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 started out as Eventing Chairman in 2010, becoming VP in 2016 and now President in 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 Third level 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, one of only 5 in the US. Amanda is excited about this opportunity to step into this position and continue to help NCDCTA grow.


Amanda Miller


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.

Vice President

Joan Hilsman​

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Originally from Maine, treasurer Wendy Warner works full time as a bookkeeper. She earned her associate degree in accounting from Wake Tech in 2015 and is nearly finished with her bachelor's degree in finance from NC State. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to sit for her CPA license. 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. 


Wendy Warner


Kathy Gubar of Apex is an active competitor in Adult Amateur dressage and USDF L graduate.  She has a degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has worked in the music industry and video production for many years.  She enjoys riding her Hanoverian gelding Murano and has worked from Second Level to PSG with him.  He helped her earn her USDF Bronze Medal, and is one score away from her silver medal.


Kathy Gubar


Elizabeth resides on the family farm in La Grange, NC, with her Husband & their son. The land is currently crop land with a few acres dedicated to her horses.

She has 3 years’ experience with eventing & is competing at Beginner Novice due to injury with her only mount keeping them from moving up the levels. Their plan is to compete at Novice in 2018. During the down time she did spend several hours volunteering at Carolina Horse Park to become more acquainted with (& out of love for) the sport of eventing.

With 17 years of riding experience, she spent several years competing in the hunter ring. In college she was a member of the East Carolina University Equestrian at which she competed in hunters, equitation and IHSA, and eventually made it to regionals her Junior year. After college she competed in the jumper ring with hopes of getting into eventing, but ended up taking a short hiatus to have her son. She returned to riding in 2015 & immediately decided to do eventing, something that she had wanted to do since her youth.

After being both a competitor & volunteering, it was important to her to continue to increase her involvement within the sport & NCDCTA. She hopes to continue to become more involved while bring new ideas for the next generation of riders.

Member at Large – Annual Awards Gala

Elizabeth Griffith​


Member at Large

Jessica Brown


Karen, her husband Bobby and daughter Georgia reside in Belews Creek, North Carolina.  Karen is an instructor, coach, trainer and breeder as well as USDF L Graduate.  Her breeding and retired horses are at her personal farm, Red Letter Farm and she leases Steeple Hill Farm in Summerfield, NC for her lesson and training program.  Karen and her daughter actively show Dressage and have competed through 4th level successfully.  Karen also home schools Georgia.  Karen, who was on the NCDCTA Board 2000-2004 is actively working towards her Silver Medal and looks forward to being involved with the organization again.

Member at Large

Karen Fulcher


Helen runs her business, Frog Pond Farm NC in Cedar Grove, NC. She is a bronze and silver medalist and focuses on natural horsemanship. In addition to dressage training, Frog Pond Farm NC is home to Sincerus Leadership , a company that provides equine experiential learning for personal and professional development. Helen has been a member of the NCDCTA since 2003 and is thrilled to work alongside this board to serve our membership. She is excited to help facilitate a great newsletter, website and member communication, and support great educational opportunities. Feel free to reach out if you would like to submit an article or have a great idea for one!

Communications Chair

Helen Ingersoll


Karen Mahaffey resides in Sanford North Carolina with her husband Mark and daughter Rebecca. Together they run a small private equine facility that offers lessons and training. Karen has a BS in Animal Science from Clemson University. She has  competed through the CCI** level and fourth level dressage as well as earning her Bronze Medal. She is now in the process of acquiring her "L" with USDF. She has been an instructor for 25 years and is still actively competing.

Competition Chair

Karen Mahaffey


Monika von Windheim and her family live in Durham, NC. She had worked on a family horse farm in Canada before moving to NC 25 years ago. She shares her passion for horses with her husband and two daughters while her two sons honor their Canadian heritage and play hockey. After purchasing an eleven  old Polish TB mare, Optimistic, for her daughter in 2012 she became more involved with the dressage community. She is a novice rider who looks forward to any opportunity to be around horses.

Junior/Young Rider Chair

Monika von Windheim


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.

Eventing Chair

Amy Howes Warren


Ashley is the owner of Dimmette Dressage, rides and trains out of Ovation Farm and the surrounding Raleigh area. Ashley is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, and a graduate 'B' Pony Clubber. Ashley enjoys teaching and training horses and riders of all backgrounds. She is currently working toward her gold medal on Carlito.

Dressage Chair

Ashley Dimmette


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. 

Dressage Co-Chair

Emme Johnston



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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