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Independent Judges Association 2016 Annual Judges Clinic

Independent Judges Association

2016 Annual Judges Clinic

 May 19 to 22, 2016

Los Angeles Equestrian Centre – Burbank, California

 The Independent Judges Association (IJA), a subset of The Friends of Sound Horses, Inc. (FOSH) announces the annual Judges Training Seminar May 19 to 22, 2016.  This intense and comprehensive clinic consists of classroom instruction, detailed information on IJA standards for judging all gaited horses, active discussion and live judging.

The clinic is held in conjunction with a horse show hosted by the National Plantation Walking Horse Association.  The Spring Fling and Futurity is an all Gaited Breed Show comprising breed specific and Open Gaited Breed classes held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Centre in Burbank, California.  Founded in 1979, NPWHA is one of the oldest organizations to recognize and promote the natural Tennessee Walking Horse.  To quote from the NPWHA Mission statement: NPWHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sound and natural Tennessee Walking Horse. No chains, pads, stacks or artificial training devices allowed. We are FOSH compliant and promote the NATURAL GAITED TWH! 

Education at IJA clinics is focused on judging gaited breeds through a combination of classroom instruction and practical application.  Thursday is spent in the classroom devoted to: the philosophy, values and ethics of the IJA program; class procedure; penalties; and Open Gaited Breed etc.  The guest breed for 2016 is the Tennessee Walking Horse.  The TWH standards will be presented by IJA Judges with over 100 years of experience with sound and natural Tennessee Walking Horses.  The show provides Judges, apprentices and auditors the opportunity to turn theory into practice during a scheduled show.

FOSH/IJA focuses on the whole horse – emotionally, mentally and physically.  As stated in the FOSH Mission statement, “Importance is placed on education regarding the humane care for the emotional, mental and physical well being, training and treatment of all gaited horses.”  As knowledge of the horse expands, the education of judges and owners and trainers must expand to include the new knowledge.  The better our understanding of the horse, the better horsemen and judges we become.

In addition to judges and prospective judges, the Annual IJA Training Seminar welcomes anyone with an interest in expanding their knowledge of the horse. Registration is limited and is required for all attendees.

For further information contact Dianne Little at

New WDDA show Recignition Program

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January 31, 2016




A Closer Look at the New WDAA Show Recognition Program


Parker, Colorado – The Western Dressage Association of America has developed a new Show Recognition Program, allowing local horse shows with Western Dressage classes to be recognized under the WDAA. Approved shows allow competitors to earn points towards the WDAA Lifetime Achievement & Award program while competing locally. There is significant and growing demand for recognized shows on local circuits. In turn, show recognition assists show managers by providing competitor incentives and advertising to a larger demographic.


Each approved show is assigned a unique show identification number and is granted exclusive WDAA branded logos for advertising and promotion (provided electronically upon approval of application). In order for a show to be approved it must adhere to WDAA/USEF Rules for all tests and rail classes; must use only the WDAA tests; and all tests and rail classes must be judged by WDAA/USEF qualified judges that are WDAA members in good standing. Applications must be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the show start date. Applications (one per show) must include the show bill or prize/class list, Judge’s credentials and the $35 recognized show fee. Approved shows will be highlighted on the WDAA Events Calendar with a link to show details. The WDAA retains the right of final approval for recognition of all events.


WDAA Recognized Shows will allow all WDAA-member competitors to submit points toward the WDAA Horse Lifetime Award Programs following the show. Information on the Lifetime Awards Program can be found here: Show management must appoint a knowledgeable designated individual to check and inspect tack, bits, nosebands, etc. outside of the ring immediately following the completion of the test. A horse must be eliminated from the test just completed if tack is in violation of the rules. All WDAA Recognized Show results must be submitted to the WDAA within fourteen (14) days of the closing of event. Following the show, riders are eligible to submit class scores toward their horse’s Lifetime points.


Further information about the Show Recognition Program can be found here:


About the Western Dressage Association® of America: The Western Dressage Association® of America is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization focused on providing a model of horsemanship which optimizes the partnership of horse and rider for their mutual benefit.  The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is “to honor the horse, to value the partnership between horse and rider and to celebrate the legacy of the American West” which it focuses on through its offerings of educational opportunities and events to the equestrian community.  Please visit our website at for more information.