FOSH Announces IJA Judge Certification Clinic 
for Gaited Dressage


Contact Person: Teresa Bippen

FOSH Announces IJA Judge Certification Clinic for Gaited Dressage
February 12, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) is pleased to announce its first comprehensive dressage training clinic for the Independent Judges Association (IJA). The purpose of the clinic is to educate and certify dressage judges for gaited horses.

This clinic will establish, explain and expand the discipline of dressage for gaited horses. The uniqueness of each gaited breed will be recognized while reinforcing the principles of dressage training that are true for all horses. 

8th Heaven Farm, Castle Rock, CO will host the IJA Gaited Dressage Judges Certification Training on May 31 - June 2, 2008. Confirmed clinicians include K C Pakins-Kyle, an "L" USDF judge of 18 years, Diane Sept-Sutton, an IJA judge and gaited horse specialist, and Laurie Wolf, an IJA judge and clinician. 

The clinic is open to all current IJA judges as well as those individuals interested in become apprentices to pursue their IJA license for gaited dressage, and any individual who wishes to audit the clinic to learn more about the discipline of dressage and gaited horses. On June 1 as part of the IJA clinic, a gaited dressage competition will be held at 8th Heaven Farm. This competition is open to all gaited breeds with a particular interest in dressage. The competition will serve as a schooling competition to educate both the judges and the exhibitors. It provides the opportunity to supplement classroom knowledge with practical experience.

To attend the IJA Judge Certification Clinic for Gaited Dressage as an IJA judge, apprentice or auditor, please contact the Director of Judges at IJA@fosh.ino If you are interested in attending the gaited dressage competition, please contact Beverly Swanson at 303-688-5727. For more information on the IJA program, please visit the FOSH website at

The IJA was founded in 1998 as a subset of FOSH to provide a source of trained and qualified pleasure horse judges to preside at open, saddle club, and gaited breed shows.

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and in the fight against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, or to become a member, please visit or call 800-651-7993.

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