Central Chapter Clinic with Shelly Reichart

by Vicki Hodel


May ended with beautiful weather and a great 2 day clinic with Shelly Reichart and the beautiful Paradigm Farms. Riders and breeds came from all levels including an OTTB, Saddlebred, and even Rocky Mountain horses, along with a Trakehner and a Palomino Quarter Horse. It was a rainbow of colors.


The theme for the weekend seemed to the basics. Get the basics right, the rest comes. Many horses worked on calming, relaxing and suppling to even both sides. Work was done on the canter as well as straightness.



Everyone I talked to, both riders and auditors, thoroughly enjoyed the clinic. My own horse Bearmer might have 1 or 2 things to say, but, wow, all I have to say is what a great experience!


I want to personally Thank Shelly and her wonderful staff for hosting our clinic. The facilities and help from everyone was just fantastic.

I look forward to continued work with Shelly, as I hope others do too. And look to see everyone at the next clinic or show.

Results - 2014 Capital Mini-Event

The results from the Second Annual Capital Mini Event, sponsored by the SW Chapter, held at Horse First Farm.

Please click "Read More" above for all the results! 

WDCTA SW Chapter Presents the 2nd Annual Capital Mini-Event

August 9-10 at The Horse First Farm

Volunteers are Needed! Especially Sunday Jump Judges!  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event Information available from Nicki Butler.,608-358-2589 or download the forms HERE.

Concessions on-site for Sunday, provided by the well-known Madison food truck Toast - Gili's Paninis. "Our concept is to build your own panini with delicious bread, sauces, meats, veggie & ooey-gooey melted cheese!" So, stop by with friends, grab a panini, and cheer for all the riders!

Also, Heather McManamy from ShortHorse Studios will be photographing on Sunday. If you're interested in purchasing images, you can sign up for the Event Special Package here.  Images will be posted on the ShortHorse Studios website after the event.  

First day will be a clinic with Dressage Clinician Michelle Manshardt and Jumping Clinician Jan Ketzler.  The second day competitors will actually compete in the three phases: Dressage, Cross-Country Jumping and Stadium Jumping.

Two levels of jumps: 18” and 2'4” Adult and Junior Divisions in each level. Ribbons for the first 8 places in each division. Awards for closest to optimum time on cross country, best dressage score, best overall score for Senior rider, best overall score for Junior rider, best overall score for a spotted horse of any breed (if any compete), best crosscountry outfit.

Results - 2013 Capital Mini-Event

The results from the inaugural Capital Mini Event

Kim Severson Eventing Clinic Recap

The Southwest Chapter held a wonderful eventing clinic with Kim Severson, at Geneva Equestrian, on October 13-14, 2012.

Below is a gallery of images from the clinic. Thank  you to Shorthorse Studios for permission to use these images.



USDF Instructor/Trainer Program Pre-Certification

WDCTA is offering a Pre-Certfication weekend November 22-23, 2014.  The Pre-Certification will begin Saturday November 22, 2014 and is open to 6-8 Participant Instructors.   Information is provided below. 


Clinic Report: Through the Levels

WDCTA member Haley Madden wrote a wonderful report on the 2011 WDCTA symposium "Dressage Through The Levels" featuring Steffen Peters and Janet Foy, which was published in The Chronicle of The Horse.  The clinic report may be viewed in full here


Through the Levels Images

Images from the Steffen Peters & Janet Foy Symposium "Dressage Through the Levels" are now available for viewing and purchase on Shorthorse Studios website.

Watch for an article in January's newsletter.

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