Palm Equestrian Academy to Host First WDAA/AQHA Western Dressage and Ranch Horse Events in Italy

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The first live Western Dressage competition in Europe recognized by both the American Quarter Horse Association and the Western Dressage Association of America is June 24, 2023. It is an honor for Lynn Palm and show manager Marie-Frances Davis to bring their competition/educational program to Europe. After launching the inaugural events in 2022 and building to 6 events, including Italy, in 2023, the pair is eager to see the Winning Weekend grow.

Palm Equestrian Academy’s Winning Ways with Western Dressage expands this year not only in locations but in events.  Saturday June 24 is an AQHA/WDAA Western Dressage show at ALBA Quarter Horses in Siena Italy. With the similarity of Western Dressage and Ranch Horse Events and Lynn Palm’s credentials to judge both, adding a second day of competition on Sunday dedicated to the Ranch Horse was a natural fit.

The Western Dressage show is open to all breeds and will offer Tests from Introductory Level to Level 5. The Ranch Horse events will include Conformation, Ranch Rail, Ranch Riding and Ranch Trail. This is a great opportunity for all around western horses and riders to showcase their versatility and earn AQHA and WDAA points in the process while receiving valuable feedback from an expert judge in both arenas.

To learn more about Winning Ways with Western Dressage visit or Facebook. For additional Winning Ways with Western Dressage locations, visit the calendar at

Lynn Palm
Palm’s career highlights include 2007 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsewoman of the Year, a record four AQHA Superhorse wins, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women’s Athletic Association, named one of the top United States clinicians by Horse & Rider magazine, over 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Champions, 14 WDAA World and Reserve World Championships and over 50 bridleless dressage exhibitions at events including the National Horse Show, 1989 World Cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and World Cup. Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon are co-founders of three horse industry companies: Palm Equestrian Academy, Women LUV Horses, and Alliance Saddlery USA. Palm is the author of The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection and Your Complete Guide to Western Dressage.

About Marie-Frances Davis
After completing her internship at the Royal Palm Ranch in 1996 and graduating Summa Cum Laude from Salem-Teikyo University in Equine Careers and Industry Management in 1997, Davis rejoined the Palm Equestrian Academy team in the fall of 1997. In the years since, she has done everything from managing show horses and breeding stallions to competing in hunter events and with quarter horses in dressage. Now, her focus is to manage daily operations of Palm Equestrian Academy including clinics, competitions and European Journeys.

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