Parker, Colorado – The party is over but everyone is looking forward to next year’s party! The Western Dressage Association® of America held its World Championship Show at the Lazy E in Guthrie, Oklahoma September 29-30 and October 1-2, 2016. This excellent facility combines large covered and indoor arenas with an outstanding staff all in a park-like setting. Every day began with coffee from Horse Show Consulting and pastry provided by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). WDAA hosted a party for competitors each evening, ranging from a pizza party at the competitors meeting, to a dessert party during freestyles, to a dinner with a DJ, and finally, to a farewell party.
Competitors from 28 states and 3 Canadian provinces brought 176 horses of 31 breeds and crossbreds for 786 rides in tests and rail classes. This was WDAA’s first USEF-licensed competition. Ribbons were presented through 10th place for each class and a jacket went to the first place winner. Other awards, including breed high-point neck ribbons, division tricolors, silver belt buckles, and halters were presented to delighted riders. Several WDAA state affiliates provided high-point awards to competitors from their states. Many generous sponsors made these wonderful awards possible.
Statistics tell only part of the story of this remarkable show. Bill Moroney, CEO of the USEF, spent Friday at the show touring the barn area and visiting with competitors. He watched tests as well as the outstanding freestyle in the evening. Bill judged the tack room and the golf cart competitions; the California affiliate won both with their scary Halloween theme. Bill was delighted with the atmosphere of fun and friendly competition that reminded him of competitions of many years ago.
WDAA is moving forward with planning for their 2017 World Championship at the Lazy E on September 28–30 and October 1. Plan to join us all there for the next big WDAA party!