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May 2016 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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Western Dressage Education!

Find all the WDAA Tests, Guides and lots of great reading materials in our Western Dressage Education Center!

 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

Find A TTT Graduate

The Western Dressage Association® of America has a list of professionals that have graduated from the past few years of Train The Trainer Clinics. If you are looking for an instructor or trainer in your area...
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Follow Us on Facebook

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all of the latest Western Dressage updates from all over the US and Canada.

Find new WD groups, follow your favorite riders, find shows and clinics and connect up with Western Dressage friends in your neck of the woods.

Please Join our rapidly-growing online community...

 

Why Be A WDAA Member?

Ever wondered what it means to be a WDAA member? Sure, you get access to the Social Corral, events, dressage tests, and tons of information on our website; you can participate in high points programs and receive our awesome newsletter each month, but what else?

Why Be a WDAA Member?
 
It is the end of April and snow is still falling! 

Where is Spring? 

Soon the snow will turn to mud and the job of taking winter hair off horses will be complicated by the mud.  I hope those mud baths are fun for the horses.  I am sure that there must be shiny horses under there somewhere!
 
It has been another busy month for the board and staff of WDAA.  Our staff has been “test driving” the software for our Lifetime Points and Awards program.  After looking for existing software platforms, it became apparent that WDAA would have to have custom software created.  The “test driving” went well and our staff is working with the software developer to put the finishing touches on the platform.  I am helping by not touching anything!
 
WDAA has two new state affiliates; one in Alabama and another in Texas.  We have had a large number of calls from members in other states as well.  Our staff works to support these efforts.  Those of you who have been involved in creating a state affiliate know firsthand how much work it takes.  Standing applause for Alabama and Texas and a helping hand to other groups working to form affiliates.
 

 
As the Recognized National Affiliate of USEF for the discipline of Western Dressage, WDAA works closely with both USEF and the USEF Western Dressage Committee.  The membership of this committee has recently been expanded to reflect all of the stakeholders in WDAA.  The committee met by phone last week to work on a variety of issues ranging from education and licensing of Western Dressage judges to promotion for judges, to rule change proposals.  Please go to the USEF website at usef.org and/or the WDAA website for more information on the rule change process.  This is your discipline and we need your input.
 
The WDAA has its internal Rules Committee ably headed by Cindy Butler; this group is reviewing the Western Dressage chapter in the USEF Rule Book to identify any problems that will need to be addressed.  Both of these committees deserve our thanks for their generosity.  Each of these committee members is a volunteer who devotes many hours working on behalf of all of us. 
 
The WDAA Marketing Committee is working on sponsorships for both our association and our World Championship show.  This group has put together a packet of informational materials to provide to potential sponsors and has developed a comprehensive contact list based on the wonderful response from all of you to the recent survey.
 
WDAA continues to focus on our educational mission; at the request of USEF, WDAA recently produced an educational video for USEF Stewards on checking Western Dressage horses. The WDAA Executive Board is working with our show management regarding the Apprentice Judging Program for our 2016 World Championship Show.
 
Just writing this makes me both tired and exhilarated!  This Western Dressage Journey is such great fun! 

Thanks to each of you and go hug a horse!
Ellen DiBella
 

WDAA needs you!

Whether you plan to attend the 2016 WDAA World Championship show as an exhibitor or a spectator or will be joining by live video feed, you can be part of this amazing celebration of Western Dressage.
 
Not only will WDAA hold its Annual Meeting and Honors Luncheon at the 2016 World Championship Show, we will also offer educational opportunities for Western Dressage Judges with our Apprentice Judging Program.  
 
There is a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities and levels to chose from.  Many levels of sponsorship offer box seats, tickets to parties and more.  Your Sponsorship at any level is Tax Deductible!

To place a sponsorship for the show please go to Sponsorship Opportunities

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March/April 2016 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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Western Dressage Education!

Find all the WDAA Tests, Guides and lots of great reading materials in our Western Dressage Education Center!

 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

Find A TTT Graduate

The Western Dressage Association® of America has a list of professionals that have graduated from the past few years of Train The Trainer Clinics. If you are looking for an instructor or trainer in your area...
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Follow Us on Facebook

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all of the latest Western Dressage updates from all over the US and Canada.

Find new WD groups, follow your favorite riders, find shows and clinics and connect up with Western Dressage friends in your neck of the woods.

Please Join our rapidly-growing online community...

 

Why Be A WDAA Member?

Ever wondered what it means to be a WDAA member? Sure, you get access to the Social Corral, events, dressage tests, and tons of information on our website; you can participate in high points programs and receive our awesome newsletter each month, but what else?

Why Be a WDAA Member?
 
Hello from Colorado where we go overnight from a sunny 70 degrees to a blizzard that closes Denver International Airport and most roads. March came in like a lamb and quickly turned into a lion! The horses are getting serious about shedding their heavy winter coats, if anyone needs horsehair to knit a new horse, we can supply it!

It has been another busy month for WDAA. Lots of membership renewals have come in; thank you for your belief in this wonderful new discipline. We have several new affiliates which will be officially announced soon, this is so exciting for all of us. It is the state affiliates that deliver the mission and message of Western Dressage first hand. The wonderful individuals that put time, commitment and often money into the creation of an
affiliate deserve and standing ovation from all of us!
The extremely active CA State Affiliate held a very successful Train the Trainer clinic earlier this month with over 40 attendees! This affiliate has successfully dealt with a long list of challenges; dealing positively with huge geographical distances, creating an Awards Program and starting a Youth Program. More applause for this great group! Visit their website for more information... http://cawda.org

The WDAA Marketing Committee is working hard to find sponsors for our World Championship Show and for WDAA. Below please find the announcement with some wonderful news on this front! Special thanks to Stacia Wert-Gray for spearheading the effort for this exciting sponsorship. Check out the 2016 World Championship website, http://horseshowconsulting.com frequently for updates.

Every day brings new challenges and opportunities. If you have a question, comment or any issues, please feel free to reach out to me and our great staff at [email protected]. You make our Journey special.

Thanks to each of you and go hug a horse!
Ellen DiBella
 

2016 World Show Major Sponsor


WDAA is pleased to announce that the Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau has committed to sponsoring the 2016 World Show at the Silver Spur level.  The bureau contributed $5,000 to help offset show costs for all competitors.  Edmond is located roughly 7 miles from the Lazy E Arena.  It is a college town of approximately 80,000 residents.  Edmond has many hotels (including the show host hotels, restaurants, parks, golf courses and shops to keep you entertained.  The city has become famous for an extensive collection of public art including murals, sculptures, stained glass, and statues.  Historic Route 66 runs straight through the heart of the city.   To learn more about Edmond attractions, please click on the logo.






















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February/March 2016 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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Western Dressage Education!

Find all the WDAA Tests, Guides and lots of great reading materials in our Western Dressage Education Center!

 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

Find A TTT Graduate

The Western Dressage Association® of America has a list of professionals that have graduated from the past few years of Train The Trainer Clinics. If you are looking for an instructor or trainer in your area...
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Follow Us on Facebook

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all of the latest Western Dressage updates from all over the US and Canada.

Find new WD groups, follow your favorite riders, find shows and clinics and connect up with Western Dressage friends in your neck of the woods.

Please Join our rapidly-growing online community...

 

Why Be A WDAA Member?

Ever wondered what it means to be a WDAA member? Sure, you get access to the Social Corral, events, dressage tests, and tons of information on our website; you can participate in high points programs and receive our awesome newsletter each month, but what else?

Why Be a WDAA Member?
 

Coming Up Next Month!


Results from our recent Member Questionnaire!

We had such an overwhelming response and we truly value and appreciate everyone who expressed their thoughts, ideas and comments!

 
I hope that each of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  I told my horses that I loved them and they asked me, “Where’s dinner?”  I am back on a diet; when I add candy to more food than I need and less time in the saddle because of the weather and travel, the results are not pretty.
 
Show season is coming up and WDAA is getting lots of requests for Show Recognition.  As each show is approved, it goes up on our Events Calendar, highlighted and with an active link to the prize list if it is sent to us.  WDAA sets standards for Show Recognition that are intended to provide a level playing field for the participants in our Points and Awards program.  Please check our website http://www.wdaaworldshow.org/show-recognition-information/ for details on the standards for Show Recognition.  If you have a question or a problem, we have some wonderful staff and I am always available as well.
 
We are working hard with our show management team, horseshowconsulting.com, to finalize plans for our World Championship Show.  We are so proud of our judges, our officials and delighted with the new facility at the Lazy E in Guthrie, OK.  In addition to offering the opportunity for world class competition, we hope to make the 2016 WDAA World Championship the most fun competition that you have ever been a part of.  We will come to show our horses, to spend time with old friends, to make new friends and to celebrate being part of Western Dressage!
 
Our show is a USEF show in 2016 for the first time.  I have asked the wonderful staff at USEF to work with me to help introduce you all to USEF.  Everyone there is so excited about Western Dressage and the new CEO, Bill Moroney, is committed to help with introductions.  Some of you come from breeds who are affiliated with USEF so this is old news but many of us are new to the USEF world.  We share a dedication to the welfare of the horse and commitment to a fair and level playing field for all competitors.  What a wonderful partner on our Journey!

Go hug your horse and make our day better!
Ellen
 

More World Show Details

Here are just a few of the offerings at the 2016 Western Dressage World Championship Show
 


























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January 2016 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.
Christmas is back in the boxes and down the basement for another year.  I hope your New Year is off to a great start.  Snow is somewhat fun in December with a white Christmas but by January, it is starting to get a little old for me.  Some of you have had truly dreadful weather.  I send hopes that you and your horses are warm and well.

January means travel for me.  I attended the USEF Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY in mid-January.  I arrived to hear that the CEO of USEF was gone and that Bill Moroney would serve as the Interim CEO.  I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill and serving with him on USEF committees and the USEF Board for several years.  He is an outstanding individual whose commitment to horses, their welfare and horse sport is unparalleled.  He has long been a supporter of Western Dressage.

I attended a number of meetings in Lexington; I serve on several USEF committees as well as representing WDAA and I tried to attend other meetings that might be of interest to WDAA.  I was overwhelmed and delighted with the enthusiasm for Western Dressage.  I spoke with competition organizers, breed representatives, USEF staff, and all were excited by the growth this wonderful discipline.  I was proud to announce that our World Championship show would be a USEF competition in 2016.  At the same time, I told all the Breed and Discipline representatives and the staff of USEF that we would need help providing education for our members about USEF.  I have their promise and will hold them to it.

I will try to write a least one article for each newsletter about USEF and its culture.  USEF is dedicated to the welfare of our horses, which echoes our commitment to “Honor the Horse.”  The rules that fill the USEF Rule Book make this determination to protect our horses very clear.  USEF has a Drug and Medication Department that focuses on both education and enforcement of rules, protecting horses from the dangers of inappropriate and forbidden medications.  The Veterinary Committee is constantly looking for mechanisms to limit dangers to horses and their health while at competitions.  Both of these groups have committed to be active participants in our educational efforts.

USEF is also committed to providing a fair and level playing field for all equine sport on every level from those just entering up through international competition.  There is a knowledgeable and professional staff at USEF who are happy to answer our questions.  The USEF website at USEF.org is a wealth of information.  You will find information about current rules, pending and proposed rules, information about Licensed Officials, information for shows about health alerts and much more. 

I will start packing for our 2016 Judges’ Seminar in the next day or so.  Dini Swanson has been working with Joyce Swanson, Debbie Riehl-Rodruguez, and Cliff Swanson to revise and improve this program.  WDAA offers this two-day program to educate applicants for Western Dressage judging credentials.  This is a first step on a challenging process that is designed to ensure that our Western Dressage competitors have well-prepared judges to adjudicate in our discipline.  This year, Samantha Kline of the USEF Licensed Officials staff will also attend our Seminar.  I am proud of the uncounted time and effort that our clinicians have put into to developing and constantly improving the Judges’ Seminar. 

Go hug a horse and make our day better!
Ellen
 

World Show Update

We are thrilled to announce that starting in 2016, the World Championship Show will be organized and hosted under the WDAA brand. This change includes a new venue, management team, date, and show format. The Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK will be our new host facility for 2016. With stabling for 500 horses, a park-like setting with a large pond, RV park, and indoor facilities large enough for five show arenas with warm-up, the facility offers plenty of room to grow. The Lazy E Arena is located a few miles from Edmond, OK and Oklahoma City is close by.

The show will be managed by Horse Show Consulting with Nora Wert serving as Show Manager and Stacia Wert-Gray serving as Show Secretary. Their website,
www.horseshowconsulting.com, will offer complete information regarding sponsorship, prize list, entry blanks, online entry, exhibitor lists, stabling charts, spectator information, and additional features. The new show format will include many exciting changes designed to enhance the competitor, spectator, and sponsor experience; four days of classes, a $1,000 freestyle stake, expanded awards, exhibitor’s party, silent auction, welcome party, and much more.



















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December 2015 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.
First the leaves turned red and orange, then the leaves were gone from the trees and now the snow is piling up.  I think that it is winter.  Time to send the husband out to put Christmas lights on trees!

This is the time of year when I count my blessings.   I include our wonderful board and our staff on my list.  The board members are all volunteers who receive absolutely no financial support from WDAA; they give their time and talent while living real lives and working at real jobs.   They have to suffer my endless emails asking for input, advice, decisions on issues.  I suspect that they would all love to put me on their "spam" list.

I hope that you will visit our website to meet our staff; they are also challenged dealing with me.  I am a little too old to really understand the Internet and they have to rescue me daily.  They work Social Medial; deal with membership, Points and Awards; answer your questions or find someone who can provide the answers that you need; maintain backup of all of our information and records; update the website and more.  Thanks to each of them for their patience with me and with each of us who needs answers and information.

I number our wonderful volunteers among my blessings.  You email and offer your time and talents to this discipline.  You are learning that I call on you and take advantage of your generosity.  Thank you for caring about our wonderful horses and this discipline.

I count my horses as blessings.  I have eight Morgan horses in the barn; many were born in my lap over the years.  Others have come to me later in life but each is a cherished friend.  Every one of them would have loved Western Dressage; I continue to serve this discipline because Western Dressage would have been a huge benefit for them.  I owe these wonderful horses and all horses as well.   Each of them has a Christmas stocking on the front of their stall; they have special treats for those stockings.  The favorite seems to be homemade nut brittle!  My equine vet has been seen stealing nut brittle from the horses.  If he were not my next door neighbor, I might be upset.

I count my family as my most special blessing.  I have a husband who has never asked what I have spent on my horses over 43 years; he continues to tolerate travel for equine business and endless conference calls.   My children have endured a mother who was always in the barn, traveling to horse shows, and going to meetings. My grandchildren have stacked hay, cleaned stalls, ridden horses and driven tractors; the grandsons were more into the tractors and the granddaughter more into riding the horses!

I hope that each of you will count Western Dressage among your blessings. With the New Year I will recommit to serve this discipline, this association and each of you. I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year.
 
Warmest,
Ellen DiBella
 

Membership Renewal Reminder

Don’t forget your 2016 membership renewals! We’ve sent out a renewal notice to all active members for the 2016 year who have already been converted to the NEW Calendar Year format.

We will continue to invoice existing 2015 members that were not converted to the new format during the first half of the year. If you renewed your membership or joined before July 1st, 2015 please be on the watch for your prorated membership invoice in your email.

All new members, will join at the regular rate and automatically be on the new calendar format.
   
Please note that memberships may be prorated (if applicable) up until June 30th 2016. After July 1, 2016, all renewing members must pay the full year ($25).

If you’d like to get a head start and renew early, just click here: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/renewing-your-wdaa-membership/
 
Thank you for supporting the Western Dressage Association of America by renewing your annual membership.
 

Give the Gift of Membership

Why not give the gift of WDAA membership in the new year? Member Membership Benefits include: access to WDAA Western Dressage Tests, Educational Tools and Resources; our Cornerstone Education Programs; Points and Awards program; Social Corral; a flourishing State Affiliate Community and Breed Alliance Partnerships; and access to our events and training clinic listings.

Basic membership is only $25. Or, show your commitment to the WDAA with a Gold, Silver or Founding Pioneer Lifetime membership.
 

Meet The Staff

Deirdre is our Online Operations Manager, otherwise known as our IT specialist and website guru.

http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/board-of-directors/staff/deirdre-davenport/
 
Kaili is our Social Media Marketing Manager and hails from Ventura, CA.

http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/board-of-directors/staff/kaili-graf/

 

 

Horse & Rider of the month

December’s Horse & Rider of the month is the delightful duo, Peggy Riley and Jetalito Sunny Step. They saw great success at the World Championships this year and have participated in Western Dressage since 2011. They hail from Alabama, but are originally from much further away!

Read their story here: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/featured/december-horse-rider-of-the-month-peggy-riley-jetalito-sunny-step/
 

Judge’s Seminar

The Western Dressage Association of America is hosting a Judge’s Seminar as part of the International Equine Judging Seminar (IEJS) at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, OK on February 1st and 2nd, 2016.

This seminar is an integral part of the Judge’s Education program offered by the WDAA and is considered the first step in the process to attain USEF Western Dressage judge’s licensing. The clinic is taught by Joyce Swanson, Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez and Cliff Swanson. Samantha Klein ,USEF Director of Licensed Officials will also be in attendance.

Early bird registration fee of $350.00 is valid up until Dec 25th. Registration increases to $375.00 until Jan 25th, and $400.00 after that. Auditors are welcome.

If you’d like to learn more or register for this program, click here: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/western-dressage-judges-education-program/
 

Consider Donating to WDAA this Holiday Season

The Western Dressage Association of America is a 501c3 non-profit association, and as such, relies on membership and donations to keep running. Why not consider a gift that will make a big impact to your favorite organization? Consider donating to the WDAA this holiday season. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. No amount is too large or small.

Please consider helping us to fulfill our mission: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/donate/


TTT Clinic in March

The California Western Dressage Association is hosting the first Train the Trainers clinic of the year on March 9-10th at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA. The Train the Trainers™ program is designed educate professional trainers, judges and Western Dressage enthusiasts who want to learn the standards of Western Dressage and how to train, hold clinics, show and judge this exciting new discipline.  A Certificate of Completion will be provided to all clinic graduates.  The WDAA lists all TTT graduate trainers on the WDAA website. Amateurs may also attend, being awarded an Amateur Certificate of Completion. Please note that you must be a current WDAA member to attend.
 

The second WDAA Train the Trainers™ clinic of 2016 will be in Michigan - stay tuned for more details!
 

Follow Us on Facebook

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all of the latest Western Dressage updates from all over the US and Canada.

Find new WD groups, follow your favorite riders, find shows and clinics and connect up with Western Dressage friends in your neck of the woods.

Please Join our rapidly-growing online community...

 
Congratulations to our December photo caption contest winner; Shirley Branston from ON, Canada. Shirley will be the proud recipient of some WDAA-logo swag, and all the bragging rights to go along with it!
 
The Ohio University Southern Equestrian Team had the opportunity to take a journey to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete at the WDAA World Championship Show.

We were able to go on this amazing journey because we were awarded a $1500 grant through the United States Equestrian Federation and the WDAA Grant Program for Youth and Collegiate Equestrians.
 

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November 2015 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2015 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.
Last month the leaves on the trees were red and gold; now, they are hidden under the snow drifts. Our horses tie us to the seasons. They grow winter coats to prepare for the weather they know is coming. The days grow shorter and our time to ride each day also grows shorter. This is our time to plan and to prepare for next year.
 

WDAA has just finished our 3rd World Championship show and our 6th Annual Meeting. For the Executive Board this is time for us to prepare our report card; to assess what we did well, what we must do better, and what we must change. This year, we had some wonderful members who made time to work with the Executive Board to take on all of these tasks. The enthusiasm for Western Dressage and the positive energy of these generous members has energized the Executive Board.
 
With the wonderful energy and input at our Annual Meeting, we worked through rule change proposals coming from both individuals and the USEF Western Dressage Committee. Attendees listened to presentations on finances and governance for WDAA. The Honors Luncheon was a highlight; giving us an opportunity to recognize a very special Western Dressage Champion, JB's Raising the Bar, and our Top Hand, Joyce Swanson. Joyce has consistently stepped up as a volunteer for the Education Committee, our Group Apprentice Judging, and development of our Western Dressage tests. Dr. DeRoy White of the Sapulpa Equine Clinic joined us for lunch, sharing his expertise in a presentation about equine dentistry.
 

Friday morning found us all at the Fairgrounds for live education. Several talented horse and rider combinations rode tests with live judging, giving each of us live feedback from a judge evaluating a ride. Cliff and Joyce Swanson worked to show legal and illegal equipment, bits and more. We learned how to correctly tie a mecate with a bosal and how use a double rein using a bosal. Our heads were spinning, but we were all smiling. There is nothing like being around a horse at an equine meeting. They remind us why we do this!
 
As president, I have a very long "To Do - Immediately" list. I keep trying to cross things off, but new To Dos appear even more quickly. The good news is that we have a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm following a great meeting and World Championship Show; the bad news is that it’s imperative we capture and direct all of that wonderful energy before we lose that momentum. The Executive Board will be on task to accomplish this goal. We are delighted to welcome a new board member, Janet Lee Parker, to our Executive Board.
 
I would like to thank the board members and volunteers who stepped up to work on the meeting and the show. Holly Clanahan was on deck for both our meeting and our show; she is a small person who has a great heart and an even larger commitment to Western Dressage. Darrell Bilke and his management team from Pinto were pretty much tied to the Fairgrounds keeping the show running. Guy Brown was able to join us as well and Karen Homer Brown worked so very hard on rules presentation and facilitating the Group Apprentice Judging. Dini Swanson and Cath Lindsey worked during the meeting and show; Dini as our volunteer Events Coordinator and Cath Lindsey as part of our Video Education Committee filming interviews, presentations, and more.
 
I believe that 2016 will be an extraordinary year for WDAA and for Western Dressage. We are working on new tests for 2017.  We have an amazing Marketing Committee on task; creating a significant base of commercial sponsors for WDAA and a focused World Championship sponsorship program. The Train the Trainers team is ready to go for 2016 with two clinics already scheduled. Our Video Education Committee has created a library of materials for use. WDAA is reconstituting old committees and populating new committees with support materials.
 
The horses may be resting up for next year but the board, staff, and volunteers of WDAA are hard at work. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and go hug a horse!

Thanks,
Ellen DiBella
 

2015 WDAA World Championships Report:

The WDAA hosted their third annual World Championships on November 6-8th at the Ford Built Tough Arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With unprecedented class sizes, impressive test scores, and horsemen and women attending from all over the United States and Canada, the show was an overwhelming success!!
 
Bradie Chapman: “It was a wonderful experience for all of us that were there representing Ohio University Southern. I love being a part of the growth this discipline has made so far.”

Friday morning began with a number of our members participating in two educational opportunities. The Judge’s View clinic allowed participants an insight to Suitability and Hack rail classes and what our judges look for. Four volunteers rode a class and judge Joyce Swanson provided real-time feedback and scoring. Cliff and Joyce Swanson also presented “From the Horse's’ Mouth” - a hands-on presentation about bits, legal equipment, and hand position.
On Friday afternoon amidst the buzz of excitement and nerves, our riders tested their ability in Equitation, Hack, and Suitability rail classes. Saturday morning saw the commencement of dressage tests judged across four arenas. In the Ford arena on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, we hosted our freestyle dressage tests. This year the WDAA allowed costumes in the freestyle and we saw everything from traditional medieval costumes to Maleficent and Lady Gaga! This was a highlight for many of our riders and audience.
 
Mary Lynne Zylstra: “I had an awesome time with my Michigan entourage! Thank you for putting on a great show.”
 
In conjunction with the USEF, the Western Dressage Association of America offered a Group Apprentice Judging program during the 2015 WDAA World Championship show. Headed by judge Janet (Dolly) Hannon and assisted by Joyce Swanson and Karen Homer Brown, participants had the opportunity to learn and practice their judging skills with classroom instruction, sideline judging, and scribing.
 
A special congratulations goes to the recipients of our USEF Grant, the Ohio South University Equestrian Team. This determined equestrian team worked all year to secure the necessary funds to attend this year’s World Championships, and the USEF grant allowed them to defer the cost of shipping their horses to Tulsa to compete.
 
The WDAA would also like to thank our three Para-equestrian riders for an exceptional Western Dressage demonstration on Friday evening. Their dedication and participation will help us grow Western Dressage involvement in the Para-equestrian world.
 
A special thank you must be extended to our four judges, Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, Sue Malone-Casey, Robin Brueckmann, and Barbara Ebner. The WDAA would also like to thank the Pinto Horse Association for hosting us, as well as Stacia and her team from Horse Show Consulting for their hard work and dedication in managing our show and getting those test scores out quickly and accurately!
 
Cynthia Terry Collins: “Thanks for wonderful show. The organization is still learning and growing. Very exciting to be involved.”
 
The WDAA World Championships of 2015 was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The culmination of the hard work and dedication of not only our devoted staff, board members, and volunteers, but also each and every competitor, their horses, and their family and friends. We send out a heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of you; thank you for your participation and your continuing support. We’ll see you next year!
 

Membership changes:

In July of 2015 the WDAA Board unanimously voted to convert to a calendar year membership. This is a more efficient method of maintaining and processing memberships, and makes it easy for you, our members, to know when to renew. 2015 memberships were prorated starting in July to coincide with the new January 1st start date. We are excited to launch this in a few short days - look out for your 2016 membership renewal emails!
 
We will continue to invoice existing 2015 members that were not converted to the new format during the first half of the year. If you renewed your membership or joined before July 1st, 2015 please be on the watch for your prorated membership invoice in your email.
 
All new members, simply will join at the regular rate and automatically be on the new calendar format.
 
If you’d like to get a head start and renew early, just click here: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/renewing-your-wdaa-membership/
 
Thank you for supporting the Western Dressage Association of America by renewing your annual membership.

 

New Board Member:

We are thrilled to welcome a new board member this month, Janet Lee Parker. Hailing from Nampa Idaho, Janet brings a lifetime of experience in varied equestrian disciplines. With her 14.3h foundation-bred quarter horse, she’s explored the application of dressage to many traditional western disciplines, earning championship after championship. With a background in business, as a paralegal, and in finance, Janet brings an amazing background and skill set to the WDAA. We are delighted to welcome Janet to our board!
 
Read more about Janet and our current board members here: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/board-of-directors/executive-board/janet-lee-parker-secretary/
 

Awards Luncheon:

During our Awards Luncheon at the WDAA Annual Meeting, we presented our two annual awards. The Top Hand Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the WDAA. The Hall of Champions Award is given to a deceased horse who has won Reserve or Champion titles in Western Dressage at either a breed Championship show or the WDAA World Championship show.
 

This year's Top Hand was Joyce Swanson

Following is the speech given by Board President, Ellen DiBella at our Awards Luncheon.
 
Each year the Western Dressage Association recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution to the association and to the discipline of Western Dressage. I am proud to present this award to Joyce Swanson.
 
Where do I begin the very long list of Joyce’s contributions to WDAA? I guess at the beginning. Joyce has trained and shown horses of many breeds as winning pleasure, dressage and driving horses. She is an outstanding instructor who brings a special ability to communicate with her students; she approaches each horse as an individual with strengths to build on and weaknesses to be overcome with tack and patience. She has always brought her dressage background to training her horses in all disciplines and in teaching riders.
 
For more than five years, Joyce has been the one who has taken on huge projects from writing the Western Dressage tests to watching literally hundreds of hours of videos looking for material to use in a variety of educational videos to teaching at the Judges’ Seminar to volunteering to teach at the Group Apprentice judging program this year. Joyce is an ‘R’ licensed judge in Western Dressage; she holds a large number of USEF judging cards in breeds as well as a Reining card. Joyce’s video illustrating the special athleticism of the western working horse demonstrated in reining, cutting, team penning, ranch work, and more is an essential part of training Western Dressage judges.
 
Joyce is critical of herself and not of others; Joyce sets very high goals for herself but sets reasonable goals for her horses and her students; Joyce celebrates her horses her, her students, her family and       friends, Joyce celebrates Western Dressage. A number of years ago, Joyce danced her wonderful Morgan stallion, Cedar Creek Quartermaster, in a memorable pas de deux with Holiday Compadre for the closing ceremonies of the International Path Meeting. I was fortunate to be able to watch this first Western Dressage pas de deux. The audience waved their hands to cheer; this is a tradition in the para community. I am again fortunate to be here today to present the Top Hand Award to Joyce. We can cheer her out loud today. Won’t you join me in applauding Joyce and her generous contributions to Western Dressage!
 

JB's Raising the Bar was this year's recipient of the Hall of Champions award

After seeing a video of this colt as a yearling - free gaiting to perfection while being ponied off of another horse, Blankenship Stables & Brandreth Farms knew this would be the one that would be able to do it all. He was purchased by Brandreth Farms and renamed JB’s Raining The Bar - and raise the bar he certainly did. He was sent to Blankenship Stables to be started under saddle and trained for the 3-year-old Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association’s Versatility Futurity.
 
The beginning of Bar’s amazing career started when he won the MFTHBA Open Western Pleasure World Championship, one of the youngest horses to have claim this honor - then he went on to win Reserve World Champion Open English Pleasure.
 
Tori said, “He was the easiest horse I have ever worked with and an absolute pleasure to start under saddle. Kind, loving, intrigued & genuinely interested in his training work  Like the teacher’s pet - always wanting to do his best to please. The fact that he was a stallion never limited him - he was always a true gentleman”.
 
Bar returned to Brandreth Farms for trail riding & pasture time, after very successful 3 & 4 year old competitive years. His owner John became his primary rider then, and would visit Blankenship Stables from time to time for coaching or working on areas that needed finessing. Also targeting new skills that would be developed for Bar to continue his show career - with his best friend & owner in the saddle.
 
2014 was the first year that the Western Dressage Association of America had added gaited classes to their WDAA World Championship Show. Brandreth Farm entered 3 of their outstanding Fox Trotting horses to be exhibited by John, daughter Isabella, and their trainer Tori Blankenship.  A last-minute change of plans, then change of plans again - dialed in Tori to be Bar’s exhibitor.
 
Tori said, “That was like winning the horse show lottery! Riding Bar is like slipping on my favorite pair of jeans; he feels what you think and focuses into the movements so gracefully. Bar carried me to the 2 WDAA World Champion & 2 WDAA Reserve World Champion wins. It was almost like he was saying, I‘ve got this Sister - you just relax and enjoy the experience.”.
 
The future was so bright and held so much promise, to showcase the athletic abilities of this young, gaited stallion. It seemed there was no limit to what he could accomplish, with ease and natural ability. He would continue to raise the bar in so many more ways.
 
Four months after the WDAA 2014 World Championship Show, Brandreth Farms suffered a tragedy that resulted in the loss of 5 horses’ lives. 
 
Bar was one of them. He was 6 years old.  
 
Last year the Brandreths had bred their multiple award-winning mare to Bar twice, his first breeding attempt. Both times the veterinarian report showed that the breeding - did. not. take.
 
Miraculously, on June 30, 2015 Bar’s son was born. 
 
JB’s Phoenix Rising. A true miracle - rising from the ashes.
 
By the grace of God, JB’s Raising The Bar’s legacy will continue. It is an honor for the Western Dressage Association to add JB's Raising The Bar to our Hall of Champions.

 

Lifetime Performance Award Program:

We have recently launched our Lifetime Performance Award Program, allowing horses to accumulate points by participating in recognized shows around the country. Points follow the horse and are awarded for dressage tests of all levels and rail classes (suitability, hack, and equitation).

Get a head start on the 2016 competition year by registering your horse here: http://www.wdaaworldshow.org/wdaa-horse-performance-awards-program/
 

Facebook promo:

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all of the latest Western Dressage updates from all over the United States and Canada. Find new Western Dressage groups, follow your favorite riders, find shows and clinics, and connect up with Western Dressage friends in your neck of the woods.

Join our rapidly-growing online community by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/WesternDressageAssociationAmerica/
 
 

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

t is important to examine horses’ teeth on a regular schedule and to correct disorders early in their development. Dental care, vaccinations, de-worming and a good nutrition program should all be part of a preventive medicine program for horses.
 

Lifetime Points & Awards Program

The very first enrollment into the new WDAA Lifetime Performance & Points program is Tango, a Paint Gelding owned by Jessica Shier of Ortonville, Michigan. Please read her story below about how she came to own Tango and their journey into Western Dressage!
 
 

Member Spotlight

WDAA member Bud Blankenship has recently been inducted into the MFTHBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his distinguished service to the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association and a lifetime of dedication, education and promotion of this wonderful breed.
 
 

Breed Alliances



 
 

Corporate Sponsor



International Alliance Partners


           
 
 
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October 2015 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2015 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral network where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
 

Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Western Dressage & Autumn Colors!

Happy Fall to everyone! 

The leaves are still green on the trees but the horses are working hard on winter coats; the hay shed is full of home grown hay; the flies are getting lazy.  It must be Fall!

Perhaps because I have seen the start and growth of Western Dressage and WDAA from the beginning, I am focused on touching base with members to be sure that this educational association is always on the right track to meet the needs of our members and to fulfill our educational mission.  I hope to challenge everyone attending our Annual Meeting to work with our board to chart our Journey forward.  I hope that many of you will be at this meeting to help us.

WDAA launched a committee initiative in 2015; the Executive Board identified several areas where the board needed member input and assistance.  You can look to the website in the next few weeks for more information on committees and their membership.  WDAA is constantly eager to identify new volunteers.  I would like to challenge each of you to step up and help to guide our Journey.  I cannot promise that I will be able to fix every problem, but I can promise that I will respond to each and every email that you send to me.  You can reach me at [email protected].

Western Dressage needs your thoughts, your energy, and your enthusiasm.  This is not an easy Journey but it is so worthwhile.  We have wonderful horses to partner with; we have wonderful new friends to make!  I can’t wait.  Will you join me on our Journey?

See you in Tulsa,
Ellen DiBella
 

How Are We Doing?

The Western Dressage Association® of America highly values the perspective of the many riders and supporters sharing this journey.  As such, we are seeking your feedback on important factors of membership with the WDAA, the benefits for you and the significance of the organization in your life.  We hope that you will take a few minutes to share your experience with us.

Complete Survey Now...

World Show Events & Activities

Entries are flooding in for the 2015 WDAA World Championship Horse Show. Hurry and don't miss your chance to experience the excitement. This year USEF WD and WDAA offering a Group Apprentice Judging program at the 2015 WDAA World Championship show on November 6, 7 and 8 2015.  Janet (Dolly) Hannon will be the judge directing this program; she will be assisted by Joyce Swanson and Karen Homer Brown who are clinicians for the WDAA Judges Seminar.

Get Registered Now!

Watch Interviews from the 2014 WDAA World Show. When it comes to telling about the Journey that Western Dressage offers, no one tells the story better than our exhibitors.  We had an opportunity to visit with a wide variety of riders at the 2014 WDAA World Championship Show; here are there stories.

Watch Them Here...

We have a special treat this year, WDAA invited several Para-Equestrians to demonstrate Western Dressage tests. We are so excited to have the opportunity to see these para Western Dressage athletes show us what amazing riders they are.  Western Dressage seems to be a great fit for para equestrians.

Read More about Para-Equestrians...

 


Annual Convention

The Western Dressage Association® of America is in the final planning stages for our Annual Convention. You can see more about the schedule for the meeting and get all of the details at http://www.wdaaworldshow.org/annual-convention/.   Once again, we will spend time at the Expo Fairgrounds for live presentations.  Our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency, is offering a special rate; please make your reservations early to take advantage of that rate. 

Register Now to Attend!

Become a World Show Sponsor

We greatly appreciate any sponsors who will be making the 3rd Annual WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show possible. This event is a celebration of every ride, every horse and rider partnership and every generous sponsor who joins us in the journey.

Become a Sponsor Now...

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DRESSAGE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS


Get'em while we still have them at discounted prices!

The WDAA has an overage in inventory of Dressage Illustrated Test Books... From Intro all the way through Level 2 and even a few Instructors Books that contain the Freestyle Tests. We will be offering them at a discount to all who wish to purchase

Go Shopping Now!

 

New Equestrian Grant Program

The Western Dressage Association of America is proud to announce a matching grant program to assist High School and Collegiate Equestrian teams who plan to travel to compete at the WDAA World Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, OK on November 6, 7, 8 2015.
 

Pinto Heritage Foundation

The Pinto Heritage Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce a new scholarship: the Doris Ann Hays Memorial Youth Scholarship. The Pinto Heritage Foundation takes great pride in preserving the Pinto past and supporting the future.

 
 

New Educational Resources

The WDAA announces new educational materials available to help riders learn the WDAA tests and progress in their western dressage journey. Each dollar spent via these educational vendor links helps aid the WDAA’s educational mission and programs.
 
 

Breed Alliances



 
 

Corporate Sponsor



International Alliance Partners


           
 
 
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Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2015 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

TTT Education Program

Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, members of the WDAA Advisory Board to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Summer Fun

For many of us summer is the season of horse shows and holidays, having ‘fun in the sun’ and experiencing special moments.  WDAA knows that many of you are out enjoying this time with your horses and we hope that you will share your adventures with us on our Facebook page, in the Social Corral or by submitting a blog piece and photos for our website.  

While enjoying summer, the WDAA is also in preparation for our favorite events of the year – the WDAA Annual Convention and WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show!  We are updating our World Show website at wdaaworldshow.org each time new information is released.  We hope that you will partake in these amazing events as a participant, exhibitor, vendor, enthusiast or even sponsor!  Your support for the discipline helps us bring the beauty and education of Western Dressage to more horse lovers.

Finally we hope to get your thoughts.  The feedback and insight of our members, friends, supporters and riders is so valued when it comes to the design and development of the programs associated with Western Dressage.  This newsletter contains a link to a brief survey that will help the WDAA with determining additional educational offerings and business partnerships.  Please take a few minutes to give us your ideas and comments.

As the daylight hours starts to shorten and our equestrian tans fade away, we hope you have many new, sweet summer memories to last forever!   

How Are We Doing?

The Western Dressage Association® of America highly values the perspective of the many riders and supporters sharing this journey.  As such, we are seeking your feedback on important factors of membership with the WDAA, the benefits for you and the significance of the organization in your life.  We hope that you will take a few minutes to share your experience with us.

Complete Survey Now...

World Show & Annual Convention

Mark your calendars for November 4-8, 2015!  Plan to join the Western Dressage Association® of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma for our Sixth Annual Convention and the Third WDAA World Championship Horse Show.  The Hyatt Regency in downtown Tulsa will host both the Annual Convention as well as exhibitors and spectators for the World Championship Show at world class Built Ford Tough Livestock Arena at Expo Square.  The Pinto Horse Association will once again manage the show for WDAA.

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World Show Sponsors

We greatly appreciate any sponsors who will be making the 3rd Annual WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show possible. This event is a celebration of every ride, every horse and rider partnership and every generous sponsor who joins us in the journey.

Become a Sponsor Now...

New Breed Alliance Partner with NWHA

The WDAA is excited for the educational and competitive opportunities which this breed alliance can offer for gaited horses and members of the NWHA to explore additional chances to learn, grown and train to the maximum benefit of the horse and rider partnership.
 
 

We Still have a few left in stock...

DRESSAGE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS


Get'em while we still have them at discounted prices!

The WDAA has an overage in inventory of Dressage Illustrated Test Books... From Intro all the way through Level 2 and even a few Instructors Books that contain the Freestyle Tests. We will be offering them at a discount to all who wish to purchase

Purchase Books Now

 

New Executive Board Members

The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is proud to welcome Linnea Sidi and Mike Baker as members of its Executive Board of Directors.
 

New Educational Resources

The WDAA announces new educational materials available to help riders learn the WDAA tests and progress in their western dressage journey.
 

WDA of Florida

Many great things developing for the November Championship weekend! Mark your calendars for Nov. 14-15 at the The Grand Oaks Resort. Not just a competition--lots to do!

Breed Alliances



 
 

Corporate Sponsor



International Alliance Partners


           
 
 
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March 2015 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2015 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

TTT Education Program

Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, members of the WDAA Advisory Board to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.
 

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

At times like this when half the country is buried in mountains of snow or stuck inside due to the bitter cold, it is hard to believe that spring is right around the corner.  But for the WDAA a new year of Western Dressage activities is blooming!

Whether it is cultivating relationships with our friends at the American Morgan Horse Association, nurturing new partnerships like our Illinois Affiliate, or offering growth through education with our Judges Education Program or forthcoming Train the Trainers™ in Oklahoma – the WDAA is abounding with new developments. 

So instead of succumbing to cabin fever we encourage you to visit the WDAA website and social media pages to follow the many happenings and to begin planning your Western Dressage year!

The First WDAA Train The Trainers™ Clinic to be held in Oklahoma

On May 5 & 6, 2015 in Pryor, OK hosted by the WDA of Oklahoma

The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of Oklahoma will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in Pryor, OK on May 5 & 6 2015.  The purpose of the Train the Trainers™ program is to educate professionals who want to learn how to train, hold clinics and judge Western Dressage.

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WDAA Welcome a New State Affiliate - WDA of Illinois

A New Journey Begins in Illinois with a super-charged up group of go-getters... they plan on taking Illinois by storm! You can visit their Website at www.WDAIllinois.org or their WDAIL Facebook Page
Here's an excerpt from their article they wrote about their Affiliate process...


We learned that Western Dressage is the fastest growing equine discipline ever endorsed by USEF. By the end of the convention, we had met some great people, including our own State’s Freestyle World Champion, Nell Tekampe. Everyone was really supportive and people gave us loads of ideas which inspired more of our own ideas and we were spinning out of control again, only this time it was with plans to pull Illinois into the future of WDAA.

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WDAA - SAVE THE DATE!!!

The Western Dressage Association® of America is has a wonderful week of Western Dressage excitement planned for this fall! Plan to join the Western Dressage Association® of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma from Nov 4th – Nov 8th, 2015 for our 6th Annual Convention and 3rd Annual WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show which is open to all breeds.

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DRESSAGE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS


Get'em while we still have them at discounted prices!

The WDAA has an overage in inventory of Dressage Illustrated Test Books... From Intro all the way through Level 3 and even a few Instructors Books that contain the Freestyle Tests. We will be offering them at a discount to all who wish to purchase

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WDAA Booth at the 2015 AMHA Convention
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AMHA Convention

Lots of Morgan fun and excitement took place at the 2015 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Awards Gala and Convention. This annual gathering of Morgan members and enthusiasts took place February 27-28 in Minneapolis.
 

One Hand or Two?

There seems to be some confusion about whether it is OK to use one hand or two hands with either snaffle or curb bits in Western Dressage.  Now what’s the difference between the two types of bits and why the two-handed as opposed to one-handed controversy?
 

WDA of Michigan

2014 was a very busy year for Western Dressage Association® of Michigan (WDAMI). We worked hard to promote Western Dressage class offerings in existing Schooling Shows. This excitement carried over into our board and we proceeded to develop a Year-End Awards Program.

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December 2014 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2014 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.
 

TTT Education Program

Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, members of the WDAA Advisory Board to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.
 

WDAA Professional Directory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!
 

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

It was the Year of the Horse!

In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance.  The Year of the Horse 2014 promised a lot of new things, not least of all adventure, excitement and romance for those who were looking. 

As we reflect on the past year, we do so with such pride as the WDAA and Western Dressage has flourished tremendously. Besides adding 3 new Board of Directors, who stepped up and took on the roles with reverence and enthusiasm, we celebrated with a year of learning and opportunities related to our favorite equine friends. 

Educational seminars for Judges and Trainers were held throughout 2014.  Our State Affiliates and Alliance Partners continued to host local and national events to share the benefits of Western Dressage. And we ended the year with a BANG at the 5th Annual Meeting and 2nd Annual WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show that grew over 300%.

Read more about what transpired in 2014 in our news blog titled "President's Address by Guy E. Brown".

As we move forward into the new year... it promises to be filled with even more education, excitement and of course horses!  We can't wait to share the Journey with you!
 

2015 Executive Board of Directors:

Guy E. Brown - President
Darrell L. Bilke - Vice President
Ellen DiBella - Secretary
Karen Homer-Brown
Lisa Blackstone
Holly Clanahan
Tori Blankenship
Jennifer Keeler


WDAA Western Dressage Judges Education Seminar

On January 26-27, 2015 the WDAA will offer its second Western Dressage Judges Seminar in conjunction with the International Equine Judges Seminar hosted by the Color Breed Council.

This opportunity will offer a wonderful educational experience to judges!  We would love to offer this event to as many that wish to attend! To reserve your spot or get more details about this educational opportunity...

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LAST CHANCE to get your WDAA World Championship Show Apparel!

The WDAA General Store offered 2014 World Show Apparel and we will be taking the items off in a couple of weeks. There's still time to get something you may have wanted... or treat yourself to regular WDAA Merchandise as a present to yourself this Holiday Season!
 
The WDAA has an overage in inventory of Dressage Illustrated Test Books... From Intro all the way through Level 3 and even a few Instructors Books that contain the Freestyle Tests. We will be offering them at a discount to all who wish to purchase

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We need your 2015 Western Dressage Events!!!

As an added benefit of being a WDAA State Affiliate, or a member of the Western Dressage Association® of America, we have an Events Calendar that is available for your use to promote your Western Dressage events and activities.

Please use the provided submission form (Click Here for Submission Form) to send us notice of any type of event that relates to Western Dressage. We have a huge following on all our social media pages, plus 700+ hits per day on our website! If your event or show is NOT listed, they cannot find you!

WDAA State Affiliates... this means you too! Let's get the calendar so filled up, that we have every single DAY of each MONTH filled!

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World Show Stories

"West to East… and Back Again by Jec Ballou. Read this great story about Jec Ballou's trip to the World Show as well as several others from members who shared their World Show jpourney!
 

WDAOK Futurity

On Nov. 8, WDAOK hosted its first Western Dressage Futurity, sponsored by Feed in a Drum and Permissive Will Ranch, for 3- and 4-year-old horses who have never been shown under saddle.
 

WDAA World Show

Webster’s dictionary defines diversity as “the state of being diverse; variety” or a “range of different things”. While the description is certainly adequate, it fails to capture the education...

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October 2014 Newsletter

WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show & Annual Convention! Check it Out!!!
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WDAA World Show Booth

Be sure to stop by the WDAA World Show Booth and say Hi to the WDAA Staff, State Affiliate Officers, WDAA Executive Board members. We will be set up in the Built Ford Tough Livestock Arena. We will have lots of educational materials & books available:
  • Dressage Illustrated
  • Jec Ballou
  • Lynn Palm
  • Elaine Ward
  • Promotional items
  • Rules & Tests

World Show Awards

Ribbons for 1st – 10th place, Embroidered World Show Jackets and a Dressage Illustrated Book to winners of each class.

Eleven (11) High Point Belt Buckles will be given for the Junior, Amateur and Open divisions in the Introductory classes, Junior, Amateur and Open divisions in the Basic classes, Junior, Amateur and Open divisions in the Level 1 classes, Open and Amateur divisions in the Level 2 classes and Open and Amateur division in the Level 3 classes to the highest combined scores for horse/rider combination within each division.

If scores are tied, the horse/rider combination with the fewest number of classes will win; second tiebreaker will be the highest score on an individual test.
We greatly appreciate the sponsors who are making the second annual WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show possible. This event is a celebration of every ride, every horse and rider partnership and every generous sponsor who joins us in the journey.

Please download the sponsorship contract if you’d like to join the celebration!
“I’ve been showing horses for 42 years, but only because I’m having fun.”
– Ellen DiBella, WDAA secretary

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the spirit of the 2014 WDAA World Championship Show, to be Nov. 1-2 in Tulsa, Okla. Fun will be had, and lots of it!

Plan to join the WDAA in Tulsa, Oklahoma for our 5th Annual Convention and the 2nd Annual WDAA World Championship Horse Show which is open to all breeds. The Embassy Suites in Tulsa will be the site of two days of meetings and round table discussions.

The World Championship show will be at the world class Built Ford Tough Livestock Arena at Expo Square. WDAA is proud to host this event with the Pinto Horse Association in conjunction with the Color Breed Congress.

For more Convention information and World Show details, visit our NEW WDAA World Show Website!

 

www.WDAAWorldShow.org

Saddle Up Party completes the Weekend of FUN!

To be held at the Tulsa Expo Center on Nov. 2 after the show’s conclusion.We’d like to offer a western dressage salute and much appreciation to the American Morgan Horse Association for sponsoring the Saddle Up Party,.

Whether you’re in Tulsa or across the globe
, you’ll want to purchase an admission ticket to the party. Because there’s a very important reason that we’re calling it a Saddle Up Party. Thanks to a generous donation from Western Dressage Riding Gear, we will give away a custom Harmony Western Dressage Saddle as a door prize. Need not be present to win.

This line of saddles is designed by western dressage riders for western dressage riders, and they allow horse and rider to feel and move as one. So come check out this one-of-a-kind rig, which will have a custom 2014 WDAA logo tooled into the fenders and is valued at $2,485.


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WDAA 2014 Annual Convention

This convention will feature various events including nightly meet and greet social hours, informational discussions, strategic planning, rules and tests discussions, live demonstrations, guest speakers, an open town meeting for participant driven discussions, annual election of Officers and Directors.

Registrations need to be completed by Oct. 22nd at the latest for us to be able to plan printed materials for all attendees.
 

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What is the Color of your Western Dressage Journey?

We want to encourage everyone at the show – and those cheering them on at home – to get in on the fun. Start by ordering items with the exclusive WDAA 2014 World Show logo, and show us the Colors of Your Journey!

We’d love to see a selfie of you in your shirt – maybe alongside the horse you’ll be riding – on WDAA’s Facebook pagewith the hashtag #WDAAWorldShowColors

Go Shopping!!!

 

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August 2014 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2014 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.

A NEW Level has been added with 4 brand new tests with a greater degree of difficulty... Check out the new Level 3 Western Dressage Tests.
 

New Webpage for the TTT Education Program

Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, members of the WDAA Advisory Board to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.
 

WDAA Professional Direcory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

Visit our Hitching Post Blogs

We have some wonderful human-interest stories in our Hitching Post blog categories - Grass Roots Stories, Show Pen Experience, and more check out some of the more recent articles below.

- New Book Released by Jec A. Ballou

- Notes from Julie: To Shoe or Not To Shoe?

- It’s What She Was Born To Do!

- Our Western Dressage Journey


 

WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show

Mark your calendars for Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2014! Plan to join the WDAA in Tulsa, Oklahoma for our 5th Annual Convention and the 2nd Annual WDAA World Championship Horse Show which is open to all breeds. The Embassy Suites in Tulsa will be the site of two days of meetings and round table discussions.

The World Championship show will be at the world class Built Ford Tough Livestock Arena at Expo Square. WDAA is proud to host this event with the Pinto Horse Association in conjunction with the Color Breed Congress.

For more information and show requirements/details, visit our NEW WDAA World Show Website!

 

www.WDAAWorldShow.org


Details for registering for the Annual Convention will be forthcoming in the next few days... as we solidify the details and agenda!

Train The Trainers comes to California

We’ve received a lot of requests for information for the WDAA Train the Trainers™ clinic coming to California on October 5 and 6.  Stay tuned -- our official Train The Trainers™ website where you can find more information and register will be online by July 15.  We will also be sending out a special e-mailing announcing the opening of this great event.
 
Train The Trainers™ program will be hosted by the CAWDA at the beautiful McCoy Equestrian Center in Chino Hills.
 
This two-day workshop is your opportunity to learn Western Dressage standards from WDAA advisors Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel.  The morning sessions of the program are taught in a classroom with plenty of materials and handouts for participants, as well as videos and Powerpoint presentations.  The afternoons will be held in the main show ring with live demonstrations of the movements and WD tests
.
 

Spaces are filling up fast, so hurry and don't delay!

Get Registered NOW!!!


USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award for Western Dressage Youth

The September 1, 2014 deadline for submissions for the USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award is rapidly approaching.  This award is designed to recognize the achievements of Youth riders who also demonstrate dedication to and leadership in equine organization(s).  Youth riders who are active members in good standing of both the USEF and Western Dressage Association® of America are welcome to apply.

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State Affiliates offer Awards Programs for 2014

Several of our Affiliates are offering a new benefit of High Point Programs and/or Awards for participation in Western Dressage.  We encourage you to visit their websites and Facebook pages of the following Affiliates for more details:

In addition, all of our Affiliates have other great programs for you to enjoy!  We encourage you to visit the WDAA Calendar of events as well as your local Affiliates website to find out what is happening near you!

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March 2014 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2014 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.

A NEW Level has been added with 4 brand new tests with a greater degree of difficulty... Check out the new Level 3 Western Dressage Tests.
 

New Webpage for the TTT Education Program

Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, members of the WDAA Advisory Board to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.
 

WDAA Professional Direcory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

Visit our Hitching Post Blogs

We have some wonderful human-interest stories in our Hitching Post blog categories - Grass Roots Stories, Show Pen Experience, and more check out some of the more recent articles below.

- Inaugural Dressage World Show — Western, That Is!

- Sharing Strides – Two Minds, One Journey Part 3

- How Do You Like Me Now?
 

Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach!

This old Irish proverb seems to be a fitting statement for those of us traveling the Journey of Western Dressage. 

It translates to “many a ragged colt made a noble horse”.

Whether bringing along a young horse or furthering our relationship with an older partner, the arrival of spring seems equate to shedding (hair as well as) the problems of the past year; refreshing our commitment to our horse; and marking the start of new goals for our partnership.

This month the WDAA shares a few more opportunities for developing and celebrating our horse and rider relationship.  From our training blogs for working with your horse at home, to events and opportunities with our Affiliates & Alliances, to educational sessions for Judges, or the grand celebration at the WDAA Annual Convention and World Championship Show, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy on their Western Dressage ride.

So as you saddle up for spring, remember the most important thing is to have a good Journey!

Go n-éiri an bóthár leat!

Michigan joins WDAA as new State Affiliate

Yes, things are happening in Michigan and I must say none of this would have been possible without the dedication and support of the WDAMI Board.  This Board is overflowing with talent and motivation.  Michigan is blessed to have such a dynamic team! Our team is talented and energetic.

The Board includes: Jill Robiadek from Cheboygan, Michigan;  Rachel Leigh Ory from Harbor Springs, Michigan;  Violet O’Dell from North Street , Michigan;  Dorothy Mueller from Leonard, Michigan;  Diane Kaser from Beulah , Michigan;  Sue Hughes from Plymouth, Michigan; Rachel Belcher from White Cloud, Michigan;  and me, Carol Baldwin from Wolverine, Michigan.

Plus, as of right now Michigan has 6 Western Dressage shows scheduled for the summer of 2014!!

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WDAA World Show & Annual Convention

The Western Dressage Association® of America is has a wonderful week of Western Dressage excitement planned for this fall!  Plan to join the Western Dressage Association® of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 30 & 31, 2014 for our Fifth Annual Convention and stay and show at the second WDAA World Championship Horse Show which is open to all breeds on November 1 & 2, 2014.

For the latest news and updates on the WDAA World Show go to www.WDAAWorldShow.org currently under development!

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Western Dressage Judges Training well under way...

In January the WDAA introduced our Western Dressage Judges' Training Program.  We are quite excited about this opportunity for Judges to explore this discipline.

The Judges' Training Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western judges, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. The program consists of three parts: participation in the Judge’s Seminar, online judges testing through access to a WDAA Online Judges Platform and a Learner Judging at a Federation Competition.  Here is some additional detail about each part:

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State Affiliates offer Awards Programs for 2014

Several of our Affiliates are offering a new benefit of High Point Programs and/or Awards for participation in Western Dressage.  We encourage you to visit their websites and Facebook pages of the following Affiliates for more details:

In addition, all of our Affiliates have other great programs for you to enjoy!  We encourage you to visit the WDAA Calendar of events as well as your local Affiliates website to find out what is happening near you!

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January 2014 Newsletter

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Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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WDAA 2014 Rules & Tests!

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members.

A NEW Level has been added with 4 brand new tests with a greater degree of difficulty... Check out the new Level 3 Western Dressage Tests.
 

New Webpage for the TTT Education Program

Train the Trainers™ clinics were established by the Western Dressage Association of America in early 2012.  Intense national and international demand led Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, members of the WDAA Advisory Board to begin the development of a training curriculum which addressed the needs of equine professionals who were interested in training their horses and clients about Western Dressage.
 

WDAA Professional Direcory

The Western Dressage Association® of America has implemented a new Professional Directory for WDAA members. For a very small fee you can "Get Listed... Get Found... Find an Instructor or Clinician!"

Try it FREE for 30 days!!!

WDAA General Store

Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.

Clinics & Shows

Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

It is 2014, the Year of the Horse!

In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance.  The Year of the Horse 2014 promises a lot of new things, not least of all adventure, excitement and romance for those who are looking.  One of the best ways to energize all the positive attributes of the Horse Year is to display beautiful horse images in the home.  Pick those which resonate with you most strongly and those which evoke positive energies and emotions in you, and  invite the excellent energies  into your home.

You can celebrate with the WDAA with a year of learning and opportunities related to our favorite equine friends. The WDAA started the competition year by adding Level 3 tests, Freestyles and Suitability, Hack and Equitation classes.  Educational seminars for Judges and Trainers are planned throughout 2014.  Our Affiliates and Alliance Partners continue to host local and national events to share the benefits of Western Dressage. And planning has begun for the 2nd WDAA Western Dressage World Show. The new year promises to be filled with education, excitement and of course horses!  We can't wait to share the Journey!
 

2014 Executive Board of Directors:

Guy E. Brown - President
Darrell L. Bilke - Vice President
Ellen DiBella - Secretary
Gil Merrick - Treasurer
Karen Homer-Brown - Rules & Test Chair
Lisa Blackstone - Members Relations Chair

Gil Merrick joins WDAA Executive Board

The WDAA is excited to welcome its newest Board member, Gil Merrick.  Gil brings over 30 years of management experience including extensive international business experience to the WDAA.  He has served in a variety of senior management roles for top companies and as the Managing Director for Dressage at the USEF from 2005-2009.  Gil is a highly recognized equestrian and respected clinician who focused on the correct gymnastic development of the horse.  He was among the first avid supporters for the Western Dressage Association of America.  We are so grateful that he is sharing his time and talents with our organization and discipline!

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New WDAA Western Dressage Judges Education Seminar

On January 28, 2014 the WDAA will offer the first Western Dressage Judges Seminar in conjunction with the International Equine Judges Seminar hosted by the Color Breed Council.

For a few months we have been reaching out to various mailing lists of judges and have had a wonderful response!  This inaugural opportunity will offer a wonderful educational experience to judges!  We would love to offer this event to as many that wish to attend! To reserve your spot or get more details about this new educational opportunity...

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WDA of North Carolina to host next Trainers Clinic

Feb. 18-19, 2014 - WDA of North Carolina

There are still a few spots left for the first TTT Educational Clinic in North Carolina! Don't miss out on your opportunity to join the rest of the ranks of professionals who have completed the program.

Check out the gorgeous facility where the next clinic will be held Southeastern Agricultural Center in Lumberton NC. The clinic location is 1½ hours from Raleigh, NC where the American Morgan Horse Association will be holding their Annual Convention the following weekend, February 20-22. If you are interested in attending this clinic click the link below.

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