August 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.

- New Book Released by Jec A. Ballou

- Notes from Julie: To Shoe or Not To Shoe?

- It’s What She Was Born To Do!

- Our Western Dressage Journey


WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show

Mark your calendars for Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2014! Plan to join the WDAA in Tulsa, Oklahoma for our 5th Annual Convention and the 2nd Annual WDAA World Championship Horse Show which is open to all breeds. The Embassy Suites in Tulsa will be the site of two days of meetings and round table discussions.

The World Championship show will be at the world class Built Ford Tough Livestock Arena at Expo Square. WDAA is proud to host this event with the Pinto Horse Association in conjunction with the Color Breed Congress.

For more information and show requirements/details, visit our NEW WDAA World Show Website!

Details for registering for the Annual Convention will be forthcoming in the next few days... as we solidify the details and agenda!

Train The Trainers comes to California

We’ve received a lot of requests for information for the WDAA Train the Trainers™ clinic coming to California on October 5 and 6.  Stay tuned -- our official Train The Trainers™ website where you can find more information and register will be online by July 15.  We will also be sending out a special e-mailing announcing the opening of this great event.
Train The Trainers™ program will be hosted by the CAWDA at the beautiful McCoy Equestrian Center in Chino Hills.
This two-day workshop is your opportunity to learn Western Dressage standards from WDAA advisors Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel.  The morning sessions of the program are taught in a classroom with plenty of materials and handouts for participants, as well as videos and Powerpoint presentations.  The afternoons will be held in the main show ring with live demonstrations of the movements and WD tests

Spaces are filling up fast, so hurry and don't delay!

Get Registered NOW!!!

USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award for Western Dressage Youth

The September 1, 2014 deadline for submissions for the USEF Youth Sportsmanship Award is rapidly approaching.  This award is designed to recognize the achievements of Youth riders who also demonstrate dedication to and leadership in equine organization(s).  Youth riders who are active members in good standing of both the USEF and Western Dressage Association® of America are welcome to apply.

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!


Impressives Beauty - Final Salute
Liz Crawley Photography © 2014
Liz Crawley Photography © 2014
4 Reasons to Try Western Dressage
4 Reasons to Try Western Dressage
4 Reasons to Try Western Dressage
4 Reasons to Try Western Dressage

by Jennifer Forsberg Meyer

Written for the Horse & Rider magazine and now available for your reading pleasure.

Joyce's Training Map

Joyce Swanson’s Training Map – Introduction to Halt and Half Halt
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 - Western Dressage Exercise: Adjusting Strides to Halt.

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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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