The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of [Oklahoma] will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in [Pryor, Ok.] on [May 5/6 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 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 go to
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 the [Joyful Noise Farm].  This link will give you information about the [Pryor Ok.] 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 the [Joyful Noise Farm]. 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 Dinner at resturant in Pryor, Ok.


Day 2 ~ Morning Session          Trying Out Your Knowledge

The Morning session will again be in a classroom at the [Joyful Noise Farm].  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.



Pryor, Oklahoma

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Class size is limited. Please submit your application with your equestrian resume and payment online at

If you wish to pay by check, please contact us at


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 WDAOK at in writing within 30 days before the event. The WDAOK 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 WDANC will cancel your reservation and refund the amount charged less a $175 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellations after [May 5  LESS 10 DAYS]. 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.
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