WHO IS BILL WOODS?
Judging and teaching both at home in Central Florida and all around the country, Bill Woods acknowledges more than forty-five years of experience that can help you better understand and train your horse. He has been active on the national dressage scene since 1980, his dressage specialty arising from a broad background in balance-seat work, both on the flat and over fences. Known for his ability to outline sound, classical goals and to . . .
The tabs at left (or below on your phone) will help you find your way around this site. Take particular note of Bill’s blog: BLAGGO, including the link at the bottom of the Blaggo page which will take you to over 300 archived posts. The QOTM tab connects to nearly one hundred questions sent in by readers seeking advice on all orders of dressage topics. VENI VIDI VIDEO is your gateway to a whole page of dressage videos, both educational and informative. And STORECRAZY is the link to Bill’s on line store.
As many of you know, Bill’s wife of 35 years, Susan Hayes Woods, died in April from complications induced by Early Onset Alzheimer’s.
And here, a recounting of her astonishing David versus Goliath courtroom victory back in 2009. “And as for Woods, our thanks for reminding us that one person still can make a difference in making sure government serves the people justly, even against tall odds.”
Every year at this time I reprint my own run-in with Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish. If you listen to NPR’s Morning Edition you’ll understand:
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
(Originally posted 11-19-10)
Most of us are cheerful prisoners of ritual and tradition and even more so during the holidays. In days gone by for me it was the Thanksgiving Day hunt. That morphed into the less strenuous Thanksgiving Day trail ride. Now it‟s just a group which convenes yearly for turkey, a chance to watch the hapless Cowboys get crushed, and a leisurely postprandial stroll en masse around the back pasture.
Our holiday dinner is a sort of potluck with premeditation. I am always assigned the mashed potatoes. Their manufacture is within the parameters of my skill envelope, and I can take out my repressed dressage hostilities on inanimate objects—specifically red-skinned ones which obviate the need to peel.
I have also latched onto a tradition within a tradition. You may be aware that venerable NPR anchorwoman Susan Stamberg on each Thanksgiving eve faithfully reads on air Mama Stamberg‟s peculiar recipe for cranberry relish. My annual batch pays homage to them both.
AND BE SURE TO . . .
Most recent post: November 16, 2018
AND OLD BLOGS NEVER DIE
The new 2019 USEF/USDF dressage tests are out now! They are effective for four years beginning December 1, 2018. Click right here to see them.
And here to read Bill’s take on them.
AND THEN THERE’S THE BOOK
Click below to be overwhelmed, yea inundated, with a dozen reasons to either read Bill’s DRESSAGE Unscrambled or consign yourself to cups of tepid lemoned water as you listen to Yanni CDs.
THE QUESTION OF THE MONTH IS BACK !
WE INTERRUPT FOR A FORMAL GREETING!
AND NOW MAKE YOUR WAY TO PAGE 2
Think of it as PAGE 1A where more of Bill’s “The Man Who Mistook His Life for Dressage” will be revealed. HIT IT