Judging and teaching both at home in Central Florida and all around the country, Bill Woods acknowledges nearly forty-five years of experience that can help you better understand and train your horse.
He has been active on the national dressage scene since 1980, his dressage specialty arising from a broad background in balance-seat work, both on the flat and over fences.
Known for his ability to outline sound, classical goals and to communicate effective techniques to riders of all levels, Bill tries to carry on the ideals and principles he learned at the American Dressage Institute and the USDF-sponsored Violet Hopkins National Instructors Seminars and which he, in turn, was tabbed by the Hopkins staff to spread to hundreds of teachers and dozens of groups throughout the US at USDF Regional Instructor Workshops.
Bill is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. He has trained and shown many horses from Training Level to FEI and continues to coach students both at the Florida shows and those whom he meets at clinics and then sends off to competitions, ribbons, and medals in their own areas. His students show at every level through Grand Prix.
Over thirty years of dressage judging at recognized shows give 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.
In recent months his wife of many years, Susan, has for medical reasons (Early Onset Alzheimer's/Dementia) had to discontinue her work in both the equine and environmental areas. The Everything Susan page documents her long time involvement in those two passions. She remains committed to the philosophies and principles she has espoused in both these fields over the years. As Bill can testify, she remains a force to be reckoned with.
Find out more about Bill and Susan on the tabs to the left.
How fast should your rein back be? I always thought my horse’s were very pleasant—clear, easy and steady. Now I’m working with a TB who seems to rush or scramble back. I’m also riding a Friesian who does nice ones, though he picks up his feet high—we think to avoid stepping on his feathers! Thoughts?
Help! The horse I ride and show knows the tests too well! Unlike my retired horse who at least got good scores when he 'took' over, this one does not. I do not practice the tests. I don't even practice movements anymore. Even in my last clinic, he was responding as much to the clinician as to me. What can I do?