Board of Directors

Dear Member:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your support and continuing participation.  We are truly grateful for your membership, without which, we wouldn’t have an organization.

2018 was a great year that saw increased membership and participation. 2019 will be another fun-filled year with clinics and competitions, and more! 

Although we thrive on volunteer support, renewals are vital to our success! By remaining a member, we will be able to accomplish the many events planned for the year.


Remember that by joining NCDCTA, you are also joining USDF as a Group Member with its numerous advantages (e-Trak, subscription to USDF Connections, numerous discounts and USDF award eligibility). So, joining NCDCTA is BOGO—buy 1 get 1 free!


Please join us in making our area a better place to enjoy our horses! Renew your membership today!

- Amanda Miller, NCDCTA President


Amanda Miller


Amanda Miller started out as Eventing Chairman in 2010, becoming VP in 2016 and now President since 2017.  Amanda resides in Clayton. She runs her own business, Miller Eventing, which provides training for horse and rider. She has competed through the Advanced level of eventing and has her USDF Bronze medal for dressage. Amanda attended NC State University, studying Animal Science. In 2006, she became an USEA Certified Instructor, the youngest to be certified at that time. In 2012, Amanda received her "r" Event Judge's License and was promoted to a "R" in 2016. She obtained her FEI level 2 judges license in 2019 and is now able to judge all over the world.  Amanda loves spending time with her husband, Rob Mobley, who is also a USEF course designer and FEI course builder. Amanda is excited about this opportunity to help NCDCTA to continue and grow. 


Joan Hilsman​

Vice President

Joan lives in the Southern Pines area after relocating from Texas. She has been riding since age six and is now focused on eventing. She rode Hunter Jumpers in Texas and New Mexico. She has competed at training level and is now competing several horses at Maiden, Beginner Novice, and Novice divisions. As a retired teacher she has lots of experiencing marshaling resources and getting her students, and now newsletter contributors, to get their assignments turned in.


Tyler James


Originally from Sanford, NC, Tyler is an adult amateur eventer who now resides in Charlotte.  After riding and competing throughout the area as a teenager, Tyler took a break from horses for 10 years to finish his education and build a corporate career that could financially support his passion.  With that goal in mind, Tyler completed a B.S. in Finance in 2012 at N.C. State University before working in investment banking and corporate debt research for 5 years.  In 2017, Tyler enrolled in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Full-Time MBA program, completing his graduate degree in 2019 and returning to Charlotte to shift his career toward marketing and corporate strategy.  Tyler now leads Market Intelligence & Strategic Marketing for Newell Brands, focused on the Rubbermaid Commercial and Consumer business units.  He is currently competing at the Novice level with goals to continue to progress up the grades in eventing and dressage.

As Treasurer, Tyler is excited to bring his perspective to the organization and combine his passions for equestrian sport and business to further add value for the NCDCTA’s current and future members.


Rachel Edwards


Rachel Edwards lives in and runs her dressage training business, Stellar Dressage, out of Southern Pines, NC. She was raised in Havelock, NC and began participating in NCDCTA events at a young age. She is thrilled now for the opportunity to give back to the club as a board member. Rachel is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, and she has a BA in Geography from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and a MS in Marine Science from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.


Jessica Brown

Member at Large (Gala)


Alex Martini

Member at Large

Alex is an Eventing professional based in Vass, NC. She began riding at a young age and after a short stent in the Western world was drawn to Eventing. Fortunately, her family moved to Southern Pines where there was an active horse scene year- round. There were clinics, shows, and schooling opportunities nearly every weekend. She came up through the Young Rider ranks and was fortunate enough to represent Area II a number of times. She returned to North Carolina after college due to the diverse equestrian community and central location on the East Coast. She and her husband purchased a farm two years ago and now have a permanent home base located just outside of Southern Pines and a short drive from the Carolina Horse Park.


Deb Branson

Member at Large


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Wendy Warner

Competition Chair

Originally from Maine, competition chair Wendy Warner works full time as a CPA. She earned her associate degree in accounting from Wake Tech in 2015 and finished her bachelor's degree in finance from NC State. Wendy lives on a small farm in New Hill, NC with her boyfriend and shelter dog. Wendy earned her USDF Bronze medal in 2013 and currently competes in dressage with her homebred Connemara cross, Watson. 


Emme Johnston

Dressage Chair

Emme Johnston is a dressage trainer and instructor based in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level. Emme graduated from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) in 2010, and while she was there won National Championships in both Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage. She has earned several NCDCTA Horse of the Year awards and has been selected to ride in multiple NCDCTA symposiums. Emme enjoys working with horses and riders of all ages and levels and strives to improve harmony and strength of horse and rider through the fundamentals of classical dressage training. 


Amy Howes Warren

Eventing Chair

Amy and her husband Don live on their farm in Hillsborough, NC and enjoy Eventing and fox hunting together. Amy is an adult amateur and has competed though Training level eventing. She hopes to continue to move up through the levels with her horses Milo and Rosie. She graduated with a BS in Zoology from NC State, and Masters in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. She works at WakeMed as a physical therapist and judges-rated and schooling hunter/jumper shows. Amy is excited for the opportunity to work as the Eventing Chairman.


Tonya Bruno

Communications Chair

Tonya Bruno lives in Hillsborough, NC with her Husband Ralph and her 5 Homebred Foundation Morgans on their Felicity Farm. Tonya is an AA Dressage Competitor and lifelong learner. Before retiring to be a full time Farm Worker, Tonya worked in a variety of Sales and Marketing senior roles in the Building Materials Industry. She served on the Boards of the National Association of Remodeling Industry, Washington, DC (Past President), the Morgan Dressage Association and Cornerstone Foundation Morgan Horses. 


Tiana Darling

Junior/Young Rider Chair



The North Carolina Dressage & Combined Training Association (NCDCTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the equestrian sports of dressage and combined training (eventing). Run by volunteers, the association and its members regularly organize and sponsor various activities designed to heighten its members’ and the general public’s knowledge of and appreciation for dressage and combined training.

NCDCTA is a Region 1 Group Member Organization of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). NCDCTA is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States, boasting over 700 members. NCDCTA members range from first-time riders to Olympians.

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