May/June 2019 Newletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... Be sure to check it all out!
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A Letter From Your WDAA President

Dear Members:

WDAA has just released the prize list for the 2019 WDAA World Championship Show!  We have made some changes to make this the most exciting show ever:
We added another day and the show is now five days long, starting with Rail Classes on Wednesday, October 2 and ending with the grand awards ceremony on Sunday, October 6.  This is so we can offer all four tests at each level as well as the new Intro. Freestyle competition. 

Entries open July 1 and you will want to get them in early to ensure your spot in the freestyle competitions.  We accept the first 15 entries in each freestyle class and close it.
Also new for this year are two special awards:
• Silver Spur Award - This is for the highest scoring horse and rider team whose combined age is at least  75 years.
• World Show Greenhorn Award - This is for the amateur or junior rider and horse, both competing at this show, for the first time, with the highest score. Neither horse nor rider may have ever shown at any WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show.

We still have all the great breed high points and division awards as well!

Katharina Nowotny-Boles will be back with t-shirts and snacks for volunteers.  Contact her in advance to get a job assignment. [email protected]

Sponsor a class or a division if you can or advertise in the program if you have a great product or service horse lovers could support.

Plan to come to the welcome party to kick off the WDAA World Championship Show and stay to congratulate all the winners Sunday afternoon.  This show is a great time with great people who will become some of the best friends you ever find!  Bring a horse or two or a dozen. I hope to see you there!

Cindy Butler, Your President,
Western Dressage Association Of America

P.S.  I got a darling new horse and I’m going to post her picture on the Social Corral so you can meet her.  Please post pictures of you and your horses there too because it’s fun to get to know each other better and we all love to see more horses!
Attention Western Dressage Trainers!

WDAA is asking for donations, but not the financial kind:

We are looking for video clips 3 minutes or less, demonstrating Western Dressage maneuvers. You can submit as many videos as you like, but each video should address only one maneuver. You may demonstrate how the maneuver is achieved or what it is and is not supposed to look like and add your own special way of helping riders understand the maneuver.  

Examples of a maneuver:
Free Walk
Free Jog
Half Pass
Collected Lope
Lope pirouette
Turn on the forehand
Flying lead change
Simple lead change
Working jog 

Choose a maneuver from the list or another one you have a great example of or a great way to teach about it.  It can be a simple or complicated maneuver or a helpful hint. Begin the video clip with a shot of yourself and the introduction, “I am (name) from (farm, town, state) (website if you want) and I am going to show you the (maneuver)”.  After that, say whatever you want to describe or teach the maneuver. It is our hope, this will give trainers some recognition on a national level and help our members learn about Western Dressage maneuvers.

To submit a video clip just go to WDAA Social Corral on Facebook! You must be a WDAA member to have access to the Social Corral.
Please Support Your World Show!
Go to and sponsor a class, division or breed high score.

Nichole Oster the Chairwoman of the sponsorship committee, has a huge goal of having EVERY SINGLE CLASS SPONSORED that is 128 classes, let's help them achieve their goal! Contact Nichole with questions [email protected].
New Awards for the World Show!
In addition to the new Green Horn Award and Silver Spur Award, WDAA is extremely proud to offer a High Score Veterans Award!! Exhibitors can register for these Awards in the secretaries office at check-in.
World Championship Awards Ceremony

Plan to attend the Sunday night Farewell Celebration and Awards Ceremony, it will be held 1 hour following the completion of the show on Sunday night. Over All High Score, Division Buckles, breed high score and special awards will be presented then. NO AWARDS WILL BE HANDED OUT prior to the event. If you can't attend please make sure someone picks up the award for you. 
WDAA Honors Dinner

WDAA Honors Dinner 
Last years Awards Dinner was such a great success we decided to make it an annual event! The WDAA Honors Dinner will be Wednesday night Oct 6th in the Roper's Cantina. Plan now to attend, invitations will be sent soon!
World Show Gold Cart Rentals
Golf cart reservation information will be included with your entry confirmation.
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Western Dressage Education!

Find all the WDAA Tests, Guides and lots of great reading materials in our Western Dressage Education Center!
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Clinics & Shows
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!
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WDAA Social Corral

If you wish to be more informed about the Western Dressage movement, we do have a private Social Corral Facebook Group where members of the Western Dressage Association® of America can interact, discuss various topics, conceive new ideas and generally share all things Western Dressage, including people who are instructors, clinicians and even judges like yourself.
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Judges Education Program

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

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Find A Professional in Your Area

The Western Dressage Association® of America is proud to offer an ever-growing list of dedicated Western Dressage professionals.
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Where You can purchase WDAA Customized Apparel in our Apparel Boutique as well as Books, DVDs and other educational material all about Western Dressage in our Products General Store.
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Find new WD groups, follow your favorite riders, find shows and clinics and connect up with Western Dressage friends in your neck of the woods.

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About 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.

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