WDAA Train The Trainers™ is going International. Canada Clinic in April 2014!

Thursday, March 6, 2014
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The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is excited to announce that the Western Style Dressage Association® of Canada (WSDAC) will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in Port Lambton, Ontario on April 26-27, 2014. 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. A list all TTT graduate trainers is on the WDAA & WSDAC websites. 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 and members of the WDAA Advisory Board, 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. For more information about Cliff and Frances click here.

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. For insurance purposes all participants must be members of the Western Style Dressage Association® of Canada (WSDAC). Please go to www.westernstyledressage.ca to complete your membership application online.


Day 1- Morning Sessions will be held in a classroom at the Stellar Mount Stables, 741 French Line, RR 1, Port Lambton, ON. Please visit their website for more information about the facility. There will be 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 Stellar Mount Stables. 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

BBQ Social Mixer held at Stellar Mount Stables

Day 2 - The Morning session will again be in a classroom at Stellar Mount Stables. 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 indoor arena. Participants will apply their skills judging student riders as they perform several levels of the Western Dressage tests.

RESERVATION DETAILS: 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 cheque, please contact WDAA at register-ca@wdaatrainthetrainers.org

Stellar Mount Stables is located 10 minutes north of Wallaceburg, Ontario. The facility is a 30 minute drive from Chatham, ON or the Sarnia/Port Huron Blue Water Bridge border crossing, or a short 10 minutes from the border crossing at Marine City, MI taking the ferry.

A block of 40 rooms is reserved at the Days Inn, 76 McNaughton Ave., Wallaceburg, ON N8A 1R9. Telephone 1-866-627-0781 for reservations. Rates from $89.99 - $99.99 CAD. Make your hotel reservations before April 9th, 2014 for maximum discount. Make sure you indicate that you are participating in the WDAA Train the Trainers™ Clinic. Make Your Hotel Reservation Here Once registered and payment received, you will receive an invitation to join a private Facebook group for participants. This is great way to ‘meet’ the other participants and discuss your goals, challenges and just get acquainted before the classes start. WDAA/WSDAC

CANCELLATION POLICY: All registrations to participate in Train The Trainers™ require full payment of the $350.00 USD for US citizens and $375.00 CAD for Canadian citizens attendance fee. If, for any reason, you cannot attend a clinic for which you have paid the reservation fee; you must notify WDAA/WSDAC at register-ca@wdaatrainthetrainers.org in writing within 30 days before the event. The WDAA/WSDAC will cancel your reservation and refund the amount charged less a $100 USD 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 WDAA/WSDAC will cancel your reservation and refund the amount charged less a $175 USD cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after April 16, 2014. Any refund balances owed will be sent to you within 30 days after the clinic date.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINER: 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. Click to Register Now for this Clinic