We are the official Michigan Affiliate of the Western Dressage Association® of America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2010 as the Nationally Recognized Affiliate for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

The Western Dressage Association® of Michigan (WDAMI) was created to further the Mission Statement of the Western Dressage Association® of America.  Through clinics, shows, and events, we work with all Michigan clubs, associations and organizations that are interested in adding Western Dressage to their venues.  

The opinions, advise and conclusions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of WDAMI or WDAA.


From the seeds planted by men such as Tom and Bill Dorrance, grew new and more humane methods of starting colts and finishing performance horses. Light hands, subtle cues, and an appreciation for the ultimate benefits derived from a true partnership between horse and rider all led to a revolution in Western Horsemanship. It was only natural that at some point on this journey east would meet west, english would meet western, and Classical Dressage would meet the spirit of the western horse. When that day arrived, Western Dressage was born.

Western Dressage discipline is a melding of training methods. Classical Dressage brings the techniques of master European horsemen, techniques that are hundreds of years old and based upon principles which encourage cadence, balance, and carriage. It is technical and it is precise, a rigorous discipline for horse and rider. It is also an art. Western Horsemanship has been practiced on the ranches of the American West since the 1700s and even earlier through the traditions of the Spanish vaqueros. The subsequent advances in Western Horsemanship begun by the Dorrance Brothers and practiced by a new generation of horsemen and women opened the door to the mind of the horse, encouraging patience and understanding. The concept of “lightness” and subtle cues grew from its acceptance.

So, you have heard of Western Dressage?  But don’t know where to start?  See the RULES & TESTS page for a list of Michigan judges, trainers, and educators that can help you get started.  You will be surprised at the venues already out there waiting for you!


WDAMI is currently governed by a board of 11 highly experienced horse people across the state of Michigan and include long-time respected judges, trainers, clinicians, and educators.  Feel free to contact any of them for more information.

Suzanne Morrise, President, eaglehorse1@hotmail.com, (906) 440-0215, Dafter, MI (upper peninsula)
Sue Hughes, Vice-President, prideandjoyfarm@yahoo.com, (734) 604-2439, Plymouth, MI
Joanne Coy, Secretary, jcoy52@gmail.com, (269) 217-0314, Otsego, MI
Diane Kaser, Trustee & Facebook Editor, dhorse46@gmail.com, (231) 882-9571, Beulah, MI
Dorothy Mueller, Trustee, dmuellerdressage2005@gmail.com, (313) 215-1944, Leonard, MI
Bonni Hazen, Trustee, atliberty95@aol.com, (810) 834-0087, Metamora, MI
Kim Nobel, Trustee, kdnobel@juno.com, (616) 558-1567, Dorr, MI
Rachel Belcher, Trustee, horsemanshipx@yahoo.com, (231) 689-0953, White Cloud, MI
Chandra Nielson, Trustee, twhmajor@gmail.com, (517) 648-1984, Williamston, MI
Carol Baldwin, Trustee, carolannbaldwin@gmail.com, (231) 525-8842 or (231) 290-0061



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