June/July 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 summer for sure!

I am spending lots of quality time on the riding lawnmower mowing and spraying for weeds. Although it's a continuing battle, the best that I can manage is a draw! I love having fresh veggies, herbs in the yard and flowers but the “war on weeds” is a constant battle and I do not think that I am winning!
Even though we are all enjoying competing and being able to ride, WDAA has a calendar that focuses us on next year. That may sound silly but as an association that is committed to education and to our obligations as the recognized national affiliate, we have to look ahead. We have several wonderful WDAA committees who are guiding us.
The WDAA test writing committee has been looking critically at the current tests that WDAA has used for the past four years.  They are making revisions to tests based on feedback form competitors, judges. Stewards and show organizers.  This wonderful group has also been asked to create Level Four tests.  As Western Dressage matures and grows, we need to look at our tests as a continuum and ensure that every level offers a consistent approach to building and testing skills and the partnership between horse and rider.
The WDAA rules committee is reviewing the USEF rules the govern Western Dressage and will make recommendations to the USEF Western Dressage Committee.  This group of volunteers is looking at each rule and is eager for input.  You can go to:  www.westerndressageassociation.org/western-dressage-rules-tests to provide your input. 
The WDAA International Committee met to review our international relationships and to ask for input from the Executive Board as we move forward to meet the international demand for Western Dressage.  This committee is grappling with complex issues and brings experience and energy to this committee.
Without the wonderful volunteers who have stepped to serve on committees, the Executive Board would not have the input that it must have to make good decisions for this association and for the discipline of Western Dressage.
Enjoy your horses and enjoy summer!
Ellen DiBella

World Show Entries NOW OPEN!

Entries open TODAY... July 1st for the 2016 WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show.  Join us for 3 ½ days of prizes, parties, education, friends, points, silent auctions, belt buckles, shopping and some competition thrown in there for good measure! For more information on this great event... please visit www.wdaaworldshow.org

August TTT Clinic by WDFTX

The Western Dressage Federation of Texas will host their TTT clinic August 3 & 4,2016 in Magnolia, Texas.

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.

For more information and details... visit www.wdaatrainthetrainers.org

Custom Saddle Raffle at World Show

As you know, Mike Corcoran or Mike Corcoran Saddlery has supported WDAA again by donating a saddle to be used as a raffle at the 2016 Western Dressage World Championship Show... up to a $4,000 value. He will custom design the saddle to the winner's specifications, so that it can be the correct size for the rider, and most importantly, a custom fit for the horse. Mike is a long-time supporter of WDAA, as well as a WDAA world champion. He is one of very few saddle makers who specialize in saddle-fitting and who is a rider himself, so he understands first-hand how a saddle should function for both horse and rider.


Become a USEF Western Dressage Judge

When WDAA became the USEF Recognized National Affiliate for the discipline of Western Dressage there was an immediate need for a pool of judges to officiate.  With this need in mind, the initial Western Dressage rules specified that USEF licensed dressage judges were able to officiate in Western Dressage.


New Breed Alliance Partnership

WDAA is proud to announce its recent Breed Alliance Partnership with the American Bashkir Curly Registry (ABCR). The American Bashkir Curly Registry shares the WDAA’s deep respect and care for the soundness and longevity of the horse and also values the importance of education for the horse and rider team.  The WDAA is excited for the educational and competitive opportunities that this breed alliance can offer for American Bashkir Curly horses and members of the ABCR to explore additional opportunities to learn, grow, and train to the maximum benefit of the horse and rider partnership.



WDAA Needs your Support!

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!

Breed Alliances


Corporate Sponsor

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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