What We Do
The Central States Dressage & Eventing Association (CSDEA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to growing the sports of dressage and eventing in the upper midwest. Wherever you are in your riding journey, you will find an array of programs and resources to help you connect with the community and the sport you love.
See our annual CSDEA Highlights pages for a quick look at what CSDEA does in a year:
Ready to get more involved? Our programs were all started and continue thanks to the ideas and energy of members like you! Complete our volunteer survey to let us know your areas of interest. Or, reach out directly to a committee chair or the CSDEA president today!
Members receive 5 issues of our award-winning Cross Country Magazine each year (3 printed and mailed, 2 digital), along with access to years of past Cross Country issues digitally via the website. Members may also choose to receive our annual Omnibus booklet (free prior to February 1, fee after). CSDEA also distributes a monthly email newsletter, available to members and non-members.
Your one-stop-shop for dressage- and eventing-related activities throughout the region.
Educational Clinics & Schooling Shows
CSDEA offers educational events throughout the year, including mounted and unmounted clinics, schooling shows, and seminars. Members receive discounted participant and auditor pricing. We communicate about these events on our calendar (you can always recognize events we organize: they start with CSDEA), in our annual omnibus, through email, and through our Facebook page.
Junior Developing Rider Program
Since 2001, CSDEA's Junior Developing Rider Program (JDRP) has offered junior and young riders a season-long series of clinics with a nationally-accomplished eventing instructor
Members are eligible for scholarships to help pay for clinic tuition.
CSDEA Dressage Festival and Championships
Held in September of each year, the CSDEA Dressage Festival and Championships is a weekend of competition and camaraderie. Cheer, volunteer, compete, or strut your stuff at the Festival Under the Stars -- however you like to participate, we look forward to seeing you at this spectacular fall event!
Facilities Development Program
We offer grants to support the development and maintenance of area facilities that are used by our members.
Spring & Fall Tack Swaps
Have tack you don't need? Need tack you don't have? At our bi-annual tack swaps, you can snag a deal while giving back: these fundraisers support CSDEA programs and area Pony Clubs.
Our social events are open to members and non-members alike, and are a wonderful way to mingle with fellow horse enthusiasts. Come casual to our Ice Breaker social event each spring, or go glam at the Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction each winter.
We send member representatives to the USDF and USEA annual conventions. Our delegates represent CSDEA at these national meetings, and bring back new ideas and best practices from other organizations around the country.
Year-End Awards Program
Volunteer Recognition Program & Volunteer Opportunities
CSDEA is proud to recognize the ongoing efforts and commitment of our volunteers to the organization through our Volunteer Recognition Program. Our Volunteer Committee also works to connect interested volunteers with fun and rewarding ways to give back in our community.
Von Bluecher Award
Each year, we recognize an outstanding volunteer with our Von Bluecher Award.