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WPDA Clinic: Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
1:00 PM13:00

WPDA Clinic: Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Join us for an unmounted clinic regarding equine nutrition and exercise physiology with Penn State University's Danielle Smarsh, Ph.D., and Burt Staniar, Ph.D.

Please register so we know how many people to expect!


Sunday, February 10, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Member Price (WPDA, 4-H, Pony Club Members)
Pre-Registration - $15
At the Door - $20

Non-Member Price
Pre-Registration - $20
At the Door- $25

Light lunch and drinks included!

1 - 2 P.M. - Dr. Danielle Smarsh, Ph.D.
”The Horse is a Great Athlete; Exercise Physiology Explains It”

2 - 3 P.M. - Dr. Burt Staniar, Ph.D.
”Anatomy of the Gastrointestinal Tract & Its Nutritional Effects”

3 - 4 P.M. - Dr. Burt Staniar, Ph.D.
Questions & Answers on Equine Nutrition; Your Questions Answered

About the speakers:
Danielle Smarsh, Ph.D., PAS – is Assistant Professor of Equine Science and Equine Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University. She recently moved back to the Northeast after spending 4.5 years teaching in the Animal Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Dr. Smarsh grew up riding horses in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. in Equine Exercise Physiology from Rutgers University. Her equine research involved looking at the effects of age and training on antioxidants and oxidative stress in Standardbreds.

Burt Staniar, Ph.D. – joined the Department of Animal Science at Penn State in the Fall of 2007. He completed his Ph.D. and a post-doc at Virginia Tech studying nutrition’s influence on cartilage and skeletal development in Thoroughbred horses. In his first 5 years at Penn State, Burt continued research in this area by investigating how different dietary energy sources influence insulin-like growth factor I and growth hormone. During the past 5 years, the focus of his research has shifted to gastrointestinal health of the equine athlete. Equine athletes suffer from a wide range of health concerns that are associated perturbations to gastrointestinal health. These include gastric ulcers, enteritis, colitis, colic, and even laminitis. Dr. Staniar has focused on assessing aspects of the luminal environment, assessing gut permeability, and investigating inflammation associated with particular diets. Dr. Staniar is particularly interested in potential parallels between human and equine athletes and the potential for research to benefit both. In addition to his research, Dr. Staniar teaches a range of courses from freshman seminar to Equine Nutrition and Equine Exercise Physiology.

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2018 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention
to Dec 2

2018 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention

  • 75 South West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84101 USA (map)
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USDF invites you to attend the 2018 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, November 28 through December 1, in Salt Lake City, UT! Join us to learn about the latest developments in the dressage community, influence the direction of dressage in the United States, and celebrate the achievements of those in our sport.


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2018 Region 1 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championship
to Oct 14

2018 Region 1 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championship

These championships recognize the outstanding efforts of riders in each USDF region and provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to view the top competitors in their respective regions. Additionally, the top amateur and open riders at each of the championships, who have submitted a declaration of intent, and completed all other requirements, will receive an invitation to compete at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®.

Kathy Sedlak of Great American Insurance Group added, "Our role as title sponsor of the regional championships has afforded a great opportunity to acknowledge outstanding individuals and the sport of dressage."

Competitors qualify for Great American/USDF Regional Championships by competing in designated qualifying classes throughout the year at USDF-recognized dressage competitions. For more information on the regional championship program, or the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org or contact regchamps@usdf.org

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Pilates for Dressage with Janice Dulak
to Oct 7

Pilates for Dressage with Janice Dulak

  • Greenmoor Common Equestrian Center (map)
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Registration Form

Information Flyer

Go from the Pilates studio to the saddle and on to the success with your horse you have been looking for!

Enjoy a dinner and PowerPoint lecture on Pilates for Dressage® presented by Janice on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, riders engage in a two-hour Pilates for Dressage® Mat Class that teaches the riders how to find the correct core and intrinsic muscles that allow for relaxation in the global muscles. After lunch, riders mount up for a private half hour lesson and learn how to put the studio work into the saddle.

Sunday, riders reinforce what they’ve learned in another two-hour mat class. The weekend finishes with mounted lessons, as riders are newly secure in their newfound ways to use their body to create harmony with their horse.

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Registration Open: WPDA Adult Clinic with Kathryn Fleming-Kuhn & Martin Kuhn
to Sep 16

Registration Open: WPDA Adult Clinic with Kathryn Fleming-Kuhn & Martin Kuhn


Mark your calendars for our annual adult clinic! All riders over 21 are invited to participate in three days of both mounted and unmounted lessons from highly renowned dressage trainers Kathryn Fleming-Kuhn and Martin Kuhn! Riders of all skill level and discipline welcome! Their biographies can be found here.

Click here for clinic application

WPDA members are able to register early, so if you are interested in participating in this clinic, become a member today by visiting www.wpda.club!

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Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival
to Jul 15

Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival

  • Hits on the Hudson Show Grounds (map)
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2018 Prize List

Online Entries: www.HorseShowOffice.com

Hits on the Hudson Show Grounds – Saugerties, New York

Opening Date for Entries: May 21, 2018
Closing Date for Entries: June 18, 2018

Show Manager:
Debra Reinhardt

Entry/Office Secretary:
Kathy Grisolia

This is the flagship event of Dressage4Kids, Inc. conducted in July or August. Instituted in 1999, the festival offers individual and team competition for riders from ages 4 through 21. Division championships feature a three-phased competition: a written test, an individual dressage test, and a group equitation ride. Divisions offered are Introductory through Fourth, FEI Pony, Junior and Young Rider and Para Equestrian. Riders may also assemble teams and vie for the USDF Region 8 Youth Team Competition. Classes for Leadline (riders aged 4 to 8), Prix Caprilli (dressage ride incorporating jumps), Dressage Trail and Musical Freestyle are offered, as are other competitive and fun activities.

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WPDA Dressage Schooling Show at Fair Haven Farms
9:00 AM09:00

WPDA Dressage Schooling Show at Fair Haven Farms

Fair Haven Farms
206 Lee Road
Grove City, PA 16127

Judge: Pia Helsted

Ride Times

Prize List

Entry Form

Opening Date: May 23
Closing Date: June 18

Sponsor a class or ring!
We depend on our members and friends for our success! Please consider sponsoring a class or ring for our upcoming schooling show. Sponsors will be highlighted in our show program, and additionally, ring sponsors can hang a banner at the show site. Click here for the sponsorship form!

Forms must be submitted by June 13 in order to be included in the program.

Local Hotels

Let the hotels below know you're with Fair Haven Farms, and you'll receive a discount! 

TownePlace Suites Grove City Mercer/Outlets
231 Westside Square Drive Mercer, PA 16137

Hampton Inn & Suites Grove City
4 Holiday Blvd. Mercer, PA 16137

Best Western Grove City
(724) 748-5836 - Call to reserve and mention you're with Fair Haven Farms
1924 Leesburg Grove City Rd, Grove City, PA 16127

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Pure Gold Stables & Equestrian Facility Dressage Schooling Show
9:00 AM09:00

Pure Gold Stables & Equestrian Facility Dressage Schooling Show

  • Pure Gold Stables & Equestrian Facility (map)
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*Test scores will count towards 4-H, NODA, and WPDA points*

Ring 1 Judge: TBA

TO ENTER: http://www.puregoldstables.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Pure-Gold-Stables-Dressage-Show-Entry.pdf

• USDF Introductory
• USEF Training level
• USEF First level
• USEF Second and Above
• Dressage Seat Equitation
• WDAA Test of Choice
• USEA Test of Choice

Entry Fees:

$25 per test BEFORE closing date (6/4/2018) Entries received AFTER closing date will be issued a $10 late fee and MAY not be accepted based on number of entries. Riders will not be scheduled without payment.

*No refunds will be issued for scratched entries after the times are posted*

$10 Office fee per entry

Stabling: $25 per day or $45 per night, regardless of arrival and departure times. Stabling for the entire weekend is $65. Stalls are wood with bar fronts and sliding doors. They measure approximately 12′ x 12′ and are located in a permanent barn. The barn offers water hydrants and electrical outlets throughout the barn, in addition to two wash rack areas.

Premium bag pine shavings available to purchase @ $7/ bag

Electrical hook-ups are available for $45/ night


Please note that USDF Intro, WDAA, and USEA tests will be run in a small ring. USEF Training, First, and Second level (and above) tests will be run in a standard size arena.

Competition arena will be in an all weather sand arena. Warm up ares will be designated and will include use of the indoor arena and the outdoor all weather arena. Warm up in grass is only permissible where indicated.

Lunging is only permissible in covered round pen.

Trailer parking is located behind our event barn on gravel. Overflow parking for daytime haul-ins will be in a designated grass parking area. Please listen to our parking personnel, as parking can be tight.

Car parking will be in the grass along the drive way. Please pull off of the drive way completely so trailers have enough room to pass by.

Send payment and entry form to:


3325 State Rt 45

Salem, Ohio 44460

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WPDA Board Meeting
6:30 PM18:30

WPDA Board Meeting

Join us for our monthly board meeting at Bravo! This month's meeting will feature a discussion on insurance with Family Farm Insurance's Eric Poplowski and Dave Sobel.

20001 Route 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

From 6:30 - 7:15 p.m., Eric and Dave will discuss all areas of insurance: equine, farm, life, home, auto, personal liability, etc. At 7:15 p.m., we will begin our monthly board meeting, and you are invited to stay and get involved! 

To RSVP, please email Barb Wozniak at barbara@wozniaks.net by Sunday, June 3, so we can be sure to have a seat for you.

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