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!!


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 currently under development!


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:

Get More Details...

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!

View Full List of State Affiliates


We need your 2014 Western Dressage Events!!!

As an added benefit of being a member of the Western Dressage Association® of America, we have a wonderful Events Calendar that is available for your use. 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 social media, plus 3000+ hits weekly on our website, people that could be living in your local area looking for a Clinic, Schooling Show, or etc. If your event 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!


More Exciting Events

WDAA Blogs on USEF

A five-part series to learn more about the exciting new discipline of Western Dressage. Written by Jennifer Keeler of Yellow Horse Marketing for the WDAA.

Joyce's Training Map

Joyce Swanson’s Training Map Part II – Difference Between the Inside and Outside Rein. Check out the latest in her newest blog on the WDAA Hitching Post.

Western Dressage Exercise of the Week

Newset Blog post article by Jec Ballou, WDAA Blog Columnist - Leg-Yield on the Wall. This exercise of Leg Yield is especially beneficial in this regard...

Breed Alliances


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International Alliance Partners


About The Western Dressage Association® of America is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization focused on providing a model of horsemanship which optimizes the partnership of horse and rider for their mutual benefit.  The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is to honor the horse, to value the partnership between horse and rider and to celebrate the legacy of the American West which it focuses on through its offerings of educational opportunities and events to the equestrian community.

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