President’s Letter November 2019

Western Dressage Association of Michigan – November President’s Letter

Dear Members,

The holiday season is approaching, and the cold weather is creeping in as we scurry around to finish our last-minute projects before winter hits.   Don’t forget to send in your forms for our awards programs.  The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2019.

The Western Dressage World Championship show was a blast. There were four riders plus a few volunteers from Michigan.   We all supported each other and had a wonderful time.   Many new friendships were formed. 

Our Michigan riders did very well.  

Jennifer Sigety and her lovely horse HS PINERO* were in the top 10 overall in the Introductory Level, Amateur Division.  They placed 3rd in Intro Amateur Test 3 with a 74.54 and 7th in Intro Amateur Test 4 with a 68.810. They also placed 4th in Walk/Trot Suitability and Walk/Trot Horsemanship.

Graceanne Winegard and her cute pony, Whisper, placed 8th overall in the Introductory Level,  Youth Division. They received a 5th in Intro Youth Test 2 with a 72.778 and 10th in Intro Youth Test 4 with a 68.333. Graceanne and Whisper also competed in the pattern classes and won a 4th in Basic Pattern Test A and placed 5th in Basic Pattern Test B. 

Susan Machin and her beautiful horse Larcos Boy competed in the Open Division at both Level 2 and Level 3.  At Level 2, the pair placed 5th in Test 2 with a 67.312 and 6th in Test 4 with a 67.742.  At Level 3, they were 8th in Test 1 with a 70.37 and placed 5th in Test 4 with a 68.71.  

Suzanne Morisse and her Haflinger mare Sabreena Sue competed in the Open Division at Levels 3 and 4. They were overall Reserve Champion for the Open Division at Level 3 and placed 4th overall in Open Division at Level 4.  At level 3 the pair took the Championship ribbon in two events, Tests 2 and 4, with scores of 76.406 for Test 2 and 74.032 in Test 4.  They also scored a Reserve Champion ribbon in Test 1 with a 78.148 and a 3rd place ribbon in Test 3 with a 68.667.  In Open Level 4 test 1 they received a 75.517 to place 3rd, in Test 2 they received a 72.903 for another 3rd.  In Open Level Test 3 they came in 4th with a 60.286 and in Test 4 they were 3rd with a 65.  Sabreena Sue and Suzanne were also the Champions of the Haflinger Breed award with the highest scoring Haflinger at 78.148.  

WDAMI sponsored awards for the highest scoring Michigan horse for Youth, Amateur, and Open at the World Show.  Congratulations to Jennifer Sigety who received the Highest Scoring Amateur with a 74.54, Graceanne Winegard, highest scoring youth with a 72.778 and Suzanne Morisse highest scoring open with a 78.148.

Congratulations to all on a very successful show.

The date for our WDAMI  2019 Year End Banquet is February 22, 2020.  The Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Mount Pleasant.  Stay tuned for more details next month. Hope to see you there.

WDAMI and WDAA Memberships for 2019 expire on January 1, 2020.  You can easily join or renew memberships for both WDAMI and WDAA by holding down the control key and clicking on the following link: .  January 2020 is only a few snowstorms away!!  Thank you so much for supporting WDAMI and WDAA.  We could not do this without YOU!!

WDAMI is looking for donors to help sponsor the Year-end Awards program and Educational events.  If you would like to help by sponsoring or finding sponsors, please contact,  or call, 231-525-8842 or 906-440-0215.   We need your help!! 

Our quote of the month is by Janet Foy: “There must be an aid, an answer, and a reward. If you take care of the basics, the movements will take care of themselves.

Thank you for your support. Be safe, have fun, enjoy your equine partner and exercise the act of kindness to all.  Until next time.

Suzanne Morisse WDAMI President