WDCTA Central WI Chapter Recaps 2014 & Plans New Year

New to the Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association (WDCTA) last year, the Central WI Chapter recapped and celebrated their successful year of activities at their annual business meeting held November 9th, 2014 at the farm of Vicki Hodel. Special appreciation was expressed to inaugural officers Vicki Hodel, Brittany Remhof, Jill Schabel and Sharon Johnson and chapter leaders thanked members for their enthusiastic assistance and support in getting the new WDCTA chapter off the ground. Election of 2015 officers resulted in Vicki Hodel, President; Kris Blacklock, Vice-President and Brittany Remhof, Secretary/Treasurer; each will serve a one year term.

2015 Central Chapter Officers

WDCTA is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers whose efforts offer a variety of educational activities, clinics, events and shows for eventing and dressage enthusiasts throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. WDCTA is a charter member of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF)

In 2014, WDCTA Central WI Chapter offered a variety of opportunities to get acquainted with WDCTA as an organization, camaraderie and clinics with fellow Central WI and ‘sister’ chapters across the state (Southwest, Kettle Moraine and Upper Peninsula) plus held chapter sponsored clinics that developed horse and rider dressage foundation skills through a variety of educational activities. Only one year young, their membership doubled since starting the chapter late December 2013.

As recap, WDCTA Central WI kicked off 2014 with a February Integrative Equine Medicine seminar with Dr. Michelle Krusing Weidenkopf held in Westfield WI. Attendees learned about the benefits of acupuncture, chiropractic and importance of saddle fit. Dr. Weidenkopf gave a wonderful presentation on how Western Medicine (regular veterinary medicine) and Holistic Medicine can be used together to take care of some of our horses medical problems. She talked about how important proper hoof balance, dental balance, and proper saddle fit are for our horse’s healthy body mechanics. She also uses chiropractic and acupuncture as a treatment option in her practice.

In April, a mane and tail braiding demo was presented by Vicki Hodel at the farm of the Schmidt family, Wautoma WI.

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In May, horses of a variety of breeds (including OTTB, Saddlebred, Rocky Mountain Horses, Trakehner and Quarter Horses and riders at all levels (Intro, Training, etc.) improved both their horse and their own riding ability by participating in a Dressage Riding Clinic with Shelly Reichert at Paradigm Farms, Lake Mills WI. Spectators also observed that many breeds can be quite successful in dressage and saw an immediate improvement in rider’s position as well as rider/horse balance.

During the riding season, members competed in a variety of WDCTA recognized schooling shows scattered throughout Wisconsin, a mini-event held in Belleville, a musical freestyle clinic with Yvonne Barteau hosted by the WDCTA Kettle Moraine Chapter, a Rider Biomechanics seminar with Maryall Barnett and a series of Janet Foy dressage rider clinics hosted by the WDCTA Southwest chapter.

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Knowing how dressage involves progressive levels incorporating multiple tests within each level and that dressage benefits horses and riders of all disciplines, WDCTA Central WI Chapter officers and members are eagerly planning exciting activities for 2015 which include horseless and rider/horse events, clinics and ‘play dates’ for all age, abilities and breeds. Please accept our invitation to join our group. We warmly welcome new members and appreciate existing supporters.

How to you join? How to you stay informed? Visit the Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. website http://www.wdcta.org/ for annual membership, calendar of events, horse/rider award program plus chapter and national dressage news. WDCTA membership includes membership in a local chapter, eligibility to compete for year-end awards in dressage and combined training, group membership in the USDF and an option to join USDF as a Participating Member, 12 monthly issues of the USDF Connection magazine and 12 issues of the WDCTA eQuester newsletter which features YOU and WDCTA chapter members, activities, events and clinics.