Glissade painting by Barbara Hall

Amanda is an USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist.  In 2002, at the age of 21 she became the second youngest to receive the USDF Gold medal, at the time.  Amanda and her self trained horse Glissade competed in the North American Young Riders Championships for USDF Region 4 in 1999 – 2001, winning the consolation final in 2001.  In 2001 they competed in the prestigious USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, placing third in the FEI Young Riders Individual Test.  Amanda and Glissade have competed in the USDF/ABIC Region 4 Championships from first level through Grand Prix including wins in 2000 for Prix St. George and I-1, in 2002 for I-2 and GP, and in 2003 winning the GP Freestyle with a 66%.   On Pip, owned by Barrie Anderson, she has competed at every level from Training Level to Grand Prix.  In 2008, Amanda and Pip won the Lamplight CDI*** I-1, and I-1 Freestyle with a 68.3% and a 68.85%, they also tied for first place in the I-1 and came in third place in the freestyle with a 69.6% at the prestigious Dressage at Devon CDI***.  They also competed in the 2009 USEF Festival of Champions in the Brentina Cup Championship where they finished 4th. In 2010 he helped Amanda win the Watermark Farm Perpetual Trophy at Dressage at Devon for being the highest scoring rider formally competed at the NAYRC in the Grand Prix. Foley had success in 2011 Dressage at Devon, winning the Suitable to be a Dressage Horse for 5 & 6 Year Olds. He was also the winner of the All-American Hanoverian Young Dressage Horse Award for being the highest placed US born Hanoverian being sired by an AHS Elite Stallion in the FEI Young Horse class. Foley earned a 7.72 and 2nd place in the FEI 5 Year Old Test at Dressage at Devon. With Braxton, owned by Kristin Cooper, Amanda won the Fourth Level Dressage at Devon Championship with a 74%.

Amanda has won many USDF year end awards including third place 2000 USDF Horse of the Year (HOY) at I-1 with a 68% median, and eleventh place 2002 USDF HOY at I-2 with a 63% median.  She has also won USDF Horse of the Year awards with client’s horses including 2005 11th place USDF HOY First Level 72.5% median, 2005 9th place USDF HOY Second Level 68.8% median, 2005 13th place USDF HOY Third Level 69% median, and was the winner of the 2005 USDF Musical Freestyle Challenge at Third Level. In 2009, she was 11th place finish at Training Level with a 74%, and was 20th in the USDF HOY Grand Prix with a 65.319% median. In 2010 she had a 7th place USDF HOY finish at Training Level with a 74.4% and an 18th place finish at First Level with a 71.579% median. In 2010 she placed 10th in the USDF Musical Freestyle Year End Award at Grand Prix with a 70.875% median. In 2011, she finished 14th USDF HOY at First Level with a 71.935 median, and 5th place in the USDF HOY at Fourth Level with a 69.91% median.

She has been involved with USDF for 10 years having been a member of the USDF Jr/YR Executive Board, the Region 4 Awards Council member, the Eastern Iowa Dressage and Eventing Association President, and a committee member of the Advanced Young Rider Graduate Program.  She was a participant in the 2002 Dressage Foundation Advanced Young Rider Olympic Dream Program, the Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium and has participated in the USDF Graduate Young Rider Program.  She was a demonstration rider for the 2006 USEF Judges Forum in Lexington, KY, for the 2006 All American Freestyle Symposium, and for the 2006 USDF National Symposium with Ingrid Klimke. She has also been on the cover of the USDF Magazine.

Amanda was a working student for George Williams during the summers of 1999-2001 and clinics with Conrad Schumacher from 1997 – present.  She has also ridden with other clinicians such as Hans Riegler, Henk van Bergen, Volker Brommann, Walter Zettl, Cindy Ishoy, Neil Ishoy, Steffen Peters, Gerhard Politz, Colonel Christian Carde, Robert Dover, Gary Rockwell, Debbie McDonald, Christine Traurig, Susanne Von Dietze, Lars Petersen and Mette Rosencranz.  Amanda Johnson graduated from the University Of Iowa College Of Engineering with a BSE in Industrial Engineering in May of 2004.

Amanda has coached riders to Regional Championships from Training Level through Intermidiare I. Her students received high point and year-end awards from Training Level to FEI, and she has coached students to their USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals.  She accepts all breeds of horses for training and all levels of riders.

A resume for Amanda Johnson can be found here: amanda-leigh-johnson


Amanda and James IDCTA Year End Award Banquet