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WDCTA 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Location: Banquet Hall of Harley Davidson, 6200 Millpond Rd, Madison, WI 53718

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

Tentative Schedule:

10-11:30 a.m. Shopping at English Tack Supply, plus a Silent Auction
11:30-1 p.m. Lunch, Annual Meeting, Awards
1-1:45 p.m. Chair Yoga with Kelley Shetter-Ruiz (Participate as you would like — inclusive of all abilities.)
1:45 p.m. Break
2-3:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Matt McLaughlin
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.

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About Our Guest Speakers

Kelley Shetter-Ruiz is a trainer, instructor and certified yoga teacher who uses yoga principles to improve riders' knowledge, mind and body awareness, compassion and breathing.

Matt McLaughlin was initially influenced by USDF Hall of FameMatt McLaughlin was initially influenced by USDF Hall of Fame member and recognized father of American dressage, Chuck Grant. Matt began studying dressage and the art of training horses in Haute école for exhibition performances at an early age. He spent seven years working for the Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show, where he trained as many as 16 stallions and riders at a time. In 2011, Matt was head trainer at the Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre where he restructured the equestrian production’s dressage, liberty, western and reining acts. Matt has continued to hone his skills as a trainer, clinician, and performer by learning and adapting techniques gleaned from training experiences as well as his work with industry notables in the dressage, western, and trick training disciplines. Matt has successfully trained horses through Grand Prix that have gone on to compete nationally and internationally as well as multiple horses finished in Haute école including Capriole, Courbette, and Levade. He has earned the USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Rider Medals. As the first step in the USEF judges program, Matt graduated with distinction from the USDF “L” education program in 2011.

Cost:  Awards Luncheon and Conference: $45 for WDCTA members, $55 for non-members. Conference only: $25 for WDCTA members, $35 for non-members. $10 late fee if sent after March 1.

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