August 2020 Newsletter

Your August Newsletter from WDAA

President's Letter

Dear Friends, Thank you to everyone who has sent messages in support of our decision to transform our 2020 WDAA World Show to an online format. WDAA staff, World Show staff, and I appreciate all of your offers of assistance and ideas as well as your questions. Decisions regarding the show format have been made and I assure you that our show team is working like crazy to get the details of the show, including the new prize list to you as soon as possible.

To emulate a live show as much as possible, the WDAA 2020 Online World Championship Show will be different from other online shows in several ways:

  • Exhibitors will enter the show before recording their tests. After entries close, exhibitors will receive personalized signs for each class entered, to print and display in the beginning of each video. There will be a different sign for each class.
  • WDAA State Affiliates will have the option of hosting award parties (when they can do so while complying with their State’s current COVID19 control measures). Exhibitors will be able to specify on entry forms whether they would like their awards sent to their homes or to their affiliate of choice.
  • Show stewards will review submitted videos before sending them to judges.
  • Results will be available to view as soon as they come in through
  • Prizes will include the choice of jackets or vests for class winners, buckles for division winners, rosettes for the top ten in each class, huge rosettes for top ten in each division, high score awards for affiliate members, the silver spur award, high score awards for every horse breed represented and more including the bragging rights that come with earning a World Championship.

WDAA’s World Show Team including our staff, contractors, and volunteers are trail blazing at lightning speed to bring you what I think will be the largest online horse show the World has ever seen. How exciting it is to be a part of this event at this time in history. This is absolutely a year that none of us will ever forget!

In addition to the online World Championship Show, WDAA members have lots to look forward to! Our talented member education committee is getting ready to launch fantastic learning modules and fun quizzes on our members only, Learning Management System (LMS). Also, our amazing test writing committee is making good progress developing new tests to be rolled-out in 2022.

As always, the best way to offer feedback or suggestions or ask questions about the show or anything else regarding WDAA is through [email protected]. This way, WDAA staff can serve you best, making sure your correspondence is directed appropriately and questions are answered promptly. We may miss your suggestions posted on social media. Texts and phone calls are more difficult than emails for us to share with appropriate team members.

Thank you all for embracing the spirit of Western Dressage, enjoying the twists and turns along the journey,

Cindy Butler,
Your President Western Dressage Association of America


The 2020 WDAA Western Dressage Online World Championship Show Prizelist will be posted very soon! Get ready to compete for the coveted World Show Awards! The show will take place in 3 Phases

Phase 1 - Entries Accepted ( Sept 14-28) - this will be very much like it has been in years past on

Phase 2 - Video Submissions Accepted ( Oct 1- 19th) - All test videos will be uploaded to YouTube (We will have a How-to available on All videos will be viewed first by our equipment checkers then sent on the be judged.

Phase 3 - Judging and Score board begin (Oct 22-Nov 5th) As soon as scores are received they will be posted on

A live online awards ceremony will be held on November 14th and shipping of Exhibitors gifts and awards will follow beginning Nov 16th. Stay tuned for much more information and it can be found on

The Ride a Test opportunity is now free for all WDAA Jr members.

For adult members the fee is $30.

This benefit is available to current WDAA members only. All you need to do is submit a video of a ridden test following the guidelines on the Ride a Test page found on your member portal. Soon you will receive an evaluation that goes beyond a normally judged test. All tests will be evaluated by USEF Western Dressage Judges on a rotating basis.



Rider Medalist Awards

WDAA State Affiliates now have the exclusive right to offer WDAA approved Rider Medalist Awards. Ask your local affiliate if they offer such a program, and if they don't please encourage them to do so. WDAA has had a stunning Gold Medalist Buckle designed and it will only be available to those riders that have achieved their WDAA State Affiliate's Gold Medalist status.

Tioga Territory WDAA Merchandise!

WDAA is proud to announce that Tioga Territory is our new merchandise partner. Tioga Territory has always provided our gorgeous award jackets for the World Show, plus offered a huge selection of apparel to purchase at the show. Now we can order and enjoy their superior quality WDAA merchandise year-round!

Welcome WDAVA

WDAA is pleased to announce that Western Dressage Association of Virginia is our newest affiliate! Organizers Hillary Rapier from Crozet, VA and Marci Drewry from Wakefield, VA have headed up the effort to have their affiliate incorporated and submitted to bring western dressage to Virginia. Their website is up and running, and those wishing to join the affiliate have two options to purchase a WDAVA membership!  You can purchase directly through the website, or print and mail/email the form with PayPal payment or check.  Online submissions utilize PayPal checkout, so it can be done with your PayPal account or credit card. Adult Memberships are $25, Juniors are $10. Ride on over to and join this newest WDAA affiliate for their inaugural year!

New US Equestrian program for Junior riders


Looking for a Schooling Show or Clinic to brush up on your skills. Stop by the Events Calendar on the WDAA website where you will find lots of events happening all over the USA!

2020 World Show ONLINE

The 2020 WDAA World Championship Show is being held online!


The WDAA Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program (WHLPAP) tracks points achieved by a horse with their riding partner throughout their Western Dressage career.

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