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WHO IS BILL WOODS?

            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.  

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Recent Video from Bill:

NEWEST !


Schooling Grand Prix movements
Gail Redinger and Mitras have appeared in many videos on this site. Here they school GP movements at Bill's September clinic prior to their trip to the Region 6 Finals. Mitras is, by the way, available for your husband or S. Daddy to purchase for your Christmas present.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-J0QVPBOlo#t=18

A judged USEF Test for the 4 Year Old Horse:
See how these tests are evaluated differently from normal dressage tests.
      http://youtu.be/EAoF8jpNnJY

A judged Adult Amateur Grand Prix Freestyle:

      http://youtu.be/weA3E7UWJqc

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:
      http://youtu.be/_AJtLtvyxFg

     
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:
      http://youtu.be/m7JSl0Y0Ixo
 
    
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:http://youtu.be/RnMcBn63l0I 

EXTRA SPECIAL

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.


TO GO DIRECTLY TO ALL OF BILL'S YouTube CREATIONS ON A SINGLE LIST,
CLICK HERE

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Above: "S" Judge Robin Brueckmann believes in acclimating her young dressage horses to "distractions" at an early age. If they graduate from Police Training, they can handle just about anything a show environment can dish out!



Above: Susannah Marcus on Alissa Dragstedt's Donner. When a sudden downpour modifies plans for a dressage lesson.


Below: The (almost) USEF Rule Book offers definitive proof that as we've suspected all along, some riders are just dickheads.


Below: There appears to be a bear in the sky. A humble one.




NOTE: If you have your choice of web browsers, this site plays much better if you use Mozilla or Safari rather
than Internet Explorer!
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BILL'S PROJECTED PATH

CLICK HERE FOR BILL'S UPCOMING CLINIC
AND JUDGING APPEARANCES

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The new 2015 Tests went into effect on December 1. Here's how to find them:
https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/2015dressageTests.aspx
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Here's Bill take on all the changes and what they might mean to you. Click the link directly below:

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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, try . . .




L
atest entry: 5/11/15


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AND NOW . . .

More Opinions, Warranted or Not

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FOR BILL'S ANSWER


Next Month's Question
:


I watch my friend taking lessons, and I see her make mistakes that you don't seem to correct. Why is that?


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

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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."

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YOU are Visitor #


to the new woodsdressage.com
(reset 12-1-11)
29000 visits from Sept 2009 to December 1st, 2011

That's over 65,000 hits now!
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Props to Pete Thosteson (The Younger) at Atomic Lightwave, Susan Petrillo, and Mare Prelovsky for inspiration and assistance with this site.

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Below: Jill Barrera on Ellen Merkle's "Maks" at the Sumter Equestrian Center Schooling Show May 16 scoring 66.9% in Second Level.

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