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...

Get More Details...

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

Purchase Books Now
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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!


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

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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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