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‘R’ EVENT JUDGE’S LICENSE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND SEE THE WORLD
As a rider, Valerie is fortunate enough to train with two of the most influential and well-respected ‘O’ judges of our times, Linda Zang and Marilyn Payne. She can’t count the number of times she has returned from a competition only to anxiously hand over to them the most recent dressage tests! Valerie wanted an opportunity to give her students that same experience. And let’s face it, Valerie is opinionated! She would sometimes disagree with the marks on her own tests, or be the first one to question a question out on cross country. Rather than just complain, she challenged herself to do something about it! And so she began the pursuit of my eventing judges licenses and a way to give back to the sport.
In 2010 she received her ‘r’ Event Judge’s license which enabled her to be President of the Ground Jury through Preliminary. In 2016 Valerie received her ‘R’ Event Judge’s license which enabled her to be President of the Ground Jury thru CCI**s. At the USEA Convention in December 2016 Valerie was the recipient of the inaugural Roger Haller Grant. This grant allows officials seeking promotions with their licenses the financial boost to be able to travel and make the most of their seminars and apprenticeships. Because of the generosity of Roger, Valerie
was able to pursue and receive her ’S’ license for the USEF in 2017. This is the highest national level, allowing her to preside over all the events in the US. May she make Roger proud! And not one to rest, Valerie received her FEL Level 2 license in 2018, which allows her to officiate through a four-star and be president of a three-star and below. Valerie is hoping to upgrade to a FEI Level 3 license in the near future.
Judging has taken Valerie all over the country and in 2017 she was able to apprentice with the world’s top judges at the 2017 Strzegom Horse Trials in Poland during the European Championships!
Judging has enabled Valerie to be a part of some of the biggest events in the United States, all from a different perspective! Valerie also feels strongly that she is much more educated as a rider, trainer, and instructor after having received the training and education required to attain the Event Judge’s licenses. She can assess dressage tests, show jumping courses, and cross country tracks and questions from many different perspectives, which gives her horses and riders a definite advantage !And as an active rider, Valerie works very hard when officiating to make sure that a level playing field is maintained for all of the divisions, and at all times she tries to do what is in the best interest of the competitor. That being said, a hot tip for any rider reading this page of the website...it is your responsibility to know the rules!!