WDCTA News

Eventing Year-End Awards

A committee has been formed to review the rules for year-end Eventing awards. If you have thoughts on needed changes, please contact Vice President Haley Madden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Central Chapter President Cari Schmidt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Board hopes to have any necessary revisions approved well before the start of the 2019 awards year, so contact them soon!

WDCTA Needs You!

2019 Treasurer + WHC Representative

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The State is looking for a volunteer to become our Treasurer for 2019! Ideally, you would work with our current Treasurer for the remainder of this year to ‘learn the ropes.’

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial oversight of the organization, including paying our bills of course. The Treasurer is the contact point for our insurance needs both at the state and chapter levels. See a more detailed list of responsibilities further down in this issue. The position is a minimum of a one-year commitment, however, we would like someone who could be in the position for more than one year if possible. Please contact our nominating committee, Haley MaddenThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Melinda DeLucaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have an interest in the position.

The State board also needs someone to volunteer as our Communications Rep, which entails being the Association's representative to the Wisconsin Horse Council.  If you are interested please email the nominating committee. 

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

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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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Support WDCTA with Amazon.com!

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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 the AmazonSmile program.  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.

Chapter Elections for 2019

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Fall has arrived in Wisconsin and the UP! It is not too early to think about volunteering with WDCTA for 2019. Volunteers are a vital part of WDCTA. Each fall our Chapters meet to elect their officers for the following year.

Please contact your Chapter President if you are nominating someone, or if you are interested in holding a position within your Chapter for 2019. Final rosters should be sent to the President immediately after elections. Chapters must hold their elections no later than November 15 for their 2019 roster of Officers.  

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