The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of Illinois will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in O’Fallon, Illinois on August 1 and 2, 2015. The purpose of the Train the Trainers™ program is to educate professionals who want to learn how to train, hold clinics and judge Western Dressage. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to all clinic graduates. We also list all TTT graduate trainers on our WDAA website. As professional trainers, you are an integral part of the success of the discipline of Western Dressage.
Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, seasoned Western Dressage clinicians and trainers, will be conducting the clinic. Frances and Cliff have been conducting Western Dressage clinics and training Western Dressage horses for many years prior to the inception of the WDAA.
By participating in a Train the Trainers™ clinic, you will become a part of the foundation of the educational thrust of Western Dressage. If you are not a professional trainer, but would like to attend the Train The Trainers™ clinic, you will receive an Amateur Certificate of Completion. If you are not already a member of the WDAA, please join before reserving a spot. You may go to our website,
www.westerndressageassociation.org/register to complete your membership application online.
Here is the initial schedule, subject to adjustments.
Day 1 - Morning Session: Developing Your Eye
Morning sessions will be held in a classroom at the Royale Ranch. This link will give you information about the Royale Ranch facility. We will have active discussions led by Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel, supported by videos and handouts.
• What is Western Dressage?
• Gaits and Movements
• Rider Position
• Skill Sets – introduction and philosophy of fundamentals
• Tests - philosophy, arena, levels, judging
• Teaching Western Dressage
• Western Dressage Equitation
Afternoon Session will take place in an indoor arena at the Royale Ranch. Several demonstration riders of varying ability will participate. On the first day, Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson will coach the student riders using the methods discussed in the morning: Skill Sets, Western Dressage Gaits and Movements, Equitation.
Evening Session Barbecue Mixer with the clinicians atRoyale Ranch catered by Andy’s Cowboy BBQ. This is an optional dinner that is not included in the price of the clinic, but may be purchased when you get there. This will be a great way to unwind after the day’s events to share ideas and meet new friends.
Day 2 - Morning Session: Trying Out Your Knowledge
The Morning session will again be in a classroom at theRoyale Ranch. Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel will review and critique videos of WDAA tests. Participants will take part in scoring the tests, working on the elements of a group lesson, and much more.
Afternoon Session will be in the arena. Participants will apply their skills judging student riders as they perform several levels of the Western Dressage tests.
Royale Ranch is located between Collinsville and Fairview Heights, Illinois, about 10 minutes from St. Louis, Missouri and only 30 minutes from the St. Louis airport.
The host hotel is the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights which is about five minutes from Royale Ranch. Click the link to obtain the special clinic rate of $89 for a standard room with two queen beds:
Class size is limited. Please submit your application with your equestrian resume and payment online at www.wdaatrainthetrainers.org
If you wish to pay by check, please contact us directly AFTER submitting your online registration HERE
Once registered and payment received, you can visit our WDAA Train The Trainers Facebook page. This is great way to ‘meet’ the Clinicians and discuss your goals, challenges and just get acquainted before the classes start.
WDAA Train the Trainers™ Shirts
WDAA Train the Trainer™ shirts are available for purchase. If you would like a shirt, you will be given the opportunity during online registration for the clinic and shirt.
WDAIL & WDAA TTT Cancellation Policy:
All registrations to participate in Train The Trainers™ require full payment of the attendance fee.
If, for any reason, you cannot attend a clinic for which you have paid the reservation fee; you must notify WDAIL at firstname.lastname@example.org in writing within 30 days before the event. The WDAIL will cancel your reservation and refund the amount charged less a $100 cancellation fee.
If you have an emergency situation and must cancel the clinic within 10 days of the event, you must send a doctor's notice and the WDAIL will cancel your reservation and refund the amount charged less a $175 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after April 25, 2015. Any refund balances owed will be sent to you within 30 days after the clinic date.
The Train the Trainers™ is a program for professional trainers. If you are a professional trainer, you must meet one of the following requirements in order to receive a certificate of completion.
1. You are at least 25 years of age or
2. If you are not 25 years of age you must meet (1) one of the following exceptions to the age requirement:
• The applicant has participated in the USDF Young rider or Advanced Young Rider Program;
• The applicant has a minimum of 3 years experience, as a mentored trainer with letter from mentor; or
• The applicant has 3 years documented experience in the show ring as an amateur competitor.
If you are not a professional trainer, but would like to attend the Train The Trainers™ clinic, you will receive an Amateur Certificate of Completion in place of the Professional Trainers Certificate of Completion.