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.
As many of you know, Susan, my dear friend for over 44 years and my wife for the past 33, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's/Dementia in 2013. I have been her caregiver since then, but her deteriorating condition has pushed us to place her in an assisted living facility where her needs can be served more comprehensively than I can manage at home. She will be nearby in Ocala where her friends and I can be with her often.
I can't express how grateful I am to many of you for the patience and kindness and love you've shown to us.
If there is any upside, it means I will be able to resume the teaching schedule which I had curtailed as well as the clinic and judging invitations I had to forego while all this played out. Of course, I will still be spending lots of time with Susan, but I look forward to being out and about the country and seeing many of you with your horses.
Find out more about Bill and Susan on the tabs to the left.
I am shocked and saddened by the passing of a longtime and much admired friend, Ellen Walker, from Spring City, UT. I helped Ellen with various horses for nearly 25 years and she organized numerous clinics for me all over the Salt Lake valley. One of the kindest, most real persons I ever met, she possessed an amazing intellect. We last corresponded just a week ago. Ellen was the victim of a freak pasture accident. Her absence leaves a hollowness in our lives.