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09 December 2018

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Announcing the New George Williams Grant Fund

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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.”

Williams was surprised with the news of the Fund at the USDF Salute Gala on December 1st. After the announcement, he said, "I am honored to have a Grant Fund in my name, which will have a goal of helping up-and-coming young equestrians. Thank you to all the donors."

TDF’s President and CEO, Beth Baumert, shared, “Those of us who hold USDF dear will never forget George's many years of wise and steady leadership. His contribution to dressage is impossible to calculate, and he set a fine example for us all. It seems very fitting that this Fund will continue beyond his tenure, giving in his honor.” 

The Fund’s inaugural donors would like to invite others who admire Williams to make a donation to the Grant Fund. One of the inaugural donors, Gardy Bloemers, has generously offered to match the next $5,000 that is donated to the George Williams Fund. 

Donations can be made by credit card on TDF's website or by calling TDF’s office at (402) 434-8585. Donations by check can be mailed to TDF’s office at 1314 ‘O’ Street, Suite 305, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508.

TDF’s Board of Directors and staff will work with Williams to establish the Fund’s specific purpose and guidelines. Grants will be awarded to support the US dressage community.

Who Are Your Legends? 2019 MHF

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WDCTA Members – here is your chance to be a part of the 2019 Midwest Horse Fair!

All we ask is that you type up a sentence or two and share with us a legendary horse or rider that has made a difference in your horse life.

A picture is a plus! We will use these in our Hospitality Stall and throughout our display at the fair in April!

Please email your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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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! 

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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