It was a beautiful Saturday evening in November for the Second Annual Meeting of the WDAFL. There was an air of excitement as the Board of Directors set up the Bridge Room at the Grand Oaks Resort prior to the arrival of members and their guests. Everyone was received by Daryl Leonard, Treasurer, and greeted by Lynn Shinkle, President. Then they made their way to the raffle tables where Board Members Dru Travis, Angelyn Trimble and Marie-Frances Davis encouraged members to purchase tickets to raise funds for WDAFL. Of course, the wonderful sponsors who donated more than 30 prizes made that all possible.

After Lynn Shinkle’s Presidential Reception, everyone enjoyed a nice meal and time to visit prior to the Business Meeting where new board members Carole Jackson and Jennifer Whiddon were elected. Additionally a treasurer’s and membership reports were presented. Great news to hear was that membership more than doubled in one year’s time!

The featured guest speaker, WDAFL member Marsha Sapp, mesmerized the audience with stories of her journeys with several of her Mustang Makeover project horses. Her talk, accompanied by a photo and video slide show represented what the magical relationship between a horse and rider can be. After thanking Marsha, the highlight of the evening was the High Point Awards presentation. With gorgeous Gist Best Buckles, custom shirts and caps sponsored by PoloGear USA, winners in Open, Amateur and Youth for Introductory Level to Level 3 were photographed with their stunning awards. Click here for a list of the year end award winners.

As the second full year of the WDAFL’s existence comes to a close, a bigger and better year is on the horizon. As always, the Board asks for input from its members to continue on the mission of enjoying the horse and the wonderful sport of western dressage.  Click here for more pictures and information on the Second Annual Meeting!

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Marsha Hartford Sapp, guest speaker



Daryl Leonard accepts the Valiant Award with a smile!



Dru Travis, Lynn Shinkle, Daryl Leonard, Angela Trimble, Marie-Frances Davis WDAFL Board of Directors



Thanks to all our sponsors and raffle item donors!!!

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The mission of WDAFL reflects that of the national WDAA,

WDA-Affiliate-Quote The mission of the Western Dressage Association is to honor the horse and to value the partnership it has provided. Our goal is to provide a model of training and horsemanship which optimizes this partnership for the benefit of both horse and rider. In this, we celebrate the American West where all these things came to pass.