January 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!

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!


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...

Get More Details...

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.



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!


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.

New Blog Author writes for WDAA...

The WDAA welcomes Joyce Swanson to our online blogs. She eagerly shares her passion for horses through an educational program she created called Principled Horsemanship.

Western Dressage Exercise of the Week

Latest Blog post by Jec Ballou, WDAA Blog Columnist talks about the next Western Dressage Exercise - TMJ Massage

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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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