No Bling Required! CAWDA Holds Its First High Point Awards Program

CAWDA-show2The California Western Dressage Association launched its 2014 Year-End High Point Awards program in February with its first approved show at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, hosted by Robele Farms and Pacific Dressage LLC.  The English/Western schooling show attracted several Western Dressage riders ready to test their skills and show their support of Western Dressage.

The next event at Pepperglen Farm in Norco CA showed just how much Western Dressage is catching on.  Pepperglen Farm had 67 entries, including one Freestyle ride and two WD Equitation rides. Lori and Michelle, show managers, told the CAWDA that they had so many entries, they had to turn away the late ones.

CAWDA members will be competing for several year-end high point awards including an overall Open, Amateur, Youth 14-17 and 13-under, and awards for the highest points in each level.

To participate, riders send in their test face sheets with the judge’s signature, score, date and location of show.

CAWDA-show1The CAWDA took a unique approach to high point computation.  The first five tests’ percentage scores are summed up.  A subsequent higher percentage test will replace the lowest score of the five, and increase the overall score.  At year end, the top five percentage scores from the rider’s submitted tests give the total point score for each category.  The system is based on improvement:  As riders progress in their training, improve their Western Dressage, and improve their scores, they improve their chances of winning.

The challenge for the CAWDA was how to put on enough shows so that all members would have an opportunity to participate, given that California extends about 900 miles north to south.  The Board decided to partner up with show managers, offering website, eNewsletter, and Facebook advertising.  The response from show managers was overwhelming.

Complete information regarding the CAWDA High Point can be found at http://cawda.org.

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