The Western Dressage Association® of America’s educational mission focuses on “honoring the horse” and the “value of the partnership of horse and rider”. Our Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program recognizes and celebrates the devotion of this relationship through our awards offerings.
The Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program tracks points achieved by a horse with their riding partner throughout their Western Dressage career. This award is open to all horses, ponies, and mules regardless of breed registration, type, age, etc. A horse enrolled in the program can continue to earn points with a new owner if the horse is sold, and the points earned with the previous owner will stay with the horse. To transfer the points from one owner to the new owner, a Horse Transfer Form must be completed and submitted with the required fee.
We strongly recommend enrollments, annual renewals, and score submissions be completed using the user-friendly online forms provided in the “Quick Page Links” box, with payment by PayPal. Scores submitted using the online form will usually be available on the web site the next day after the form is completed. This will prevent delays in posting the scores and will also prevent misreading hand-written information.
Rules for Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program
Step #1 – To enter a horse in the WDAA Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program, the horse owner and any other person(s) riding the horse in competition must be current WDAA members in good standing. JOIN NOW
Step # 2 – The next step to participate in the program and submit points for Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program is to enroll the horse by submitting a Horse Lifetime Enrollment Form along with the enrollment fee of $100 before or within 30 days following participation in a recognized WDAA show. A number will be assigned to the horse, which follows the horse for life.
Step #3 – To submit Horse Lifetime points for each competition year (including the year of enrollment), an Annual Recording Form along with a fee of $50 must be submitted on or before the first submission from a show for that competition year.
Step #4 – An additional fee of $10 per test/rail class must be submitted within 30 days following the last day of the show with the Test and Rail Class Submission Form for points to be recorded for the horse.
Step #5 – Horse Lifetime Points can ONLY be earned at WDAA recognized shows. Eligible competitions include shows of any level, from schooling shows, up to and including the WDAA World Show. This means the show you are attending must be recognized by the WDAA to receive lifetime points. Be sure to check with Show Management about their WDAA Recognized Show status. (visit the Show Recognition Information webpage for more details about this program).
Because of some confusion about the eligibility of scores to be submitted for double-pointing in the Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program, the new rules are described below
Double Points from USEF-licensed Shows Introduced for WDAA Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program
- Double points may be earned for the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program if a WDAA Recognized Show is USEF licensed, only if the judge officiating is a current USEF-licensed Western Dressage judge. Tests judged by a USEF-licensed Dressage judge will not earn double points.
- If a WDAA Recognized Show is double-judged by 2 USEF-licensed Western Dressage judges, only one score from one judge per ride can be submitted. You may pick the higher score of the two judges for each ride to submit.
- Submissions from these tests described above will be doubled within the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program
- In no circumstances may a horse earn more than double points for a single ride, except at the WDAA World Championship Show, where a single ride earns triple points.
- Scores earned at non-USEF–licensed WDAA Recognized Shows are not eligible for double points in the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program.
Below is a chart that describes the overall basics of the new point system for submission of points to the WDAA Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program
Step #6 – The participant will be responsible for submitting the printable Test & Rail Class Submission Form accurately and completely filled in, including the horse’s name and its Lifetime Recording Number (if assigned at the time of point submission) and owner and rider information requested on the form. In addition, a scanned (or hard copy by snail mail) copy of the portion of each WDAA Test that shows the total score and percentage awarded, judge’s signature, competition/show date, and horse information must be provided.
- Points will follow the recorded horse and may be earned with more than one rider.
- Points are cumulative and need not be earned in one competition year.
- Reference the WDAA Points Overview document for details on how the points will be calculated for WDAA Tests and Rail Classes.
- As an added benefit, WDAA World Show test/class submissions will be recorded as triple point values.
- Horse Lifetime Award Certificates are based on the scores a horse achieves over the course of its Western Dressage career.
- Horse Lifetime Points will be awarded at all Western Dressage levels and Freestyle tests as well as for Rail Classes; Suitability, Hack, and Equitation on the Rail.
- No points can be earned for tests scored less than 60% (do not submit tests that are below 60%).
- No points can be earned for rail class placement below 6th place or for classes having 2 or fewer competitors (do not submit results for classes that do not meet the criteria to earn points)
Award levels are listed below:
- WDAA Register Of Merit is awarded when the horse has earned 35 points
- WDAA Register Of Achievement is awarded when the horse has earned 100 points
- WDAA Register Of Excellence is awarded when the horse has earned 200 points
- WDAA Bronze Medalist is awarded when the horse has earned 300 points with at least 5 tests submitted riding Level 1 or higher
- WDAA Silver Medalist is awarded when the horse has earned 400 points with at least 5 tests submitted riding Level 2 or higher
- WDAA Gold Medalist is awarded when the horse has earned 500 points with at least 5 tests submitted riding Level 3 or higher
- WDAA Supreme Champion is awarded when the horse has earned 700 points with at least 5 tests submitted riding Level 4 or higher