McDonald Approved as USDF Certified Instructor Examiner

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce Debbie McDonald has been approved as the newest USDF Certified Instructor (CI) Program examiner. McDonald joins current CI examiners Maryal Barnett, Deborah Bowman, Liselotte Fore, Lendon Gray, Gerhard Politz, Michael Poulin, and Cindy Sydnor.

McDonald is one of the most successful American dressage riders today. Most recently, she made headlines in the international dressage arena as a member of the 2002 US World Equestrian Games silver-medal team and as the 2001 and 2002 National Dressage Champion. McDonald has also captured team and individual gold medals in the Pan American Games; a team silver medal in the North American Dressage Championships; and first place in the State Line Tack/USET Intermediaire Championships, the World Cup League Final, and the FEI Volvo World Cup qualifier. She has been named AHSA (now USA Equestrian) Equestrian of the Year and US Olympic Committee Horsewoman of the Year. Debbie has trained and competed top-level horses, including Brentina, Beaurivage, and Word Perfect. A native Californian, Debbie and her husband, Bob, run River Grove Farm for Peggy Thomas in Sun Valley, ID.

Instructor certification is a system of recognition by USDF of the individual’s achievement and capabilities as a trainer, instructor, and rider. To be certified means that the candidate has demonstrated the knowledge and abilities necessary to teach the concepts of dressage and meet specified standards and proficiencies.

USDF has designed a series of educational courses to help instructors gain experience and knowledge and become more effective. Workshop programs provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed by developing dressage professionals in the areas of lungeing, teaching, riding, and training. USDF has certified 123 dressage instructors since the inception of the program thirteen years ago.

For more information about the USDF Certified Instructors Program, contact USDF Instructor Education Consultant Melanie Tenney, 860-487-1686 or; Sarah Quick, 859-271-7876 or; or visit

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