Welcome to the Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association
Now Accepting 2016 New Members & Renewals!
WDCTA is now accepting new members and membership renewals for 2016. Be an "early bird" and renew now to ensure uninterrupted membership benefits with WDCTA and USDF, and of course delivery of WDCTA's eQuester newsletter! WDCTA's membership term mirrors that of the United States Dressage Federation: December 1 - November 30 annually.
You may join or renew online and pay with Paypal via our online Membership Form.
Business Members may also renew online or via our online Business Membership form. If you would prefer to mail in your membership with a check, the 2016 Membership form is available for download (for a Word doc please visit our FORMS page).
Those Members wishing to renew their Stable, Instructor, Breeder, or Business (SIBB) listing may also do so either online or via our printable form. SIBB listings are for members only. Business Listings are for Retail Businesses such as Feed Stores, Tack Shops, Truck or Trailer sales, Insurance, Fencing companies and others not covered by our Stable, Instructor, or Breeder listings.
World-Renowned Dr. Deb Bennett Keynote Speaker at WDCTA Annual Conference & Awards Banquet March 5, 2016
Country Springs Conference Center, Waukesha, WI
One of the world’s leading authorities on equine conformation and biomechanics will be the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Association’s (WDCTA) annual education conference March 5 at the Country Springs Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI. The conference is open to the public.
Dr. Deb Bennett, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and, until 1992, was with the Smithsonian Institution, is a regular columnist in Equus magazine and author of the books “Principles of Conformation Analyisis” and “Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship.” She is known for her research, writing and teaching about how a horse’s musculoskeletal system functions and how it relates to movement and training.
Biomechanics and Training
Dr. Bennett’s conference presentation will cover the anatomy and biomechanics of a horse’s movement, focusing on collection. She will discuss training devices and how many are used incorrectly and are not only impediments in training, but unnecessary.
At the evening dinner, Dr. Bennett will discuss the history of European court horsemanship from the 16th through 18th centuries and will reveal some surprises about what the old masters normally practiced and why some were truly revolutionaries in training. She will also cover the links between competitive dressage and other forms of equestrian competition.
The WDCTA educational conference is open to members and the public. Conference registration begins at 8 a.m., with Dr. Bennett’s presentation from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 for WDCTA members and $60 for non-members -- lunch included. The evening dinner and awards banquet is also open to the public. Cocktails and registration begin at 4:30 p.m., with Dr. Bennett’s presentation from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $50, dinner included. A special price is available to those who want to attend both presentations: $80 for WDCTA members and $95 for the public.
Hotel info: A block of rooms is being held, under WI Dressage & Combined Training Association at the rate of $139 + tax. It includes pass to the waterpark. The rooms are held until February 6.
Join WDCTA for a day of learning with Dr. Bennett at the Country Springs Conference Center in Waukesha, WI.
Kettle Moraine Chapter to Host Popular Musical Freestyle Clinic with Yvonne Barteau
April 2 - 3, 2016
Due to the last several year’s success of the KM Chapter Musical Freestyle clinic we are doing it again! There is much to be learned from watching the “musical moments“ happen in the development of these freestyles, so come join us in auditing.
Additional information is available on the Forms page under Clinics and Symposia.
2016 Thomas A Poulin Clinic
Sponsored by the Kettle Moraine Chapter
Saturday and Sunday February 20-21, 2016, Mukwonago
Get ready for the 2016 show season! Ride or audit with this well-known 'S' Dressage Judge Thomas Poulin. Learn how to improve your riding of classical dressage.
Location: Rosebury Farm, Hwy 83 & Road X, Mukwonago
Time: Tentative Times 8-4 (finalized with registrations)
Rider Fee: $175 per ride includes lunch Auditor Fee: $10/ day, $15 / two days. Sorry No half day fees.
Catered Box Lunches are available if ordered in advance. Walk-in Auditors are welcome.
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Do you shop online at Amazon? Starting today, you can help support WDCTA just by shopping online at Amazon! Just how you ask? Through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to WDCTA.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select WDCTA (Search for Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association) as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The site will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to WDCTA. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
2016 USDF Region 2 Adult Clinic
Creating a Winning Partnership with your Horse
June 11-12, 2016, Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, IL
The USDF Adult Clinics are intended to provide USDF members affordable access to renowned clinicians in a symposium style format for maximum auditor benefit. Eight adult riders and horses, working in private sessions each day, are selected to demonstrate a variety of levels, breeds, types and training issues to maximize the learning experiences for auditors of all ages. Each series is a little different with the clinician offering their expertise.
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