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Save These 2017 Dates!
We have a few important dates in 2017 you may want to save on your calendar!
- March 17 - 19: "Yvonne Barteau Musical Freestyle Clinic" (Friday, Saturday AM, and Sunday) at Rosebury Farm, Mukwonago
- Saturday afternoon, March 18: "2016 WDCTA Award Banquet & Annual Meeting" including "Ride the Right Horse" presented by Yvonne Barteau, at Thunder Bay Grille, Pewaukee
- April 21-23: "Midwest Horse Fair" - WDCTA Demonstrations!
- July 22-23: SW Chapter's "Capital Mini Event"
- November 4-5: William Fox-Pitt Symposium at the Alliant Energy Center
Watch our Calendar of Events, Home Page, and Forms pages for more information.
New Membership Perk for 2017!
Hotel Savings of 10-55%!
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Now Accepting 2017 New Members & Renewals!
WDCTA is now accepting new members and membership renewals for 2017. Be an "early bird" and renew now to ensure uninterrupted membership benefits with WDCTA and USDF, and of course delivery of WDCTA's eQuester newsletter! WDCTA's membership term mirrors that of the United States Dressage Federation: December 1 - November 30 annually.
You may join or renew online and pay with Paypal via our online Membership Form.
Business Members may also renew online or via our online Business Membership form. If you would prefer to mail in your membership with a check, the 2017 Membership form is available for download (for a Word doc please visit our FORMS page).
Those Members wishing to renew their Stable, Instructor, Breeder, or Business (SIBB) listing may also do so either online or via our printable form. SIBB listings are for WDCTA members only. Business Listings are for Retail Businesses such as Feed Stores, Tack Shops, Truck or Trailer sales, Insurance, Fencing companies and others not covered by our Stable, Instructor, or Breeder listings.
Awards Reminder - Deadline is November 30
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Remember to submit your scores (postmarked) by November 30. The prizes from years’ past have been awesome, and the awards banquet has been great fun. So don’t miss getting the award you earned this year because you missed the submission deadline.
Nominations for Member of the Year
Nominations due January 31
WDCTA recognizes Members of the Year at our Educational Conference & Annual Meeting each year. Make sure your deserving members get nominated by sending in a short description of how your nominee has contributed to WDCTA. Nominations for Member of the Year should be sent to WDCTA Secretary Melinda DeLuca. Please have your nominations in no later than January 31. Nominations should include a short explanation as to why the member is being nominated.
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Do you shop online at Amazon? Starting today, you can help support WDCTA just by shopping online at Amazon! Just how you ask? Through the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to WDCTA.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select WDCTA (Search for Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association) as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The site will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to WDCTA. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Midwest Horse Fair - Every Horse Lovers Dream
And it came true this year for 9 WDCTA members!
By Vicki Hodel (Central Chapter President)
Every year, thousands of horse enthusiasts (62,000 this year) come to Madison to watch, learn and enjoy horses. And every year, there are those in the stands saying to their friend “We could do that. Let’s do that!”
I know because I was one of them.
I was honored this year to chair and participate with a wonderful group, exposing WDCTA once again to the World. It had been a long time since WDCTA had participated in the Midwest Horse Fair. One of the Central Chapter members says to me “Hey! We should do a demonstration!” And so it began.
Click "Read More" to learn more about WDCTA at the 2016 Midwest Horse Fair!
USDF Adopts Safe Sport Policy
Source - USDF
The USDF has adopted the USEF Safe Sport Policy, promoting the safety and welfare of horses and riders. The intent of the USDF Safe Sport Initiative is to provide information, resources, and a protocol so that all members of the equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a support structure to ensure a safe and positive environment for equestrians to develop their skills.
The USEF and USDF depends on the eyes and ears of its athletes, coaches, and designees to support its Safe Sport policies. It is requested that all who participate in equestrian sport become familiar with the content of the Safe Sport Policy Handbook and be mindful of its guidelines during training sessions and competitions.
Members of the equestrian community are also encouraged to complete the Safe Sport module to further their education in this area. This module is open to anyone and is free of charge.