Oregon WDA — We’re Official!

I’m happy to report that a small group of enthusiasts gathered at my house last Saturday and agreed to support and back our newly formed Oregon Western Dressage Association®!  We had a nice mix of newcomers to the discipline, as well as some folks that have either ridden, taught and or judged dressage for a number of years.  I feel our success is assured with the wonderful pool of experience and knowledge we have at our fingertips.

And I have to give a special shout out to all the Morgan Horse enthusiasts who showed up.  You guys are ahead of the curve and set a great example for the rest of us!

We elected officers (who will also serve on the board) and general board members who will help get things started here in Oregon, and here they are:


  • President: Julie Malick
  • Vice President: Denise Blacklaw
  • Secretary: Sharon Bowker
  • Treasurer: Estelle Firestone

Board members:

  • Margo Hepner-Hart
  • Kim Rice
  • Kirk Morse
  • Karol Dietrich
  • Caroline Tressider

I’m thrilled to have such caliber of people to work with!  And for those who couldn’t make it but expressed some interest in helping out, we will be forming committees as we decide on the projects we need to take on first.  I know we are already forming up the first one, which is a website committee.  I can foresee that we’ll probably want one for events, and one for membership too, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if you want to help in a particular area.

We also went over our mission statement and bylaws, and set our initial membership dues level ($25.00 per individual).  More detail on that business will be forthcoming in the formal minutes, which should be sent out to all interested parties later in the week.

Lastly, and where we really got excited was taking suggestions on what we can do event-wise, not only to garner new members and fundraise, but also to spread the word about what WD is.  We have some exciting things in the works so watch your inbox and the WDAA website for more as things are finalized!

For my part, as newly minted President of this group, I will do my best to see that we get off on the right foot.  I think these first few months are going to be exciting, and somewhat bumpy but I believe that if we keep our goal in mind of “combining the disciplines of dressage with the philosophies of western riding”, we will achieve that happy, sound and satisfying partnership with our horses and with each other, that we all greatly desire.  Our first annual meeting will be in October (we’ll broadcast the date as we get it), and I’d like to see even more of you there to help us guide the group into our second full year.

As President, I need and want all of you to communicate to me what you would like from me and from the group as a whole.  I will do my best to deliver, and please know that I will do the same for you.

OK, let’s RIDE!!


Best regards,

Julie Malick
Velvet Touch Equine Training


“You have to give something you
never gave to get something you
never had.”– Ray Hunt



3 Responses to “Oregon WDA — We’re Official!

  • Donna Brownfield
    5 years ago

    Hi, I attended the Western States Cowboy Dressage exhibition on Saturday Feb. 16th in Central Point. I am very interested in getting involved in this sport. Is there anyone else in this area that is interested in forming a local group?

    • DMD-Admin
      5 years ago

      HI Donna, That’s wonderful news to hear! Western Dressage is a great sport to learn & ride and the Western Dressage Association is a great place to do just that! Oregon already has an Affiliate, so I am not sure what you mean by Local Group? We only have 1 Affiliate per state that organizes our education for us. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you on a National aspect… we have lots of benefits of becoming a member, so you may want to consider that! Again it’s was nice to hear from you and remember, It’s about the journey!

  • Laura Fryburg
    6 years ago

    This is a discipline who’s time has come!!! So glad that people realize the beauty of a well trained horse that moves with you and is responsive to the rider’s aid’s. I cant wait to go to a show and watch.