Welcome to Train The Trainers™ Clinic Program

Thanks for choosing to participate in this unique, educational program developed by the WDAA for equine professionals. All available clinics are listed below, each with its own online registration form.

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Train The Trainers™ is coming to Las Vegas!

Dressage Judges, L Graduates, Trainers and Amateurs welcomed!


The California Western Dressage Association will be hosting its third Train The Trainers™ clinic and seminar in Las Vegas, NV on April 15 – 16, 2019. If you want to learn all about Western Dressage, this is the place to be!

Train the Trainers™ program, developed and owned by Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel, is designed to educate professional trainers, judges and Western Dressage enthusiasts who want to learn the standards of Western Dressage and how to train, hold clinics, show and judge this exciting new discipline. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to all clinic graduates. The WDAA lists all TTT graduate trainers on the WDAA website. As professional trainers, you are an integral part of the success of the discipline of Western Dressage.

Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson, seasoned Western Dressage clinicians and trainers, conduct the clinic. Frances and Cliff have been teaching Western Dressage clinics and training Western Dressage horses for many years prior to the inception of the WDAA.

For more information about Frances go to: http://classicallegacydressage.com/,

and about Cliff, go to: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/news-events/interview-with-cliff-swanson-on-horseworld-today/.

By participating in a Train the Trainers™ clinic, you will become a part of the foundation of the educational thrust of Western Dressage. If you are not a professional trainer, but would like to attend the Train The Trainers™ clinic, you will receive an Amateur Certificate of Completion.

*** Register Here! ***

Schedule (subject to adjustments):

Day 1 ~ Morning Session – Developing Your Eye.
Morning sessions will be held at a nearby high school lecture room. We will have active discussions led by Cliff Swanson and Frances Carbonnel, supported by videos and handouts. Snacks and lunch will be served each day w/registration.

Topics for Classroom Session:

  • What is Western Dressage?
  • Gaits and Maneuvers, Including Gaited Horses
  • WDAA/USEF Rules (will be included in packets)
  • How Equitation affects the horse’s performance
  • Rail classes
  • Bend equals Lateral Suppleness
  • Discussion of tack

Afternoon Session will take place in the covered show arena at Cottonwood Farm in northern Las Vegas. Several demonstration riders on different breeds of horses will participate. On the first day, Frances Carbonnel and Cliff Swanson will coach the Demo riders in equitation, lateral movements, and basic principles of the lower levels.

Day 2 ~ Morning Session – Overview of the philosophy of Western Dressage Tests
The Morning session will again be in a classroom setting at the nearby high school. We will review Day 1 and objectives of Day 2, supported by videos and handouts. Snacks and lunch will again be served.

Topics for Classroom Session:

  • Philosophy of Western Dressage tests
  • Understanding Judging Criteria from the judge’s perspective
  • WD Musical Freestyle
  • Working toward Collection – Advanced Maneuvers

Afternoon Session will again be in the covered show arena at Cottonwood Farm. Frances and Cliff will coach riders on how to move up the levels. Riders will demonstrate advanced maneuvers, Ride a Test Level 1, T1; and Level 2, T1

Reservation Details:

Cottonwood Farm
The TTT will be held at Cottonwood Farm (click here for details) in Las Vegas. Many dressage shows and clinics are held there each year.

Our host hotel is the Aliante Hotel Casino Spa, 7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89084, phone: 702) 692-7777. Ask for the Group Reservation ID: CICAWDA discounted rate of $109/night for a single or double-occupancy room. Rooms must be reserved by March 10, 2019. McCarran International Airport is located approximately 35 minutes from Cottonwood Farm and the host hotel.

Class size is limited. Please submit your application with your equestrian resume and payment online at https://www.cawda.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=429393&item_id=930480.
If you wish to pay by check, please contact the California Western Dressage Association at info@cawda.org. Hope to see you there for this exciting event!

California Western Dressage Association – http://cawda.org