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21 February 2019

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Southwest Chapter Information

The Southwest (SW) chapter serves members from Southern Wisconsin, Madison and the surrounding region.

The SW chapter has hosted clinics with nationally and internationally known instructors Janet Foy, Maryal Barnett, and Cindy Ishoy, the Annual Capital Mini Event, plus schedules 8-10 monthly meetings and special events. Many meetings include an educational program. Educational presentations in recent years have included: overview of the USEF Young Horse Dressage Program, rider biomechanics, equine body scoring, equine massage, lungeing, braiding demonstrations, intro to jumping, and a wet lab at the UW Vet School.

Among special events of the past: a sporthorse evaluation seminar with Gerd Zuther, a practice test riding day, and the major 2011 symposium Dressage Through the Levels with Olympian Steffen Peters and  FEI dressage judge Janet Foy, involving more than 400 participants from the Upper Midwest region and beyond. In 2017, we hosted the William Fox-Pitt Eventing Symposium at the Alliant Energy Center.

As a member of WDCTA you are eligible for state scholarships and the awards program.  As a SW Chapter member you will have priority riding in SW Chapter clinics.

Upcoming events for 2018 include:

  • 'From the Judges Perspective' Potluck
  • Janet Foy Dressage clinics
  • Patrica Becker Dressage clinics
  • Cindy Ishoy Dressage Clinics
  • Capital Mini Event July 21-22
  • Death by Chocolate Holiday Party

SW Chapter member benefits:

  • Two chapter scholarships, $300 maximum each, available annually. See the FORMS page for program description and application. 
  • Special scholarship: Linda Burich Scholarship: $250 maximum each scholarship, total of three scholarships available, one scholarship available per year until fund exhausted.
  • Reimbursement for purchase of approved safety helmets & vests (See below)
  • Chapter members audit most SW Chapter clinics at NO COST, with discounts to Chapter members for some special programs, as announced.



The chapter will reimburse $20 toward the purchase of a safety vest and $10 for a safety helmet. Limited to: one reimbursement per member per calendar year for a helmet and one reimbursement per member per calendar year for a safety vest.

Criteria and procedure for reimbursement: Helmet must be ASTM/SEI approved. Vest must be ASTM or BETA Class 3. Chapter members should submit a copy of the receipt, no later than six months from date of purchase, to the SW Chapter Treasurer for payment. (Original policy 1988; amended in 2000 and Sept. 2012.)




2019 SW Chapter Officers-Elect (effective 12/1/18):

President: Haley Madden
Vice President:  Becky Bebber-Wells
Treasurer: Cathy Wunderlicht
Secretary: Jessica Smith-Bagley
Chapter Representative: Mary Barr
Alternate Chapter Representative: Becky Bebber-Wells

Southwest Chapter Meeting Minutes

Minutes will be posted once approved as "Final" at a Chapter Meeting


JAN 2018 - Printable PDF



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JAN 2017 - Printable PDF
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Historical SW Chapter Meeting Minutes


JAN 2016 - Printable PDF 
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SEPT 2016 - Printable PDF
OCT 2016 - Printable PDF
NOV 2016 - Printable PDF


WDCTA SW Chapter Presents the 2018 Capital Mini-Event

Mark your Calendar! July 21-22, 2018 at The Horse First Farm (Rain Date: October 20-21)

Entries are now Open!

1CME CWunderlich

The Southwest Chapter has announced the date for the 2018 Capital Mini Event!  The event will again be located at The Horse First Farm. 

There will be two levels offered this year 

  • Starter Novice at 24 " (2 feet)
  • Beginner Novice at 31" (2 feet 7")

Jump Clinician:  Andi Bill
Dressage Judge/Clinician:  Barry Fript, IL

To Learn more about our clinicians please click "Read More."

Registration Form & Waiver