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...

We Still have a few left in stock...


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

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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