WDCTA at the Midwest Horse Fair

April 20-22, 2018, Alliant Energy Center, Madison wi

WDCTA will once again be exhibiting at the Midwest Horse Fair in 2018!  The hard-working group of volunteers will be located in Pavillion Two, stalls 3116-3125.  Please stop by their stalls and booth area in Pavillion Two to say hello!  The group will be exhibiting on two days during the Fair:

  • Friday at 1:40 P.M. in the Blain's Farm & Fleet Coliseum
  • Saturday at 12:30 P.M. in the HW Brand Arena

Volunteers for our booth are needed, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up to help! 

For advanced ticket purchases, please go to the Midwest Horse Fair Ticket site. Sale of advance tickets ends April 9! 

Western Dressage Awards Proposal Passes

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February 14, 2018

The Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association (WDCTA) is pleased to announce the State Board passed the Western Dressage Awards proposal during their meeting February 13, 2018. This new award program offers WDCTA members exciting new ways to earn WDCTA year-end awards. These awards are designed to recognize all riders competing in WDAA or USEF recognized, or WDCTA approved schooling shows, offering WDAA Western Dressage tests, and will first be awarded in the 2018 competition year. Awards will be given at the following levels; Intro, Basic, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and the new Level 4, with champion, reserve champion and 3rd – 6th places being named at each level, presented at the annual meeting and awards banquet.

Show Managers may begin to submit their shows for Approval! 

For complete award requirements, please go to the Western Dressage Awards section of our website, visit our FORMS page (forms are being created and added), or contact our Western Dressage Awards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winter — and William Fox-Pitt — Are Coming!



The secret is out that British Olympican William Fox-Pitt is coming to Madison Wisconsin November 4-5!  Southwest Chapter Presdient Haley Madden published an article on Eventing Nation.

Check out her article here

British Olympic Eventing Star 'Chilli Morning' Retires from Competition

Source: Fox-Pitt Eventing

Chilli Morning & William Fox-Pitt

William Fox-Pitt Eventing announced the retirement of Olympic Event horse Chilli Morning. Says the Fox-Pitt crew:

"The amazing Chilli Morning left us yesterday for a happy retirement. In his career with Team Fox-Pitt Chilli has been three times winner at Bramham Park, the only stallion to win Badminton in 2015. He won Bronze medals at the 2013 Europeans and 2014 World Championships, and finished the highest placed British horse at the 2016 Rio Olympics."

Chilli Morning is a 16.3H liver chestnut stallion by Phantomic.

Midwest Horse Fair - Every Horse Lovers Dream

And it came true this year for 9 WDCTA members!

By Vicki Hodel (Central Chapter President)

WDCTA at Midwest Horse Fair 2016

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.

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Support WDCTA with Amazon.com!

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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.

Memorable Moments

Kris Blacklock

WDCTA Central WI Chapter wishes to recognize and applaud our member’s horsemanship activities and asked member’s to share clinics attended, shows competed in, goals accomplished or are still working on, a new horse.... anything members did with their horse or with other’s horses.  We encourage learning from each other and wish to inspire horsemanship sportsmanship.  Let’s discover what Central Chapter Officers Vicki Hodel & Kris Blacklock learned by attending a recent ground pole clinic.

Memorable Moments – Vicki Hodel & Kris Blacklock

On December 19, 2015, travelling trainer Kelley Shetter-Ruiz from Dousman WI introduced ground pole workouts to 3-4 riders & horses within a one day clinic comprised of five 90 minute group sessions hosted by Nicole Trapp at Barry Ridge Equestrian Center, Germantown WI.  WDCTA Central Chapter Vice-President Kris Blacklock (auditor) along with working spot rider President Vicki Hodel & Leaguers Charlie (‘Red’), a 4 yr. old American Quarter Horse gelding and fellow riders and auditors attending the day long clinic were awestruck in the variety of exercises one could do with just a few simple ground poles. Here’s a snippet of what participants learned.

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WDCTA Memorable Moments

WDCTA Central WI Chapter wishes to recognize and applaud our member’s horsemanship activities and asked member’s to share clinics attended, shows competed in or judged, goals accomplished or are still working on, a new horse.... anything members did with their horse or with other’s horses in 2015.  We all learn from each other and wish to encourage horsemanship sportsmanship.  WDCTA Central WI Chapter is proud to introduce active member of the WDCTA Central WI Chapter Cathy Wunderlich, Brooklyn WI.

Memorable Moments – Cathy Wunderlich

I acquired my new horse, Benjamin James (BJ), in June 2015. He is a 2000 imported New Zealand Thoroughbred, that can be sweet, sassy, and everything in between. He was imported by and previously owned by Leah Lang-Gluscic, of Freeport, IL. Leah had schooled and/or competed with him up to Advanced Level Eventing, when she began experiencing him having chronic soundness issues with his back and hind end. Following a series of physical exams, in July of 2011, BJ was diagnosed with moderate to severe kissing spine disease (KSD) via radiographs, both at the withers (thoracic) and lower (lumbar) areas of his back. While a number of different therapies did make BJ more comfortable on a day-to-day basis, he was just not able to school and compete soundly at that level of eventing without discomfort. While BJ’s heart was still in the game, his body just wasn’t able to keep up.  Leah retired BJ from upper level eventing, gave him some time off, and leased him out to students for low level eventing in which he could do comfortably.  Following some time in a career in low level eventing, Leah had actually gotten BJ back in late 2014 from being leased, and boarded him at my farm while she was wintering in Florida. The thought had occurred to the both of us that he would be a safe, potentially sound, and fun mount for me in 2015, as I was due to deliver my 3rd (boy) child in late May and wanted to be able to still ride and compete in the 2015 show season.

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