Train The Trainers™ Clinic Details

By participating in a Train the Trainers™ program as a professional trainer you will be integral for the success of Western Dressage, especially now that it will be a recognized United States Equestrian Federation discipline effective December 1, 2013. 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 of the course will be provided. We also list all trainers who have completed this program on the WDAA website.

Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, seasoned Western Dressage clinicians and trainers and founding members of the WDAA, will be conducting the program. 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 the clinicians, visit their biography pages: Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel

If you are not a professional trainer, but would like to attend the Train The Trainers™ program, you may receive an Amateur Certificate of Completion in place of the Professional Trainers Certificate of Completion. Please note that this is a non-riding program and that pre-registration is required.

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COST OF EACH CLINIC:   $350 due at time of registration via PayPal.


Morning sessions will be held in a classroom environment; afternoon sessions will be held in an indoor arena with appropriate seating for participants.

Day One: Cliff and Frances will lead active discussions and review the educational videos and handouts. The topics will include:

  • What is Western Dressage?
  • Gaits and Movements, Rider Position
  • Teaching Western Dressage; the Skill Sets 1-3 and their progressive teaching process
  • Tests – arena, levels, judging
  • How to organize a Western Dressage clinic

In the Afternoon Session the first day, Frances and Cliff will oversee and coach our demonstration riders using the methods discussed in the morning.

Day Two: In the morning Cliff and Frances will have video support detailing gaits, maneuvers, Skill Sets.

In the afternoon the participants will apply their skills by judging demo riders as they perform several levels of the Western Dressage tests.

The Clinic ends with each participant receiving a Certificate of Completion. Many new contacts have been made and information shared.  You are now a member of an elite group of people who have taken the time and expense to educate yourself about Western Dressage and the WDAA.


The Train the Trainers™ is a program geared to the needs of professional equestrians. If you are a professional trainer, instructor or a USDF-trained judge you are welcome to participate. You must be at least 25 years of age; or if you are not 25 years of age you must meet one (1) of the following exceptions to the age requirement;

  • You participated in the USDF Young rider or Advanced Young Rider Program
  • You have a  minimum of 3 years’ experience, as a mentored trainer with letter from mentor
  • You have at least 3 years’ experience in the show ring as an amateur competitor

Amateur riders are welcome to attend Train The Trainers™ program at the same cost, and will receive an Amateur Certificate of Completion in place of the Professional Trainers Certificate of Completion.

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Come join us at the next Train the Trainers™ Clinic!
Expand your training skills!