COTTONDALE — The Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association Northwest Florida Chapter will be holding an instructor refresher course this weekend in Cottondale.

 COTTONDALE — The Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association Northwest Florida Chapter will be holding an instructor refresher course this weekend in Cottondale.

  A Refresher Instructors Workshop will be hosted at the Willow Bend South show grounds Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28 in Cottondale. The event is open to all those who have participated in precursor programs.

  This workshop was created this year in an effort to help those who have been through the program — as a testing candidate or in a workshop — complete the program. The Refresher Workshop addresses all areas of the program (riding, lunging, and teaching) throughout the two days. It also allows the participants to focus on their specific areas of weakness before moving forward to final certification. The event is also open to auditors. The faculty instructor is Ann Guptill from CT.

The DSDCTA is a nonprofit organization that formed to promote participation in the equine disciplines of Dressage and Combined Training.  

The original DSDCTA had no chapters. Today the organization is made up of six chapters with hundreds of members throughout the region. Increasing awareness, education and membership is fundamental to the group.

  DSDCTA offers educational opportunities in the forms of scholarships, clinics, recognized shows, and schooling shows for its members. DSDCTA recognizes rider achievements through a Year-End Awards Program.

  Another upcoming event hosted by the group is a Chinese Acupuncture Medicine and Chiropractic work on Nov. 19 at Willow Bend South. Open to all members and nonmembers, this workshop will prove informative and entertaining for all horse enthusiasts. Instructors include Dr. Wendy Ying, DVM specializing in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and Dr. Kyle Swanson, DC.CAC, specializing in chiropractic care for horse and rider.

  Dr. Ying is a veterinarian at 5 Elements for Animals, a mobile traditional Chinese veterinary medicine practice. She offers acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal therapy, food therapy, gait analysis, laser therapy and nutritional and wellness consults.

  In addition to general family practice and his role in primary care, Dr. Swanson is board certified in veterinary chiropractic for large and small pleasure and performance animals.

  Additional upcoming events include:

Four recognized Dressage and Dressage Sport horse shows called DSDCTA NWFL Classic I- IV.

One of the shows is a benefit show with proceeds going to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This event is planned for March 16-17.

NWFl chapter awards will be held at Misty Meadow Stable in Southport on Dec. 1.

  DSDCTA is striving to help promote horse education and activities for the junior young riders, adult amateurs and the professionals in this area. The group is also hoping to expand to include western dressage in this area.

Applications are being accepted for renewal or new members to join the NWFL Chapter- Membership starts from Oct. 1 -Sept. 30, 2013. For more information on the DSDCTA, workshops, instructors or to become a member visit or contact Mary Jane Benson at 850-638-8352.

To contact Dr. Ying, visit To contact Dr. Swanson, visit