That's a wrap! I passed my USDF L Program final exam and am officially an L Graduate! I missed graduating 'with distinction' by a pesky little 0.5% so I'll have to bump my score a bit if I want to go on to the 'r' judges training but this has been a mega-educational year!
Some of what I've learned: judging is hard! It takes a really educated eye, quick decisions and consistent methodology. It's not glamorous (none of this is...) but judges have a huge responsibility to the horse and to the sport and it's one of the most important jobs in dressage. They want to give you good scores, and they mean EVERY word and score on your test. Make sure you read all your comments, and learn how to interpret your tests to get the most benefit from the feedback. Thanks to NWDA and USDF Region 4 for the financial support, and to NEDA for hosting a fabulous Part 2 with great USDF faculty and examiners. I was so happy to meet some great new friends and colleagues through the program. I'm looking forward to staying in touch with them!