Below is information on the USDF “L” Program. I’ve pulled information from various sources, and included it below. Additional links are at the bottom.
USDF developed the “L” program as a way to give aspiring judges a solid, established foundation in the basics of evaluating dressage performance in competition.
The goals are to better prepare future dressage judges, and achieve continuous standards in dressage judging.
By the way, I just figured out that the “L” stands for Learner, as in “Learner Judge”. So, now you know. 😉
USDF “L” program needs about 12 demo riders for each sessions. There are three sessions for the first portion of the program, and three parts to the program. Riders get a chance to have a free lesson with the top US judges. They ride and get critiqued in front of 40+ people, auditors and “L” participants.
Session A, B, and C comprise Part 1of the “L” Program, also called ‘A Judge’s Perspective.’ This is the educational foundation of the program.
Session A is an introduction to judging and biomechanics.
Session B is about judging criteria for gaits & paces, movements & figures.
Session C is about collective marks, equitation, rider biomechanics and basics.
“L Is For Learning”, a PDF that gives an overview of auditing the program.
USDF “L” Dressage Judging Program Blog
Training DVD “On The Levels”:
Go to USDF Online Store to Buy “On The Levels”