CWDS Equine Massage Clinic

Our April 30th CWDS Equine Massage Clinic was a great learning experience.  Ellen Roy was kind enough to volunteer her horse “Chance” for the demonstration by Liz Kelley, a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. Ms. Kelley taught us about pressure points and the associated muscle weaknesses that can be found in our horse’s bodies.  She then… Read more

2016 Year-End Awards Presented

Hello, CWDS members. I would like to let you know that the 2016 year-end awards were presented at the annual meeting yesterday, which was held at Zesta Cucina in Yakima. If you were among the many people who were not present but who won prizes, never fear, there will be one more opportunity to pick… Read more

CWDS April Schooling Show was Fun for Everyone!

There was a wonderful turnout of competitors and volunteers for our CWDS April Schooling Show, which was fun for everyone!  Individuals of all ages competed in a wide range of traditional Dressage classes including Intro to Second Level.  We also had competitors participate in Western Dressage and LeadLine classes.   Here are some pictures from our… Read more

2015 Platinum Performance/USDF Region 6 Jr/YR Clinic

featuring George Williams   George Williams is a prominent figure in international dressage competition whose career highlights with Chuck and Joann Smith’s grand prix mare, Rocher, include: three-time Dressage at Devon Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, 2005 United States Equestrian Federation/Collecting Gaits National Grand Prix Champion, team bronze at CHIO Aachen, 5th at the… Read more

Dressage through the Levels – Dec 6-7 at Donida

December 6-7, Donida Equestrian Center will be presenting “Dressage through the Levels of 2015″.  At this symposium the new USDF 2015 test movements Training Level through Grand Prix will be demonstrated and scored.  Additionally Scott Hassler and Janet Foy work with each horse/rider combination to correct the basics and move them up the levels. Janet… Read more

The Dressage Foundation 2014 Newsletter

Below please find the 25th Year edition of TDF News. We hope you enjoy reading about our grant recipients, hearing from donors and looking back on a great 25 years of supporting the growth of our sport. TDF Newsletter 2014 For more information on The Dressage Foundation please go to

Educational Grants now available from The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation has updated their list of educational grants.  The flyer that was recently released, and that summarizes the current grant opportunities, can be seen by clicking on the link that is given below: 2014 Educational Grants-TDF You can also learn more by visiting or by calling (402) 434-8585.  Please consider applying for one of… Read more

Guide to Buying a new Blanket

Winter is vastly approaching and many of us will soon need to replace old, or buy new, horse blankets.  One of our Board Members found this link that we thought you might find to be useful: Also please check out our previous post that has a really good video illustrating “How to Fit Your Horse… Read more

Dressage Clinic with Meg Hays – Sept. 6th

The Hixsons will be hosting a dressage clinic with Meg Hays on Saturday, Sept 6th.  If you ride an Arabian or Half Arabian, Meg has been to the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals and has won several Regional and National titles.  She has also shown her horses at open competitions.  She is willing to work with traditional… Read more

Do you need money for your Dressage education?

CALLING ALL ADULT AMATEUR RIDERS!  by Carolyn Desnoyer, Gifted Fund Recipient  Carol Lavell and Carolyn Desnoyer/Photo by Jennifer Bryant of USDF Connection    My horse life has been pretty exciting lately. First came the news of winning one of the eleven Gifted Memorial Fund scholarships granted annually to Adult Amateurs in pursuit of dressage education. Then, quite… Read more

Yakima Valley Business Times article Features a CWDS Member

The Yakima Valley Business Times recently published the following article that featured CWDS Member Megan Hays in their April 18, 2014 Issue.  The article was written by Linda Prier and is reprinted here with permission of the Editor.   Not-so-easy Riders:  Lessons, Training Can Help Novices Handle a Horse Horse trainers tend to have been raised on and… Read more

Western Dressage

The Central Washington Dressage Society is happy to offer Western and Gaited Dressage tests in our upcoming Schooling Show Series.  Western Dressage is an exciting new discipline for many equine enthusiasts.  To read the article published in the USDF Connection regarding Western Dressage, please follow this link: USDF Connection – May 2012 Article on Western Dressage… Read more

USDF offers new “HART” Online Training Tool

The USDF has developed a new Online Training Tool to help you track your progress with your horse(s).  The program, Horse And Rider Together (HART), is a tool that all USDF members can use for free to record and share their daily riding activities. The online training journal allows participants to track their rides over time, share how… Read more

2013 Winners of the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Scholarship from Region 6

The Dressage Foundation has just announced this year’s recipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarships for Adult Amateurs. The full list of all recipients nationwide is published here:  Gifted Fund recipients will each receive a $1,000 Scholarship to enable them to set aside quality time in concentrated training with a horse they… Read more

Is your bridle too tight?

After CWDS’s saddle fitting clinic, I began wondering about BRIDLE fit? Was there was a good article in cyber space that might help educate members? I found this informative article on TACK n’ TALK- a site worth visiting. Written by Larissa Cox Horses are amazing creatures as they have adapted so well to our human creations.… Read more

How Do I Know if My Horse Has Gastric Ulcers?

Found this informative article on Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital web site: Research studies estimate that 60% to 90% of performance horses have gastric (stomach) ulcers. What signs might they exhibit? Horses with gastric ulcers can present in a variety of ways: weight loss/hard keeper, poor hair coat, bad behavior, poor performance, low-grade colic, diarrhea, poor appetite.… Read more

Planning to use cavaletti?

    Found this at “Reflections on Riding” by Kate and thought it very informative in light of upcoming clinics….There is a best distance between cavaletti for every horse, at every gait. Those distances may get uniformly longer or shorter depending on the horse’s level of training, but this should be intentional, not random.  If you vary the… Read more

This member writes books!

  I rode with Penny to the scribing clinic and shared stories.  I was awed that Penny, a member living in Ellensburg, found time to author a book!  So I took the opportunity to google her story and learned the following!  Way to Go Penny!  Memories of a Female Trucker, published this February, is written… Read more

Members do more than ride!

Deborah’s creativity: In addition to riding my horse, raising my daughter and teaching lessons I also enjoy the art of Lampworking (making glass beads with a torch).  Once the beads are made I like to photograph them for reference and also for people to look at when they are deciding what they would like for their… Read more

It’s that time of year… Vaccinations!

I like to review the yearly core vaccinations I give to the herd and consider each pony’s needs, the yearling will get the boosters, the broodmare needs proper timing, and the others get the standard mix…It all goes into my record book.  But first, what is it I need? Vaccination Guidelines

Equestrian pilates for dressage

I love my early morning coffee and my computer!  I set in the overstuffed chair and read favorite blogs and search for new ones that appeal to my horsey interests. Sometimes these searches are due to a “challenge” I may be experiencing, or a comment someone made as we discuss a lesson or technique.  Recently… Read more

Recipient of the Carol Lavell Gifted Scholarship

Our very own Nicole Bisping has been honored as a recipient of the Gifted Scholarship program.  Nicole has promised us her exclusive story here at Central Washington Dressage Society! From the USDF press news: “The Dressage Foundation is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Carol Lavell Gifted Scholarships for Adult Amateurs. Each will… Read more

Equine First Aid Kits

What is this…? Care to know what I found in my vet kit that is stored in the barn? Let’s just say that after dragging the kit from the barn…it looked as if something had slept in it, possibly died there, or left behind the remains of a dinner! I always start the year with… Read more