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            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.  


Recent Video from Bill:


A Fantastic FEI Five Year Old Test--
Gail Redinger's Reserve National Championship High Score ride from Lamplight this August. Formancier scored 80.8% in this ride. The judges' comments follow.

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 2014 clinic prior to their trip to the Region 6 Finals.

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

A judged Adult Amateur Grand Prix Freestyle:

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: 


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.



Above: Kiera Wilson on Lynn Boyd's Luna-- 71.6% and 3rd in Training 3 Open at the Regionals.
Above: Laura Herndon and Kasper-- 3rd place in the Adult Amateur Intermediate 2 Region 3 Championships with 63.75%.
Below: In the "parade of dark bays" Courtney Varney on Zindy
Below: The morning mist rises off the hills at the Olympic Park in Conyers, site of this year's Region 3 Finals.

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Bill had a half dozen horses to shepherd at Conyers, GA.  Courtney Varney was Reserve Champion in the AA Grand Prix and third in the GP Freestyle Championships on her mare,Tess, scoring 68+%. They will go on to Lexington for the U.S. Finals. Laura Herndon and Kasper were 3rd in the AA I-2 Championships with a 63.75. Kiera Wilson riding Lynn Boyd's mare Luna was 3rd in T-3 with a 71.6% and recorded a 70% in the Open Training Championships.
Jill Barrera scored 63.667% on Ellen Merkle's Maks  in the Second Level Freestyle Championships. Courtney also rode her 4 year old mare Zindy in First Level 3 Open and won it with a 68.7% .
See Pix below and to left.


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Next Month's Question

Will draw reins fix my rearing horse? What about a running martingale?

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

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."




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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.


Above: Jill Barrera on Ellen Merkle's Maks.
Below: Courtney Varney on her Arabian mare Tess, 3rd in the FEI Freestyle Championships and on their way to Kentucky.
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