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Judges' Biographies - Performance Division

Elke Ebert (GER) FEI 4*

In addition to his job as a manager in a family business, Elke’s achievements in the equestrian world are admirable. He has received the Golden Riding Award (Goldenes Reitabzeichen), has won classes through Intermediaire II. He has been a 4* International Judge**** since 2007 and, in addition, is a 5* judge for disable riders. Elke is a member of the Dressage Committee (“Deutschen Olympiade Komitee”) which works with pony riders, juniors and young riders. He is also a member of the education committee of the Deutsche Richtervereingung.

Janet Foy (USA) “R” DSHB & FEI 5*

Janet is an FEI 4* judge, USEF “S” Dressage Judge and a USEF Sporthorse “R” Breed Judge. She has judged at major shows in the US including the FEI North American Young Rider Championships, the FEI North American Junior Championships, The USA World Cup League Finals, Dressage at Devon, USET Festival of Champions and FEI shows across the country. Her international judging has included FEI World Cup League Finals and CDI*** in South America, Europe, Canada and Australia. Janet is a member of the USDF Executive Board and the USEF Board of Directors, a member of the USEF Dressage Committee and the International High Performance Dressage Committee. She is also on the USDF “L” Faculty and instructs judges training programs throughout the US for dressage and sporthorse breeding.

Thomas Lang (AUT) FEI 5*

Thomas Lang began his equestrian career competing in dressage and show jumping competitions, continuing with Dressage competitions until reaching Grand Prix and international competitions. He has been a 5*Judge since 2013, judging World Cup Finals and Olympic Games. He has been a Dressage trainer for many years and has trained up to Grand Prix level. He conducts clinics and seminars for judges, trainers and riders.

Kjell Myhre (NOR) FEI 4*, FEI 5*

Kjell Myhre lives in Oslo Norway. He has a BA Hons. Degree in Business Studies from University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. He started his career working for the City Council of Oslo, Department of Education. In 1998, he was offered a position as consultant for training and education at the Norwegian Equestrian Federation, and from 2000 to 2010 he had the position as Secretary General at the Federation. In 2011, he stepped down as Secretary General, and left the federation. After three years working for a small NGO called Hest og Helse (Horses and Health), Kjell Is now back in the equestrian federation working as development consultant, mainly dealing with the riding clubs and their ability to contribute to the main objectives of the federation – Equestrian sport for everyone. Kjell started riding at the age of 12 and has competed nationally up to Intermediate I. He has been a dressage judge since 1990, and became a 4* FEI judge in 2007. In addition to being a FEI dressage judge, Kjell is a 5* FEI Para-dressage judge, and has judged the last 4 Paralympics. Some of his highlights as a 4* FEI judge have been to judge two World Cup qualifiers, as well as the US Championships for junior and young riders in 2011, and the European Championships for junior and young riders in 2013.

Gary Rockwell (USA) FEI 5*

Gary Rockwell is an International FEI 5* Dressage Judge and USDF L Faculty Member. As a member of the United States Equestrian Team, Gary Rockwell represented the U.S. in competition throughout Europe. He and his Danish mare “Suna” won a Team Silver medal at CHIO Rotterdam in 1993 and a Team Bronze at the 1994 World Championships at The Hague, Netherlands. As a USEF judge for more than 25 years, he officiated at many regional finals and national championships. As a FEI judge, he officiated at North American Young Rider Championships, FEI Challenge Tours, European Championships, four World Cup Finals, the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Debbie Rodriguez (USA) FEI 3*

Raised in a military family, Debbie Rodriguez has studied a wide variety of riding styles and training methods in such locations as Virginia and Germany. She started competing in several disciplines, but mostly just had fun riding.

Debbie graduated from Lake Erie College with a dual major in Equestrian Studies and Business Administration. After college she worked in the management of several facilities, among them the Bowie Horse Center, the Prince Georges Equestrian Center, and Drummonds Stables.

She holds USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, and is a USEF ‘S’ dressage judge and a USEF ‘r’ eventing judge. Since 1989 she has been a freelance instructor and trainer in the Williamsburg, VA area. In addition to riding, teaching, and judging Debbie is the show manager of Dressage at Lexington, a favorite USEF/USDF dressage show at the Virginia Horse Center. After becoming certified as an ISSA personal trainer Debbie developed the popular 'Success In The Saddle-a core fitness program for equestrians.

Natacha Waddell (BRA) FEI 4*/YH

Natacha Waddell holds dual citizenship, French and Brazilian, but calls Sao Paulo home. She has been a Brazilian judge since 2003 and an FEI 4* since 2017. She was a CCE/Eventing rider from 1975 to 1980, a jumping rider from 1975 until 1993 and a dressage rider from 1993 to 2015. Natacha has been a trainer for more than a decade and lectures about the importance of flat work. She has been a CDI judge since 2012, judging competitions around the world

Jane Weatherwax (USA) FEI 4*

Jane Weatherwax is a U.S. Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada “S” judge, as well as a 4* rated judge licensed by the FEI.

She judges extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has judged continental championships in both Europe and North America. In 2007, Jane had the honor of judging the Pan American Games in Brazil, and most recently judged the 2012 Olympic Selection Trials at Gladstone.

Jane has been an active trainer and instructor for more than 35 years, and has brought many horses up through the FEI levels. Besides her busy judging schedule, Jane finds time to give several clinics around the U.S., and enjoys working on her lovely garden and vintage home.

Isobel Wessels (UK) FEI 5*

Isobel has been judging internationally since 2000 and became a 5* in 2011. She was officiating at the European Championships in Gothenburg last year and has regularly been a Jury member for Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders as well as the World Breeding Championships for young horses. On a daily basis she trains horses and riders at home and in Europe as well as being the dressage coach for the New Zealand Event Team and will be with them in WEG this year.

She still rides herself and is currently competing her horse Chagall in Grand Prix. Isobel loves the riding and training and is convinced it has helped her to develop her judging skills.

Lois Yukins (USA) FEI 4*

Lois Yukins is a USEF “S” Judge and an FEI 4* Judge. She grew up in Birmingham, Michigan with a background in Pony Club, Hunter/Jumper, and Dressage. She rode for the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She now lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts and has trained several horses and students throughout all levels. Lois is USDF Chair of the L Education Program, and a member of the USDF Judges Committee, as well as a member of the USEF Dressage Committee and the Licensed Officials Committee.

Special Performance Divison Trophies

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The American Trakehner Association Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring Ride at Fourth Level

The Avery Draper Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Ride by a DVCTA Member (any class excluding Freestyle scores).

The Braceland Trophy – To be awarded to the Horse and Rider achieving the highest combined score from the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.

The Chigwell Memorial Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Ride in the FEI Level Classes (FEI Freestyle, Junior and YR excluded).

The Darla Lynn Schwark Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Adult Amateur Fourth Level Rider

The Equine Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Intermediare Ride.

The German Oldenburg Verband Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring Registered Oldenburg in the open classes.

The Gill Trophy, dedicated to Fritz Stecken – To be awarded to the High Score Average of two or more Rides by a Young Rider.

The High Score American Bred Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring American Bred Horse in the Performance Division.

The John “JP” Perry Memorial Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to a person who demonstrates sportsmanship and is a true ambassador for the Equestrian Sports.

The Jolly Roger Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the Junior Rider earning the highest score at Dressage at Devon.

The M.L.T. Trophy – To be awarded to the Groom of the High Score Horse at the FEI Levels.

The Major Hector Carmona Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Averaged Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special Score.

Phyllis Mathews Hammett Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Prix St. Georges Ride.

The Samuel M.V. Hamilton Memorial Trophy (2) - To be awarded to the Best Turned out of Horse and Handler at FEI Horse Inspection at Dressage at Devon(Male and Female)

The Sebastiaan Memborial Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring Registered Dutch Horse in the Performance Division.

The Valerie Kahan Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Adult Amateur Grand Prix Rider (Freestyle scores excluded).

The Watermark Farm Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the highest scoring Grand Prix rider who formerly competed in the North American Young Rider Championships (In any discipline – all countries eligible).

Performance Division Class Awards

Performance Division Winner 2008

The A – Beckett Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the Winner of Fourth Level Test 2 (Sunday)

The Bachelor Bowl Trophy – To be awarded to the winner of the FEI Dressage Test for 5 YR Old Horses (awarded to the winner of Thursday’s class on Friday)

The Brigadoon Challenge Trophy – winner of the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle

The Carolyn Peltz-Hornsby Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Intermediaire I

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Perpetual Trophy – winner of the FEI Grand Prix Special

The Frances and Arthur Robbins Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to winner of Fourth Level Test 3.

The Frauke IX Memorial Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the Winner of the Fourth Level Test 2.

The Fritz Stecken Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Young Rider Individual Test

The General Augustine Smith Janeway, Army of the US, Memorial Challenge Trophy - winner of the FEI Prix St. Georges

The George F. Hammett III Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Young Rider Team Test

The Hobby Horse Hill II Trophy – winner of the FEI Individual Test Ponies

The Independence Dogs Challenge Trophy – winner of the FEI Young Riders Freestyle

The Janine Klein Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle

The Leonard L. and Phyllis M. Evans Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Grand Prix (qualifier for freestyle)

The Phyllis H. Corl Memorial Perpetual Trophy - winner of the FEI Grand Prix "B"