Past Events

Results for June 2015 Capital Mini Event

Sadly, due to the wet conditions, we had to drop cross country and only run the CME One (June) as a 2 phase event only (dressage and stadium jumping). Clinic riders did get to preview the cross country course and jump some of the fences with better footing on Saturday. NOTE: all riders from the mini-event are invited to school the cross country course at The Horse First FREE. Just call Kelly Messera to make arrangements!

Olivia Groth on Jimmy Cool (Sawyer)

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Results for August 2015 Capital Mini Event

We had a wonderful and fun weekend! Our clinicians Megan Dischler, dressage, and Kerry Zimlicka, jumping, were knowledgable, helpful and positive during Saturday's clinic, when each horse and rider got to learn about jumping and dressage. The Horse First Farm was as always beautifully turned out and manicured. Thanks to manager Kelly Messera and the awesome staff at The Horse First!!

We had a full complement of 30 riders for the 4 divisions on Sunday. With just enough rain to soften the ground and relieve the dust, cross-country conditions were PERFECT! 23 horse/rider combinations completed all 3 divisions. This year our 2nd place rider in Adult Elementary was none other than the farm's owner, Carlos Osario, with his borrowed horse Leo. Carlos had a great time, and is thinking about how to expand and improve the course for next year and years to come. Good news for eventing in our area!

A giant thank-you to all the volunteers and the fantastic volunteer co-ordinators Jan Ketzler and Betsy Kelly. Thank-you to the Scorers Denise Sobering and Deb Bell. Blessings upon all the jump judges, helpers, gate keepers, ring stewards, scribes ,runners, set-up and take-down help, and once again many thanks to our prize sponsor SMARTPAK and our walky talky sponsor KAREN CEDERHOLM!!!

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WDCTA Kettle Moraine Chapter Schooling Show – May 30th

“Best Little Schooling Show in SE Wisconsin” with something for everyone- Dressage, Musical Freestyle, Gaited, Therapeutic, Western Dressage and Lead line!

Don’t do much showing? Come join us and ask one of our volunteers on the show grounds if you need help.

Don’t plan on showing?  Come join the fun by reconnecting with friends or lend a hand to someone who is showing.

Questions - Contact Melinda DeLuca: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 262-313-8487

Class list and Registration form are available on our Forms page.


Kettle Moraine Chapter to Host Popular Musical Freestyle Clinic with Yvonne Barteau

April 2 - 3, 2016 

Due to the last several year’s success of the KM Chapter Musical Freestyle clinic we are doing it again! There is much to be learned from watching the “musical moments“ happen in the development of these freestyles, so come join us in auditing.

Additional information is available on the Forms page under Clinics and Symposia.


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.

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.

WDCTA Youth Dressage Clinic

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ride Times

This clinic offers riders, age 21 and under, the opportunity to have a lesson with clinician Katie Foster, USDF Bronze and Silver medalist who competed on the Region 2 Junior Rider team and the Young Rider team. And, as an option, riders can use the last portion of their 45-minute lesson to ride a dressage test and get scores and comments from "L" graduate Tracey Dikkers.

Katie Foster

Photo copyright Richard Malmgren. Used with Permission.

Katie is a USDF bronze and silver medalist who has competed competitively as a Jr/YR in the United States. She competed on the Region 2 Junior team twice, and on the Region 2 Young Rider team twice. She has competed three times at the USEF National Championships, and has shown at Dressage at Devon. In 2011, Katie finished third at the USEF National Championships in the Young Rider division, and was the number one ranked Jr/YR at the Prix St. George level for the USDF year end rankings. Katie is currently pursuing an Animal Science degree at Michigan State University, and has completed a certificate in Horse Management from MSU. She also attended the Young Rider Graduate program this winter in Wellington, FL; and spent the winter in Florida as a working student for Jessica Jo Tate.

Tracey Dikkers

Photo copyright Shorthorse Studios. Used with Permission.

Tracey Dikkers is an L graduate with distinction and has been accepted into the “r” Judge Training Program. She has shown through Intermediare I, trained through Grand Prix, and earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medals on self-trained horses.

Clinic:  Saturday, July 26,  8 am – 5 pm Hoofer Equestrian Center 1008 Severson Rd, Belleville, WI

For more information please visit our FORMS page.


UP Chapter Friends Helping Friends Mini Clinic

UP Chapter

The UP Chapter got together at Kathy Caspary’s Farm in Dollar Bay on November 3, 2013. We want to have activities that would help us with our riding. We have all had many lessons with very good instructors and thought we could share our experiences with each other. Three of us, Tina, Kathy and Mary, were the initial “guinea pigs”. What fun we had! We each rode about 30 minutes, working on transitions, bending, and confidence building. We didn’t freeze with the 40 degree temps and cool wind blowing. It seems that our riding backgrounds are very similar and the observers had great suggestions. (We are about 2 hours distance from each other). Our next mini-clinic will be in December in the Marquette area in an indoor arena as soon as a date is figured out.