WDACO Events

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If you have a questions regarding an event, please email us at clinics@wdaco.org.  Please do not call the barns as the facilities are rented and they do not have any infomation regarding the events.

If I bring a guest, do they have to pay an auditor fee?

Our insurance requires a transaction in order to be in effect. Therefore, these are our guest policies:

If the riding participant is under 18, they must have an adult over 21 accompany them and the adult does not have to pay the auditor fee.

If the riding participant is over 18, they may designate one person to serve as their helper, at no charge, during the clinic. Helpers must be designated on the enrollment form for insurance purposes. If the helper changes, participants must send an email to clinics@wdaco.org, so that we may change the information on our insurance forms. All other guests accompanying participants, other than members, must pay the auditor fee, or if desired, complete a form and pay for a membership prior to the clinic.  Members may attend WDACO clinics (non-riders), excluding Horseless Clinics & Special Events, for free.

2016 WDACO Schedule

 A Comprehensive Western Dressage Experience that enhances the partnership between horse and rider.  Regardless of whether your goal is to show or become a better partner with your horse, these events will advance you toward your goals.


  • Communication is the most rewarding skill
    April 29, 2017
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Communication Clinic Saturday, April 29, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Joyce Swanson Assistant: Cliff Swanson 9:00 am – 11:00 am Communication is the most rewarding skill How to “talk” to your horse. Consistent repetition and reward Maintaining your horses attention and willingness How to listen to your horse Is your (more…)


  • Cultivating the Best in Each Rider
    April 29, 2017
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Cultivating the Best in Each Rider The Psychology of the Horse/Rider Team Saturday, April 29, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Ann Judge Assistant: Joyce Swanson 11:30 am – 1:30 pm We have stories and so do our horses.  If you have trouble listening to someone’s story and they are (more…)


  • Improving Balance and Suppleness
    April 29, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Improving Balance and Suppleness Saturday, April 29, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Cliff Swanson Assistant: Ann Judge 2:00 pn – 4:00 pm Movement for function Increasing your horse’s athletic ability and willingness Using transitions, change of direction and reinbacks to improve and develop balance and suppleness. Why lateral movements?  (more…)


  • Synergy with Your Horse
    April 30, 2017
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Synergy with Your Horse How to Attain a Ride that is Smooth and Seems to Flow Effortlessly Sunday, April 30, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Cliff Swanson Assistant: Joyce Swanson 9:00 am – 11:00 am Feel is different than responding mechanically to your horse Effective transitions make a difference (more…)


  • Equitation to Improve Balance and Accuracy
    April 30, 2017
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Equitation to Improve Balance and Accuracy Sunday, April 30, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Ann Judge Assistant: Joyce Swanson 11:30 am – 1:30 pm History and theory behind the desired seat Why must we keep our shoulders in a T and arc through the waist when bending or turning. (more…)


  • Ride-A-Test
    April 30, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ride-A-Test Sunday, April 30, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Judges:  Joyce Swanson / Ann Judge Coaches:  Cliff Swanson / Ann Judge 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Try out one of the new Western Dressage 2017 tests!  You will be scored by a qualified Western Dressage judge and then provided time (more…)


  • Ride A test
    April 30, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ride-A-Test Sunday, April 30, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Judges:  Joyce Swanson / Ann Judge Coaches:  Cliff Swanson / Ann Judge 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Try out one of the new Western Dressage 2017 tests!  You will be scored by a qualified Western Dressage judge and then provided time (more…)


  • Breaking Down Test Elements to Ensure Success
    June 23, 2017
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic before Horseshow Expose your horse to the Douglas County arena before the show Breaking Down Test Elements to Ensure Success Friday, June 23, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Cliff Swanson Assistant: Frances Carbonnel 9:00 am – 11:00 am Wow the judge with the correct approach and halt at (more…)


  • Basic Level Test Movements and the New Equitation Division
    June 23, 2017
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Clinic before Horseshow Expose your horse to the Douglas County arena before the show Basic Level Test Movements and the New Equitation Division Friday, June 23, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Cliff Swanson Assistant: Juilie Lorton 11:30 am – 1:30 pm The new collective marks on the new test.  (more…)


  • Basic Level Test Movements and the New Equitation Division
    June 23, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Clinic before Horseshow Expose your horse to the Douglas County arena before the show Integrating the Western Dressage Test Movements with Practical Trail Applications Friday, June 23, 2017 Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO 80104 Clinician:  Frances Carbonnel Assistant: Juilie Lorton 2:00 pm  – 4:00 pm Navigation of the Western Dressage Arena & (more…)

These clinics are not yet available for registration.  When they become available, they will appear above and on the right side of the home menu.  

2017 WDACO Schedule

June 24-25 – WDACO June Jubilee Horse Show – Douglas Co Fairgrounds

July 8 – Clinic – Boulder Co Fairgrounds

August 19-20 – Clinic – Douglas County Fairgrounds

Sept 30-Oct 1 – Working Equitation Clinic-Douglas County Fairgrounds