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 Performance & Awards program recognizes and celebrates the devotion of this relationship through our awards offerings.
Horse Performance Award
One of the many ways the WDAA honors the horse is via the Horse Performance Award, which 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 any 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.
Rules for Horse Performance Award
- Points will follow the recorded horse and may be earned with more than one rider. Reference the WDAA Horse Performance Points Overview document for details on how the points will be calculated for WDAA Tests and Rail Classes
- Each horse owner and person participating, riding, and entering a horse in the WDAA Horse Performance Award Program must be current WDAA members in good standing.
- Horse Performance Points will be awarded at all Western Dressage levels, Equitation Medal, and Freestyle tests. Points also will be awarded for Rail Classes; Suitability, Hack, and Equitation on the Rail.
- To participate in the program and submit points for the Horse Performance Award, a horse must be enrolled by submitting a Horse Lifetime Enrollment Form and 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.
- To submit points for the Horse Performance Award each competition year, an Annual Recording Form and a fee of $50 must be submitted with or before the first submission from a show for that competition year.
- An additional fee of $10 per test/rail class must be submitted within 30 days of the last day of the show with the Test and Rail Class Submission Form for points to be recorded for the horse.
- Points can be earned at eligible competitions of any level, from schooling show up to and including the WDAA World Show, as long as the following criteria are met:
- The show must be recognized by the WDAA (visit the Show Recognition Information webpage)
- The show must adhere to USEF Rules for all test and rail classes
- The show must use WDAA tests
- All tests and rail classes must be judged by USEF qualified judges as defined in the USEF Rulebook(s)
- If two or more judges score one ride, the average of the scores or placings will count as one
- WDAA World Show test/class submissions will be recorded as triple point values
- Horse Performance Award Certificates are based on the scores a horse achieves over the course of its Western Dressage career
- The participant will be responsible for submitting the Test & Rail Class Submission Form accurately and completely filled in, including the horse’s name, its Lifetime Recording Number (if assigned at the time of point submission), and all owner and rider information requested on the form. In addition, copies of each WDAA Test showing the total score and percentage awarded, judge’s signature, competition/show date with location and horse information may be required as verification.
Points are cumulative and need not be earned in one competition year. 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
Show Recognition Information
The Western Dressage Association® of America has developed a show recognition process to allow participation in the WDAA Horse Lifetime Achievement & Award Program. Only approved competitions that are recognized by WDAA will be eligible for participation in the WDAA Horse Performance award program as well as future WDAA award programs. Make sure your shows are WDAA Recognized… Share this information with Show Management!