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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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Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival
to Jul 15

Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival

  • Hits on the Hudson Show Grounds (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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WPDA Equine Safety Seminar
10:00 AM10:00

WPDA Equine Safety Seminar

Sunday, April 8
10 am - 4 pm
Victory Hills Golf Course
357 Pineview Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037
Register now!

Back by popular demand! This 4+ hour seminar will include presentations by Dr. Jim Zeliff of Allegheny Equine, the North Strabane Large Animal Emergency Response Team, and the PA State Police.

Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle!

Topics include:

  • Lameness care using today's newest technology
  • A veterinarian-approved checklist for shows and traveling
  • Working with emergency responders through an incident
  • Trail safety
  • Barn fire safety
  • Pasture safety
  • A comprehensive list of what state troopers look for during a traffic stop with horses
  • A display of a large animal rescue trailer and equipment

Seminar Cost
Includes continental breakfast, lunch and drinks

  • $20 - WPDA Member
  • $25 - Non-WPDA Member
  • $30 - At the door ($25 for WPDA members)
    Join the WPDA at this event and receive a $5 rebate!

To Register:

Fill out this form and mail with your payment (cash or check) to:
Jerri Anesetti
452 Old Hickory Ridge Road
Washington, PA 15301
Make checks payable to the WPDA

Questions? Contact Jerri at: janesetti17@gmail.com

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS


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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