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.

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Wendy Warner


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. 


Kathy Gubar


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.


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.


Rachel Edwards

Member at Large

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.


Helen Ingersoll

Communications Chair

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!


Karen Mahaffey

Competition Chair

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.


Tiana Darling

Junior/Young Rider Chair


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.


Ashley Dimmette

Dressage Chair

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.


Emme Johnston

Dressage Co-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. 



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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