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22 September 2019

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SW Chapter Presents: Dressage Symposium with Laura Graves


image courtesy R. Lewison

HOLD the date! Additional information to come! 

WDCTA 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Location: Banquet Hall of Harley Davidson, 6200 Millpond Rd, Madison, WI 53718
Late Fee waived if registration received by March 18! Registration at the door is available!

Matt McLaughlin

Join us March 23, 2019 for our 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Madison at the Harley Davidson Banquet Hall.


10-11:30 a.m. Registration, shopping at English Tack Supply, Silent Auction opens
11:30-1 p.m. Lunch, Annual Meeting, & Awards
1-2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Matt McLaughlin
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:30 p.m. Chair Yoga with Kelley Shetter-Ruiz (join in as you like, inclusive of all abilities)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Shopping, Conclusion of Silent Auction

Lunch: Catered by Blue Plate Catering, with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options offered. Snacks, coffee, and tea will be available throughout the day. Cash Bar all day.

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Announcing the New George Williams Grant Fund

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Image by Terri Miller

Source: The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that a new Grant Fund has been established by friends and colleagues of George Williams, to honor his years of dedication and service to the US dressage community.

Wanting to honor Williams’ lifelong commitment to the sport and acknowledge his nine years as President of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), Janna Dresing, Dr. Jeni Gaffney and Gardy Bloemers initiated the idea of this Fund. Dresing shared, “We felt that George has given so much to the dressage community in all of his roles within the USDF, and that creating a scholarship in his name would help honor his commitment to the sport. Through the generosity of the inaugural donors we are able to do something meaningful for the sport in his name.”

UP Chapter: Road Trip to Rheinlander


Pictured:  Tina Ozanich, Kathy Caspary, Kathy Kopp on Owen, Donna Destrampe, Ken Borden, Jr., & Lynn Madison

The UP Chapter of WDCTA figured a fall road trip would be a great way to end the summer/fall.  We had discussed going someplace as a group, hopefully including our northern Wisconsin members.  Ken Borden, Jr. was scheduled to give a dressage clinic at Dunroven Farm in Rhinelander WI October 26-28.  So on Saturday, the 27th, four of us took our 3-hour road trip from Houghton (MI) to Rhinelander (WI).  Would have been a closer club activity for the Wisconsin members, but, they were unable to attend.  We also had our annual meeting at the farm with the election of officers.  New UP Chapter President is Donna Destrampe, Vice President, Kathy Caspary, new Secretary is Lynn Madison, and Tina Ozanich will continue as Treasurer. 

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.

Western Dressage Awards Proposal

By Stephanie Severn, WDCTA President

Update: February 14, 2018

Update:  The board met in February and approved a Preliminary awards program on 2.13.18.


Hopefully by now you’ve already read my “Part 1” article about my December USDF convention trip (eQuester Newsletter). If not, why are you skipping such a thrilling article? (Tongue firmly in my cheek). In it I touch very briefly on the subject of Western Dressage and the USDF.

Several years ago the WDCTA State board was approached to include Western Dressage into our awards program. After sending it to the Chapters to discuss amongst the membership, the State officers discussed and vetoed the idea.

At that time, United States Equestrian (USEF) had not yet named an association as their recognized national affiliate, and there were several competing Western organizations, each with different tests. USDF advised staying out of it until the USEF named an official Affiliate. Fast forward to the present, and the Western Dressage Association of America has been named by the USEF as the Recognized National Affiliate Association for all western dressage in the US.

Do Less and Give More: Tips from the Cindy Ishoy Clinic

written by Megan McIsaac

Excerpt from the article originally published in the August 2018 issue of the eQuester newsletter

Day 1 with Cindy began with correct geometry! Trot and canter in both directions! Then we moved to walk-canter and canter- walk transitions. Cindy asked me to ride 3 steps of leg yield in the canter prior to asking for the walk to increase uphill balance and to really make sure my horse was correctly ridden inside leg to outside rein. She also wanted me to move through the transition into the walk and not hold. After we developed a correct balance, Cindy moved us through our paces!

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