- USEF “S” Dressage Judge
- CEF “S” Dressage Judge
- USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist
- Current Grand Prix Competitor
- Maine Dressage Society Platinum Medalist
- Past Contributing Editor of Dressage and CT
- Past President of Maine Dressage Society 2003-05
- 2002 Organizer of USDF “L” Program for MDS
- Executive Organizer for Dressage in Skowhegan Competition ’01, ’02, ’03
- 2003 Organizer..MDS…Trainers Symposium/Skowhegan, ME with Mr. Bo Jena
- 2009-2010 Television Host of Equus HD South Florida Television
- Contributing writer to Topline Ink Dressage magazine
Ida grew up in the rural mountains of Maine on her parent’s appaloosa breeding farm. There she rode hunt seat/saddle seat/ and western while breaking and showing young stock, eventually becoming the Maine Appaloosa Queen in 1978 and representing Maine at the Nationals in Billings Montana. She showed Apps extensively, received national awards in 4-H programs for Public Speaking, Horsemanship and Health;graduated in 1980 from U.S. Pony clubs of America with the highest rank given an H-A and attended the University of Maine Farmington, Teachers college.
She rode with Mr. Poulin from the age of 11 to 19, benefiting greatly from his experience and variety of schooled dressage horses. She credits Michael with giving her “an elastic seat and the grit” “to get the job done”
At age 19 she went on to study classical dressage over a five year period with Maestro Nuno Oliveira of Avessada Portugal. During this time Ida spent weeks at a time in Portugal riding and studying training techniques, and when Maestro Oliveira would come to America she would haul her FEI (appaloosa/arab) gelding the 13 hour haul to Maryland to study with him.
“To absorb classical techniques of classical dressage from Maestro Oliveira was an opportunity of a lifetime. I spent every minute of the day that I was not riding, sitting in the gallery of his menage watching. It was incredible!!! I credit him with giving me “feel and lightness” and the best basic in In-hand work I have seen anywhere in the world”
In 1985 Ida met and began studying with Frau Maria Zimmer, well known dressage judge from Lubec Germany. She studied with Frau Zimmer in Germany and the U.S. “Maria would give me lessons daily in Germany on her Grand Prix horses and when she came to visit she’d help me train my competition horses. She taught me the German system which is classical when you understand and work correctly…”
It was Frau Zimmer who first encouraged and started Ida in the process of being a dressage judge. Her first judges training began at the Hamburg Derby with Frau Zimmer at her side. Additionally Ida credits Kathy Connelly for developing her FEI test riding skills.
Ida currently works, clinics, and consults with Swedish Olympic coach Mr. Bo Jena˚ and Mr. Arthur Kottas.
Ida and Lord Lakota ( Cody) spent 9 weeks abroad at Flyinge AB the National Stud of Sweden in the fall of 2003 working with Bo Jena director of Dressage Education at Flyinge AB. Ida was invited to teach some at Flyinge and she and Cody competed at a national level competition in Sweden placing 3rd out of 31 .
Ida is a dynamic public speaker, an enthusiastic and articulate teacher capable of explaining and demonstrating correct, effective and elastic riding.
Ida and husband Mark Norris live at their beautiful Mill Pond Farm in Benson, Vermont. Facebook page: Mill Pond Farm