WDAA Train The Trainers Clinic in June 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014
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The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that Jim & Dee Brown will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar at Jim-a-Dee Ranch in Sanger, Texas on June 18 & 19, 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. 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 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. If you are not already a member of the WDAA, please join before reserving a spot. You may go to our website, 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 Jim-a-Dee Ranch in Sanger TX. Visit www.jadranch.com for more information about the facility. We will have active discussions led by Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel, supported by videos and handouts.

Topics: 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 Jim-a-Dee 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 - Day 1 will end with a cocktail mixer and a catered Texan barbeque.

Day 2 -Morning Session


The Morning session will again be in a classroom at Jim-a Dee 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 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 check, please contact us at register@wdaatrainthetrainers.org

Sanger is a small Texas town on I-35 about 10 miles north of Denton, TX and about 25 miles south of the Oklahoma border. Jim-a-Dee Ranch is approximately 10 miles west of I-35. It is about a 40 minute drive from DFW Airport.

The motel for the clinic is the Sanger Inn. It is conveniently located on I-35 just off Exit 479. The rate offered for the TTT Clinic is $55 per night. To get that rate the reservation MUST be made by phone (not online) at (940) 458-7910.

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 TTT CANCELLATION POLICY: All registrations to participate in Train The Trainers™ require full payment of the $350.00 attendance fee. If, for any reason, you cannot attend a clinic for which you have paid the reservation fee; you must notify us at register@wdaatrainthetrainers.org in writing within 30 days before the event. Your reservation will be cancelled as well as refunded 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 your reservation will be cancelled as well as refunded the amount charged less a $175 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after June 8, 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.

  • You are at least 25 years of age; or 
  • 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 

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