The Judges

Lisa Schmidt : USEF 'S' Dressage Judge & 'L' Faculty Member

The founder of AADA, Lisa is a USEF ‘S’ Dressage Judge and USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist

Lisa is the first judge to not only have ridden twice in the US National Finals but also to have judged the Finals in 2019. Lisa has trained and shown several horses to Grand Prix. Her current horse, Qrown Prince is on his way to Prix St Georges in 2020. In 2018, he showed Third level with many scores in the 70’s and qualified for the USDF Regional Finals were he was in the top 9 placings. “Prince” also in 2015 won the Region One Championships at Training Level then on to place eighth at the US National Finals at Training level. 

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Melissia Creswick USEF 'S', "R" Dressage Sporthorse & WDAA 'R' Judge

Two time Past President of CDS, Vice President of USDF, Member of USEF Dressage Committee, currently Member of CDS executive board, USDF Sport Horse Committee and editorial board.

Presenter of sport horse Seminar at Hilltop Farm in Colora MD and at Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville, Ca.

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Natalie Lamping USEF 'S' Judge, Retired FEI 4* and Young Horse

Natalie Lamping has judged most of the major Olympic and Pan American Games selection trials for the USET Dressage Team for the last 35 years. She’s been, a long time figure at such important competitions as the NAYRC, Palm Beach Dressage Derby, Dressage at Devon, FOC, and US Nationals. A now retired FEI 4* and Young Horse judge. Natalie is a USEF Senior judge and one of two still actively judging for 51 years.

Natalie is also an examiner for Dressage Judge’s program, and has run many Judge’s Forumns on behalf of the USEF. She has a limited clinic schedule so as not to conflict with her judging scheduling. She has developed many successful horses and riders, many who were young rider or amateurs to the Grand Prix Level.

Natalie’s life has always been about horses, and has she attained vast knowldge from her experiences as a rider, coach, trainer and judge. The first receipient of the USDF Sivler Medal, she has since earned all three medals and has won USDF and USEF year-end awards on several horses throughout her career.


Sue Curry USEF 'S' Dressage Judge & 'L' Faculty Member

Sue Curry Shaffer is a USEF “S” Dressage Judge, and a member  of the  USDF L Faculty. She owns Fairwind Farm in the beautiful Wine Country of Santa Rosa, CA. Sue and her students have been successful for many years in all levels of dressage from Training Level to Grand Prix. Sue has been instrumental in helping many of her riders achieve their goals with multiple students earning their Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. She has competed at the FEI levels for over 20 years and has had multiple horses in the top ten nationally. Sue is a sought-after clinician and respected judge. She has been assistant director for the USEF Para Equestrian Forum at the Dressage Affaire in Del Mar, commentator for both the Dressage Affaire and for the Dressage in the Wine Country. She’s a successful breeder of Oldenburgs. Many of Donnerschlag’s offspring are now competing through the FEI level. Most importantly she is known for her empathetic and positive touch in bringing out the best in riders and their partners. Sue was published in Dressage Today’s March 2014 Edition. In 2018 was awarded the prestigious Sonoma Horse Council Equus Award.


Melonie Kessler USEF 'S' Dressage Judge


Cindy Canace USEF 'S' Dressage Judge


Janet Lee Foy USEF 'S' Judge & FEI 5* Judge


Janet’s interest in dressage started when she lived in Oxford, England, and she passed several British Horse Society Instructor Exams. She is currently an FEI 5* judge and a USEF “S” Dressage Judge. She also serves as an FEI Technical Delegate.

She has judged throughout Europe, Asia and Central America. The FEI appointed her to judge the 2010 Central American Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, the first European Under-25 Grand Prix Championships in Germany in 2016, the World Cup in 2018, the 2018 Central American Caribbean Games as President of the GJ in Bogota and the 2019 European Dressage Championships and Aachen. She was also on the Ground Jury for the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru and will be on the Ground Jury for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She served as the FEI Technical Delegate at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica.

As a rider and trainer, Janet has won her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals and gives clinics throughout the United States. Her students have also won many Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals and National Titles.She writes articles for various horse magazines and was involved in producing and writing the scripts as well as doing the voice overs for several USDF judges training videos and three times for the USDF On The Levels.

She has written two best selling books: “Training the not so Perfect Dressage Horse” and “Dressage Solutions” both published by Trafalgar Press. She has served on the Board of the USDF, AHSA, USEF as well as serving on the current USEF Dressage Sports Committee and International Disciplines Council.


David Schmutz : USEF 'S' & FEI 4* PARA DRESSAGE


David Schmutz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  He starting riding late in life, while in graduate school for his MBA.  He had the great opportunity to ride with a very prominent elderly attorney, who needed one of his three horse exercised.  During many mornings, they would meet at 6am where they would ride the trails of Griffith Park in Los Angeles.   After graduate school, David  purchased his own horse, a thoroughbred, and continued training on the Griffith park trails and local jumping arenas.   

While owning and managing  “The Paddock Riding Club” in Los Angeles, he graduated the USDF ‘L’ Program with distinction and then received his USEF Dressage ‘r’ certification.   

It was while working on his promotion to become a USEF ‘R’ Dressage judge, that USEF offered a clinic on judging Para Equestrian riders.  Through the help of international judges Inger Bryant and Anita Own, David obtained his IPEC (International Para Equestrian Committee) approval.  Not long after, the FEI also began approving these types of competitions, Dave received his FEI card as a 3* Para Judge.  He presently holds a 4* certification. 

David continues to enjoy his dual roles as judging in addition to clinics,  helping both able-bodied and para athletes achieve their best.  See more details on his website at:

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Kristi Wycoki : USEF 'S',FEI 4* Dressage, FEI 5* Para Dressage, Sport Horse Judge


Kristi Wysocki is a FEI 4* Dressage and FEI 5* Para Dressage Judge and FEI Para Technical Delegate. She is also a U.S. Equestrian Dressage ‘S’ Judge and ‘R’ Dressage Sport Horse judge. She has judged many CDIs and CPEDs in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada and Central/South America. She judged the para dressage at both the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the 2017 European Para Dressage Championships. She has judged the U.S. Young Horse Finals, U.S. Dressage Festival, many USDF Regional Championships and the USDF National Dressage Championships numerous times. Kristi has judged dressage sport horse shows such as Dressage at Devon on many occasions and many USDF Breeder Series Finals around the country.

Kristi has successfully trained and ridden many horses from starting youngsters to Grand Prix Dressage. She has competed several horses to the FEI levels, winning many regional and local championships through Grand Prix. She also successfully competed in the CDI arena with multiple horses. She has earned her bronze, silver and gold medals from the USDF along with many of her students. Kristi’s students have included both beginners and FEI level riders that have had success in the international ring; she loves teaching both. She has been presenter at clinics and symposiums in both the U.S. and Canada for dressage, para-dressage and dressage sport horse breeding. She uses her engineering background and understanding of the biomechanics of both the horse and rider to help simplify the concepts while teaching.

She is currently co-chair of the USDF Sport Horse Committee, faculty member for the USDF Sport Horse Seminars, member of the USDF Judge’s Committee, member of the U.S. Equestrian Test Writing Working Group and member of the USDF Proposed Rule Change Working Group. She has previously served on the USEF Dressage Sport Committee, USEF Para Technical Committee and the USEF International Disciplines committees. Her experience on these committees has also enhanced her education and understanding of the sport from the grass roots to the international level. She has been intimately involved in developing the USEF dressage tests for the last 10 years and is the primary author of the current curriculum used for the USDF Dressage Sport Horse Seminars and Judges Training.