July 2017 Newsletter

Exciting happenings at Western Dressage Association of America... The World Show is coming up quickly!
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A Letter From Your WDAA President

May snow is bringing July hay here in Colorado. It is also bringing a bumper crop of weeds; I am losing the war on weeds so I am just looking at the hay crop. This newsletter focuses on our upcoming 2017 World Championship Horse Show. We are really excited about so many things. Dini and Jon Haugen, our new Show Manager, flew to Oklahoma City to meet with Jake and Shane our new video company to look at the Lazy E and view the improvements that Helen Price and her great team have made since out show last year.

We have some wonderful volunteers who have stepped up with generous offers to help make this show a memorable celebration of Western Dressage. If you will not be able to join us, you will have the opportunity to watch the live stream of the show in HD thanks to IDK Media and their technical expertise. Do plan to watch for your favorite riders and horses for days of great Western Dressage.

Whether you will be at the show to compete or to watch or if you are at home cheering, you have the opportunity to contribute to this special event by sponsoring a class, a division award, a breed award, a belt buckle, a High Point ribbon and more. As with all shows, our World Championship looks to generous sponsors to ensure that the show is a financial success. The proceeds from this show make up a very large part of WDAA’s budget.

Once again, there will parties and opportunities to see old friends and make new ones. Please join us for a wonderful show and a fantastic time.

Everything you wanted to know about the WDAA Western Dressage World Show and more!
Entries for the 2017 Western Dressage World Show opened July 1st and are pouring in! With a closing date of Sept 5th and prime end stalls available on a first come-first served basis. With a minimum sponsorship of $250, they will be going fast! The Lazy E has made many improvements since our last show. A land bridge has been put in over the lake from just below the stall area to the covered arena. This will cut down your Fitbit steps considerably! 10 "Big Boy" stalls will also be available for our larger 4-legged partners; another reason to get your entries in early. The communication between the arenas and the barn area will be vastly improved with a new public address system. For your early mornings, there will be free coffee at the Show Secretaries office in the main arena. Plus, the cute coffee cart that was near the main arena will now be down at the barns! We will also have a tack shop on site for those last-minute needs. Our new show manager is working very hard to make this show great.

or more information, please contact the following folks:

Show Manager - Jon Haugen - [email protected]
Show Secretary - Stacia Wert-Gray - [email protected] 
Sponsorships - Lindy Santellan - [email protected] 
WDAA Executive Secretary - Dini Swanson - [email protected]

For more World Show information go to https://www.horseshowconsulting.com/wdaa-world
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Reserve Your Class Videos
Don't forget to reserve your class videos with our World Show Videographer and Exclusive Video Partner: IDK Media Group - www.idkmg.tv . They will be available to provide high-quality video of your tests and rail classes. Make sure you smile at the camera because we will be live-streamed in HD. Tell your family and friends when you are showing, and they can watch, even if they are in Peru!

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8th WDAA Annual Meeting
The 8th WDAA Annual Meeting will be held on Sept 27th from 9:00AM to 4:30PM in the Roper's Cantina at the Lazy E. The Annual Meeting will consist of several speakers, including Bill Moroney, the CEO of USEF; a report on proposed USEF rule changes; and reports from the WDAA Board of Directors. The highlight of the Annual Meeting is the WDAA Honors Luncheon, during which the awards for the Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program will be presented. The Top Hand Award and the Hall of Champions inductions will also take place.

A tentative agenda for the Annual Meeting will also be available for download shortly. Reservations are required and are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Please sign up early for this wonderful event, we want as many Lifetime Points and Awards recipients there as possiblewe have a lot to celebrate!

Register for the 2017 Annual Convention
World Show Silent Auction
The World Show Silent Auction will be staged in the Roper's Cantina. We already have some great items, including a bountiful basket donated by the WDAA Board of Directors, fine Pendleton Whiskey, and a custom mohair saddle cinch donated by Cowgirl Cinches.

For more information on the Silent Auction or to make a donation, contact Tim Christensen at [email protected]

Get Ready To Party!!!
All events will be held in the Roper's Cantina above the end of the Main arena. Cash bar is always open...

Wednesday night is the Welcome Pizza Party/ Exhibitors meetingWe will have a chance to ask questions of the World Show staff, get to know each other or reconnect after a long year apart! There will be a gift card pull also. For just $20, you can pull a gift card from the cowboy hat with a value of at least $25! 
Thursday night will be "Local Restaurant Night". We encourage everyone to go out and visit the great restaurants in Edmond and Guthrie. We will have a list of participating restaurants available. All you have to do is take your show number and get 10% off your bill!
Friday night will be our Costume Freestyle Cocktail PartyCome and enjoy watching the beautiful costume freestyle in comfort, surrounded by snacks and cocktails! What could be better?  
Saturday night will be the Freestyle Fiesta This is a ticketed event; all entries receive 1 ticket and additional tickets can be purchased for $30.00 each in the WDAA Hospitality Office in the covered arena. Cocktails will be served during the Freestyle class and a great dinner and celebration will commence at the end of the class! The silent auction will be closed toward the end of the evening, so be sure to get your bids in early!
Sunday after the last class, we will have our Farewell Celebration and Awards PresentationsThis will be a chance to revel and reflect on our successes, achievements of others, new friendships, and the great time we all had. We will even have an old fashioned "Yearbook Signing" or more accurately "World Show Program Signing".

None of this would be possible without your sponsorship dollars. All income from the WDAA Western Dressage World Show allows us to produce this fabulous show and to support our educational projects, one of which is our Video Education Platform for members to be launched this winter, and WDAA operating expenses. WDAA is a 501c3, so your donation/sponsorship may be tax deductible. Every cent is guarded with great respect and responsibly designated. Please consider sponsoring the World Show and contributing to the future growth of our beloved discipline Western Dressage!

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Don't Forget!

Don't forget that the 2017 Western Dressage World Championship Show is a Triple Point Show for the Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program! For more information go to,
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