From: American Horse Publications via AHP-LIST <>
Date: February 1, 2016 at 9:40:42 AM CST
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Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: A Closer Look at the New WDAA Show Recognition 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.