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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:

2023 CSDEA Highlights
-  2022 CSDEA Highlights


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!

CSDEA Publications

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. Clinician and rider discuss lessons learned

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, in the monthly e-newsletter, through special emailsl, and through our Facebook page.

Rider Scholarships

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.

DIY Fall Tack Sale

Have tack you don't need? Need tack you don't have? Sell them at the Fall Festival. See the Calendar for details.Members mug in the photo booth at the 2015 Ice Breaker

Annual Awards Banquet

Each winter we hold the Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction each winter, where awards for the previous year are given to winners.

National Representation

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.