In the Spotlight Interview with Carla Wennberg


Carla Wennberg
Western Horsemanship

This bio excerpt is taken from Carla's bio on St. Andrews University Page.

Carla is a University of Georgia Alumna, graduating in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. Carla joined the equestrian staff in 2006 as the head Western Coach and teaches dressage instruction as well. Carla is responsible for coaching the IHSA Western Team, and teaching horse judging classes. Carla has won three World Championships at AQHA Youth Worlds, and was All Around Youth at American Quarter Horse Congress. Carla has also won a bronze medal in dressage. She has been an AQHA judge for 22 years, and spent 18 years as a NRHA and NSBA judge. She has judged in eight foreign countries. Carla has also worked at other universities prior to coming to St. Andrews. She spent six years at Colorado State University, five years at the University of Georgia, and almost five at Martin Community College.


In 2008 Carla was honored as AQHA Horseman of the Year and in Oct. 2010 she served as a FEI steward for reining at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. In 2012 she was awarded IHSA Sportsmanship Coach of the Year and in 2013 Carla's IHSA Western team were Reserve National Champions. A multi-faceted horsewomen she also has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze medal.

“Making the horse's welfare foremost is the job of the FEI steward and by working at the World Games"


Carla's Video Topics:

An Interview with Carla Wennberg - Western Horsemanship Coach

Join Carla as she takes us on a journey through her life and career and shares with us her passion for the sport. In this free video, we learn about her career as a championship rider and her teaching career at several prestigious universities with equestrian programs including; Colorado Sate University, University of Georgia, Martin Community College and St. Andrews University. But her favorite career highlight in the Western Horsemanship industry has been that of a judge. Carla has been a Quarter Horse Judge for 29 years, with 26 of that also spent as a National Snaffle Bit Association Judge and a National Reining Association Judge. She is also a FEI Steward for reining. Her goal is to share with others all the things she has learned throughout the years in hopes that her riders will gain the same appreciation and love for the industry as she has.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 2 seconds

Western Horsemanship - Mental Preparation for Pattern Work

Carla Wennberg, coach, judge and FEI steward, introduces her Western Horsemanship video series with a free lesson about the mental preparation of the rider required to perform a horsemanship pattern at a show. Carla’s strategy for the success of her riders calls for repeated rehearsal and practice of the pattern. She suggests riders walk and talk the pattern on foot to get comfortable with the arena and to lay out the visuals to complete the pattern work. It is important for the rider to talk through their thought process so  any corrections can be made before getting on the horse. Proper mental preparation gives the rider confidence and helps them win events.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 53 seconds