WDCTA Southwest Chapter Meetings
Southwest Chapter Information
Southwest Chapter to Host Mini Event
The SW Chapter is hosting a mini event August 24 - 25 at Hickory Knoll Farm in Fitchburg. Back in the 80s and early 90s the SW Chapter hosted the long-running Baraboo Mini Event. Organizer Nicki Butler has arranged the weekend of August 24-25, 2013, for a preparatory clinic on Saturday, followed by the Mini Event on Sunday, August 25.
This year's dressage clinician and judge is Katherine Van Sicklen, "L" Graduate and long time member of WDCTA. Kate is a USDF Silver Medalist, an Associate Instructor with the USDF, and is currently enrolled in the USDF Instructor Certification Program.
Sharon Curtis of Curtis Stables is this year's Jumping Clinician. Curtis Stables was established in May 1981. Prior to that time, Sharon was an accomplished horse person certified to judge all seats of riding in four surrounding states, including WI. Sharon was trained by the best trainers in America, including Bruce Davidson and Ralph Hill. She was head instructor at Ralph Hill's farm for a number of year's and showed on commission throughout the Mid Atlantic A Circuit Show Series. She moved to Wisconsin to attend the UW and obtain a Master's Degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
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The Southwest chapter serves members from Madison and the surrounding region. Annually, the chapter hosts clinics with nationally known instructors Janet Foy, Maryal Barnett, and Kim Severson, 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 several years: a sporthorse evaluation seminar with Gerd Zuther, a practice test riding day, and the major 2011 symposium Dressage Through the Levels with Steffen Peters and Janet Foy, involving more than 400 participants from the Upper Midwest region and beyond.
SW Chapter member beneifts:
- 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 Maryal Barnett, Janet Foy & Kim Severson clinics at NO COST. Discount to Chapter members for some special programs, as announced.
SW CHAPTER MEMBER BENEFITS-- HELMET & VEST POLICY:
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 2012.)
2013 SW Chapter Officers:
President: Andrea Mitchell
Vice President: Stephanie Severn
Treasurer: DeAnn Howard
Secretary: Jessica Smith-Bagley
Chapter Representative: Mary Hanneman
Chapter Representative: Heather McManamy
Alternate Chapter Representative: Donna Thomas
2013 Southwest Minutes
2012 Southwest Minutes
2011 Southwest Minutes
2010 Southwest Minutes
JAN 2010 - Printable PDF (corrected version)
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MAR 2010 - Printable PDF
APR 2010 - Printable PDF
MAY 2010 - Printable PDF
SEPT 2010 - Printable PDF
OCT 2010 - Printable PDF
NOV 2010 - Printable PDF
Kim Severson Eventing Clinic Recap
The Southwest Chapter held a wonderful eventing clinic with Kim Severson, at Geneva Equestrian, on October 13-14.
Below is a gallery of images from the clinic. Thank you to Shorthorse Studios for permission to use these images.