The Western Dressage Association® of North Carolina is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to align itself with the purposes and mission of the Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA). 

Our mission:  To provide venues, forums, and resources for riders of all horse breeds to learn to improve balance, cadence, and carriage of both horse and rider. By combining the disciplines of dressage with the philosophies of western riding, the WDANC seeks to improve our partnership with our horse. Our goal is a happier, sound horse, and a more aware and knowledgeable rider. Achieving these goals is a journey of technique, learning, growth, practice, and patience.

 Our commitment to equine equality:

The WDANC is dedicated to the principle of inclusion. All horse breeds and riding disciplines, without exception or limitation, are respected and invited to participate in the WDAA vision and all of its forums, venues, events, and resources. The WDAA and the Affiliate shall comply and respect this principle of inclusion and shall not, in any manner, exclude any breed or discipline.

Our commitment to quality content, presentation, and service:

The WDANC will develop a wide range of education and shall use these materials to provide organized professional presentations and service for the education and benefit of its members.

Our commitment to collaboration and open relationships:

The WDANC seeks open relationships with all equine organizations and believes that through sharing educational resources, techniques, and attitudes, all horses and riders will benefit. The WDANC shall support this principle of collaboration in all its relationships, events, venues and forums.



Linda Hoover  - President 

Kriestin Kleinschmidt - Vice President

Nichole Oster -  Secretary   

Shannon Hoffman - Treasurer 


Kathy Hall

Valerie Eakley

Jennifer Wallace

Dr. Elizabeth Joyce

Lisa Gerdon-Dilworth