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17 January 2019

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Central Chapter News

On February 9th the Central Chapter hosted an Integrative Medicine Seminar in Westfield,Wisconsin with Dr. Michelle Weidenkopf. We had a great turn out with 18 people attending. 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 is for our horses healthy body mechanics.She also uses chiropractic and acupuncture as a treatment option in her practice. We can not thank her enough for donating all of the proceeds from this seminar to our Central Chapter.

After the seminar,Central Chapter held it's first meeting of 2014. We discussed some clinic options for 2014. We took suggestions from members on what they might like to have, and some of the ideas were clinics with Dressage rider and competitor Shelly Reichert, an October Dressage clinic with Megan Dischler, and a jumping clinic with Clare VanderWoude. Dates and locations to be announced when all details are finalized.

Other ideas from members were a Learn how to call a Dressage test /Scribe for a judge seminar, a lunge lesson demo after a meeting, and a braiding/show grooming demo. A possibility for 2015 would be a combined traditional/western/cowboy dressage show.

Congratulations to Kara Amero on winning the raffle for the beautiful dressage basket valued at $75.00, donated by Central Chapter member Carolyn Desnoyer. We are sure Kara will enjoy the books, mugs, blanket, and chocolates that were included in the basket.

Our next meeting is scheduled for April 27th at 1:00pm in Wautoma Wisconsin hosted by Cari Schmit. Go to for directions to her home. After the meeting Vicki Hodel will be doing a trimming, braiding, and banding demo. Non-members are welcome.

For more information on joining the Central Chapter contact Vicki Hodel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sharon Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download a Membership Application on our FORMS page.