Bill Woods offers an experience gained through over forty years of working with horses, having ridden literally thousands of them and having taught thousands of riders at all levels. He has an eclectic riding background that began with Eventing, foxhunting, and polo. He is a USEF judge (now “R”) for more than 25 years, and he brings a special perspective to his teaching, which is especially helpful for riders who want to compete. Woods was mentored by Swedish Olympian Maj. Anders Lindgren for more than twenty years. He rode extensively with Tom and Michael Poulin, Louise Nathhorst (SWE), and M. Lockie Richards (NZ), and also Col. Aage Sommer (DEN), Col. Bengt Ljungquist (SWE), and Kathy Connelly. He is a former three-time participant at the storied Violet Hopkins/USDF National Instructors’ Seminars. He then joined its staff in 1985, serving with Col. Sommer, Maj. Lindgren, Eric Lette (SWE), Karin Schlüter (GER), Gerd Politz (GER), Gunnar Ostergaard (DEN), Robert Dover, and Sally Swift through 1991. He was the first American designated by the USDF to conduct official Regional Dressage Instructors’ Workshops. He presented over 30 of them in such diverse locales as California, New York, Arizona, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Alaska. He chaired the USDF Council of Instructors and Trainers for seven years and was largely responsible for pushing to fruition the USDF’s program for instructor certification and the beginning of the USDF’s program of annual National Symposiums. He is the writer, associate producer, and narrator of the Farnam Company’s video “The Official USDF Introduction to Dressage.” He produced two popular instructional videos for Learning Partners: “Putting Your Horse on the Bit” and “Leg Yielding” in the 1980s. He is the “voice” of the annual USDF National Symposium and editor of the symposium tapes each year from 1992 to 2002. Many of these two dozen programs are still occasionally shown on RFD-TV. Woods scripted, edited, and narrated the first “On the Levels” video set for AHSA/USDF in 1995. His articles on dressage have appeared in the USDF magazine Connections and in Dressage Today. He is a member of the Dressage Foundation’s screening committee for Hopkins Grant applicants. He is the author of Dressage Unscrambled, released by Half Halt Press in October of 2009 and now distributed by HorseandRiderBooks.com, a division of Trafalgar Square Press.

By Bill Woods

Dressage Unscrambled