August 2017 Newsletter

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A Letter From Your WDAA President

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! WDAA celebrated its 7th birthday on July 26, 2017. Seven years ago when we received the letter of incorporation from the State of Colorado, we were delighted, enthusiastic and ready to introduce the world to the new discipline of Western Dressage. So many hard working volunteers, staff, and board members have put uncounted hours into the mission of sharing the reality of this wonderful Journey with riders and horses. Thanks to all of you, we have come a long way! Toast yourselves for your hardwork and commitment and give you horse a hug! 

I hope that each of us lights a candle on our cake by stepping up to support our upcoming WDAA World Championship Horse Show. You can visit the website at 

Seeing happy horses and happy riders working together to test their progress as partnerships, is celebrating our birthday in the very best way.
WDAA Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for September 27th, 2017! Plan to join the Western Dressage Association® of America in Guthrie, Oklahoma for our Eighth Annual Convention. The Annual Meeting will be held in the Roper’s Cantina at the Lazy E Arena and will consist of several speakers that you do not want to miss; including Bill Moroney, the CEO of USEF. Reports from the WDAA Board of Directors and a report on proposed USEF rule changes are also on the agenda.
The WDAA Annual Convention offers members an opportunity to learn more about Western Dressage from a wide variety of experts; to network with Western Dressage folks from all over the country; and to gain firsthand input in guiding the development and direction of this wonderful discipline.
The Annual Convention is also the time when we get to recognize our special volunteers and horses at our Honors Luncheon graciously sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation. Awards for the Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program will be presented at this time. Other exciting highlights of the Honors Luncheon include the presentation of the Top Hand Award as well as Hall of Champions inductions.
Reservations are required and registration should be completed no later than September 15th, 2017. Pre-registration fees include the WDAA Honors Luncheon and are priced at $45 for members and $55 for non-members (registration after 9/15 will increase to $65 for members and $75 for non-members).
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A tentative agenda of the Annual Meeting will be made available for download on the website very soon
First Horse to Earn WDAA Bronze Medalist Award
The Western Dressage Association® of America is very proud to announce that Truly Unsurpassed is the first horse to ever achieve the WDAA Bronze Medalist award level in the Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program.

The Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program tracks points achieved by a horse with their riding partner throughout their Western Dressage career. The WDAA Bronze Medalist Award level is reached when the horse has earned 300 points with at least 5 tests submitted at riding Level 1 or higher. To learn more about the Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program, please visit

Achieving the WDAA Bronze Medalist level also signifies that Truly Unsurpassed—owned by Nancy Conley—has also obtained the WDAA Register of Merit, the WDAA Register of Achievement, and the WDAA Register of Excellence.

Nancy Conley shared these sentiments about this exciting achievement:
“Well, it is official […] Truly Unsurpassed and I have earned her Western Dressage Bronze award. We are the first team in the WDAA to achieve this. I am so proud of Truly Unsurpassed. Western Dressage has been an awesome journey for me. I have met so many new friends and acquaintances. My husband, Randy Conley, has even been motivated to learn to ride Western Dressage” and he is doing great on his horse Texas Barcode."

Congratulations to Truly Unsurpassed on achieving this high level of excellence! The WDAA Bronze Medalist Award will be officially presented during the Honors Luncheon at the WDAA Annual Meeting on September 27th at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Youth Sportsmanship Award
Each year, the United States Equestrian Federation sponsors a Youth Sportsmanship Award. This award was created to complement other programs that focus on excellence in horsemanship by identifying a youth’s determination to excel as a student and to give back to the equine and their home communities. The award also recognizes youth that demonstrate the potential for leadership in the equine industry after their education is completed.

We were so proud of last year’s WDAA nominee Emma Santellan. Each year a USEF Recognized Affiliate who submits a nominee receives a $1500 grant to support Youth programs for that affiliate. Information and the applications for this award are available on the WDAA website at:

Please encourage your outstanding youth to send their applications to WDAA at [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact WDAA at the same email address, and we will do our best to provide answers. WDAA board will select our nominee at the end of August, so time is short. We look to our youth as our future, and USEF shares our belief.

Download the application here:
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Safe Sport

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “Safe Sport.” I used to think of driving home with myself safe in the truck and my horse safe in the horse trailer. USEF has expanded by my understanding of what Safe Sport means and I would like to share my new understanding with you.

As the US organization that selects and trains equestrian teams for international competitions, USEF follows guidelines for equestrian sport that also apply to other international sports. Think of us as the swimmers, gymnasts, the rowing team or maybe just us! The USEF Safe Sport policy is part of this. You can read the Safe Sport Policy at:

There are several components to this policy and reading it carefully is really important. They include: Sexual Misconduct, Emotional Misconduct, Physical Misconduct, Bullying, Harassment, and Hazing.

Reading some of these sections is not easy; it brings to mind recent media reports of misconduct with young athletes which is very disturbing for us all. I do not think, I certainly do not hope, that Western Dressage and WDAA have experienced these issues. I think back to Bill Moroney, CEO of USEF, walking through the barns at last year’s World Championship show talking with exhibitors, petting horses and smiling the whole time to see just what he thought of our amazing new discipline. He said that he had not seen people having so much since he was a kid a horse shows.

If you are a victim of or observe any of the prohibited conduct outlined in the policy, please let show management and/or WDAA know about any incident. USEF has a complaint process and an outstanding Hearing Committee to support the Safe sport policy. If you see something, say something to show management, the USEF steward, to WDAA or to USEF. The board and staff of WDAA are committed to keeping our wonderful discipline of Western Dressage free from any violation of the Safe Sport Policy. Will you be our partners in keeping Western Dressage the wonderful, supportive and fun environment that it is and must be?

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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 TTT Graduate

The Western Dressage Association® of America has a list of professionals that have graduated from the past few years of Train The Trainer Clinics. If you are looking for an instructor or trainer in your area..
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WDAA General Store

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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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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