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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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Pilates for Dressage with Janice Dulak
to Oct 7

Pilates for Dressage with Janice Dulak

  • Greenmoor Common Equestrian Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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WPDA Junior Rider Clinic with Nicole DelGiorno
to Mar 25

WPDA Junior Rider Clinic with Nicole DelGiorno

  • Silver Crest Equestrian Center (map)
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The WPDA Junior Officers are offering a clinic with Nicole DelGiorno. Nicole is a USDF Gold Medalist, Young Rider graduate, 4-time NAJYRC medalist, and board member of The Dressage Foundation. A few of the WPDA Juniors rode with her at the Youth Dressage Festival and really liked her instruction.

Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, 2018
Silver Crest Equestrian Center
332 Overbrook Rd
Valencia, PA 16059

$75/ride, 45 minute sessions
Payment due no later than Friday, March 16th. Cash or checks made payable to WPDA.

You must be a WPDA member to ride in the clinic, so please update your 2018 membership if you have not yet done so.

Free! Please bring a notebook and come learn.
Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Haul-ins welcome:
Krista Noone, the owner of the facility, is kindly not charging haul-in fees. There are cross-ties in the barn for your use.

A Health Certificate and Proof of Vaccination are required before unloading.

To reserve your ride:
Please contact the junior officers at:
https://www.instagram.com/wpdajuniors or Nina Collongues Teff on Facebook as soon as possible as there are limited ride slots. Tentatively, Nicole will start at 10 am on Saturday and 9 am on Sunday, and she will end at about 6 pm on Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday.

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WPDA Dressage Clinic with Britta Johnston
to Mar 11

WPDA Dressage Clinic with Britta Johnston

  • Silver Crest Equestrian Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a weekend of education with Britta Johnston, Owner and Head Trainer of Britta Johnston International Sport Horses, LLC!

Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th, 2018.
Friday, March 9th, will be added, if interest warrants.

Silver Crest Equestrian Center
332 Overbrook Drive
Valencia, PA 16059

How to reserve your ride
Please text Emily Morris (WPDA member) at 412-370-2323.

$120.00 per 45 minute ride - includes clinic fee, clinician travel costs and lunch each day.
Auditors are welcome at NO cost, courtesy of the WPDA.

PAYMENT is due IN FULL no later than Friday, March 2nd. Please make your checks payable to the WPDA and mail to:

Nancy Sholtz
421 Peters Drive
Glenshaw, PA 15116

If you are unable to attend, it will be your responsibility to identify a replacement rider. No refunds will be provided for missed rides.

Full refunds would be provided if the clinic is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances (weather or illness preventing the clinician from traveling).

Haul ins welcome
Silver Crest does NOT have available stalls, but there are plenty of cross ties to ready your horse. Additionally, a HEALTH CERTIFICATE and PROOF OF VACCINATION will be required prior to unloading.

About Britta Johnston
Britta Johnston is the Owner and Head Trainer of Britta Johnston International Sport Horses, LLC, offering training, instruction, sales, handling and importing services.

Britta began riding at the age of 6 in Germany, where she was trained in dressage, eventing, show jumping and vaulting. She earned her bronze medal at the age of 13, and her silver at the age of 16, from the German Riding Federation. Specializing in dressage, Britta has 30 years of experience in starting young horses and training them through to FEI Levels.

Britta returned to Germany in 2005 to train with Rudolph Zeilinger. In 2009, she was chosen by the WBFSH and the German Trakehner Verband to coach for the Young Breeders World Championships.

Britta trains throughout the world including England, China, Germany, the U.S., Canada and Brazil.

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