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World-Renowned Dr. Deb Bennett Keynote Speaker at WDCTA Annual Conference & Awards Banquet March 5, 2016

Country Springs Conference Center, Waukesha, WI

Deb Bennett

One of the world’s leading authorities on equine conformation and biomechanics will be the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Association’s (WDCTA) annual education conference March 5 at the Country Springs Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI. The conference is open to the public.

Dr. Deb Bennett, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and, until 1992, was with the Smithsonian Institution, is a regular columnist in Equus magazine and author of the books “Principles of Conformation Analyisis” and “Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship.” She is known for her research, writing and teaching about how a horse’s musculoskeletal system functions and how it relates to movement and training.

Biomechanics and Training

Dr. Bennett’s conference presentation will cover the anatomy and biomechanics of a horse’s movement, focusing on collection. She will discuss training devices and how many are used incorrectly and are not only impediments in training, but unnecessary.

At the evening dinner, Dr. Bennett will discuss the history of European court horsemanship from the 16th through 18th centuries and will reveal some surprises about what the old masters normally practiced and why some were truly revolutionaries in training. She will also cover the links between competitive dressage and other forms of equestrian competition.

Registration Info

The WDCTA educational conference is open to members and the public. Conference registration begins at 8 a.m., with Dr. Bennett’s presentation from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 for WDCTA members and $60 for non-members -- lunch included. The evening dinner and awards banquet is also open to the public. Cocktails and registration begin at 4:30 p.m., with Dr. Bennett’s presentation from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $50, dinner included. A special price is available to those who want to attend both presentations: $80 for WDCTA members and $95 for the public.

Hotel info: A block of rooms is being held, under WI Dressage & Combined Training Association at the rate of $139 + tax. It includes pass to the waterpark. The rooms are held until February 6.

Join WDCTA for a day of learning with Dr. Bennett at the Country Springs Conference Center in Waukesha, WI.  

 Conference Agenda