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Julie Kotlarz Franzen - JKF Dressage

FEI rider, USDF Bronze, Silver and NAYRC Medalist, Julie Kotlarz-Franzen has been riding since the age of three and showing since age 5. A native from Michigan, Julie started her equestrian career in hunter-jumpers, competed in eventing, and eventually found her passion in dressage. Julie has trained with top dressage coaches including Rosalind Kinstler, Catherine Haddad-Staller, Julie Julian, Curtis Sage and the team that took her to medals, Tom Poulin and Ryan R. Yap. Julie has expanded her education with clinicians Sue Hughes, Belinda Nairn, Maryal Barnett, Brad Cutshall, Conrad Schumacher, Jennifer Conour, George Williams, Cathy Connelly and most recently Silke Rembacz and James Koford.

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Historical Achievements

Performance & Awards Summary

2017

  • Debut of Zion PK at FEI Prix St. Georges
  • Qualified for USDF Region 2 Championships (Zion PK, Prix St. Georges)

2009

  • Debut of Gramarye and Zion PK at horse shows

2003

  • Completion of Advance Young Rider Graduate Program, Gladstone, NJ

2000

  • Champion, USDF/ABIG Prix St. Georges Junior Young Rider Region 2 (Formal Affair)

1998

  • Champion, USDF Intermediaire-I Junior Young Rider Region 2 (Rushonne)
  • Silver Medal, NAYRC USA Team Region 2 & Team Caption; Parker, Colorado (Formal Affair)

1997

  • Gold Medal Team USA, Cosequin Junior Championships, Washington Int?l CDI, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Rushonne)
  • Champion, USDF/ABIG Fourth Level Junior Young Rider Region 2 (Formal Affair)
  • Champion, USDF/ABIG Third Level Junior Young Rider Region 2 (Formal Affair)
  • USDF Silver Medal
  • USDF Bronze Medal

1995

  • Champion, USDF/ABIG Second Level Junior Young Rider Region 2 (Formal Affair)
  • Champion, USDF/ABIG First Level Junior Young Rider Region 2 (Formal Affair)

1994

  • USDF First Level Junior Young Rider Ranked 6th Place Nationally
  • USDF All-Breed Awards, Ranked 5th Place Nationally, Dutch Warmblood Association Champion, Second Level Junior Young Rider, Midwest Dressage Association (MDA), (Formal Affair)
  • Champion, First Level Junior Young Rider, Midwest Dressage Association (MDA), (Formal Affair)

1992

  • Champion, Training Level Junior Young Rider, Midwest Dressage Association (Little Thunder)
  • USDF Qualified Rider, (Little Thunder)