Cindy Butler | WDAA President

Cindy Butler of Caseyville, IL is the current President of Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA).  She is a carded judge with the following organizations: American Buckskin Registry Association (ABRA),  American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA), American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR), American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Western Dressage Specialty,  Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), Arabian Horse Association (AHA), International Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA),  National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA),  Palomino Horse Breeders Association (PHBA), Pinto Horse Association (PtHA), Pony of the Americas Club (POAC), and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Arabian, Western and Western Dressage.

Cindy received her bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science and Business Administration from William Woods College. She has shown horses most of her life, competing in everything from park harness to pole bending as well as Western Dressage. She has earned multiple World Championship titles and high point awards in the show ring and on the trail.  Cindy has managed horse shows, led equine 4-H, organized judging competitions, and served as President of several local and State equine associations.  She trained horses and taught riding lessons for many years and still conducts Western Dressage Clinics around the country.

Cindy serves on the following USEF committees: the National Affiliates Advisory Group of the National Breeds and Disciplines Council, the National Breeds and Disciplines Council, and the Western Dressage Committee.  She works as an instructor in the WDAA Group Apprentice Judges’ Program and the WDAA Judges’ seminar and serves on many of WDAA’s committees.

Currently, Cindy and her husband own twelve horses: two Quarter horses, a Paint horse, a Morgan horse and eight miniature horses.

The current President of the Western Dressage Association of America serves as the appointee to the National Affiliates Advisory Group of the National Breeds and Disciplines Council. The individual must agree to serve in the seat, and the WDAA will post the procedure and criteria for this appointment on its own website, as well.

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