor.

"DRESSAGE Unscrambled distills a lifetime of memorable experiences and 'aha' educational moments into one unassuming paperback...

"Younger dressage enthusiasts will get a glimpse into how our sport has evolved, and those of a certain age will surely chuckle at some memories. And you'll probably learn something along the way, too."




And trace, if you dare,
the treacherous path to

DRESSAGE Unscrambled's


One click  will do it

Don't forget our on-line store

Things to wish you had!       
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to the new
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That's over 50,000 hits now!

Props to Pete Thosteson (The Younger) at Atomic Lightwave, Susan Petrillo, and Mare Prelovsky for inspiration and assistance with this site.


Below: Kim Porter with (or not) her new BLM burro.

Below: Bill and Bruce judging the Heidelberg Cup at Clarcona, March 2014.

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