WDAA Announces New Journey with the Western Dressage World Championship Show

The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is delighted to announce that, beginning with 2016, the World Championship Show will be organized and hosted under the WDAA brand. This change includes a new venue, management team, date, and show format.

It was important to the WDAA Executive Board to select a facility located in the geographic center of the Western Dressage Community. The Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK was chosen as the host facility. With stabling for 500 horses, a park-like setting with a large pond, RV park, and indoor facilities large enough for five show arenas with warm-up, the facility offers plenty of room to grow. The Lazy E Arena is located a few miles from Edmond, which is a college town with plenty of lodging, dining, and entertainment opportunities. The Oklahoma City Metroplex is only 25 minutes from the Lazy E and offers additional cultural and entertainment options.

The show will be managed by Horse Show Consulting with Nora Wert serving as Show Manager and Stacia Wert-Gray serving as Show Secretary. The website, www.horseshowconsulting.com, will offer complete information regarding sponsorship, prize list, entry blanks, online entry, exhibitor lists, stabling charts, spectator information, and additional features.

In order to better accommodate competitors traveling long distances, the show will be moved six weeks forward in the calendar. The specific dates are for the next 3 consecutive years are:

  • September 29 – October 2, 2016
  • September 28 – October 1, 2017
  • September 27 – 30, 2018

The new show format will include many exciting changes designed to enhance the competitor, spectator, and sponsor experience. Some of these changes include four days of classes, a $1,000 freestyle stake, expanded awards including top ten ribbons for world championships, exhibitor’s party and silent auction, welcome party, and much more.

17 Responses to “WDAA Announces New Journey with the Western Dressage World Championship Show

  • Charlie Milne
    2 years ago

    Will all three World Shows be held at the same location?

    • Deirdre Davenport
      2 years ago

      Yes. That is why we have published the next three World Show Dates. They are already pre-booked.

  • Walter Mantler
    2 years ago

    How will the cost of this show compare to Tulsa?

    • Deirdre Davenport
      2 years ago

      At this point in time, that would not be something we can answer. It will depend on how many sponsors we receive and other factors such as type of awards and what not. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Jane Renner
    2 years ago

    Are you recognized by USDF, and USEF?

    • Deirdre Davenport
      2 years ago

      It is still up for consideration to be USEF approved. That announcement will be made if they approve.

    • USDF is the affiliate for traditional dressage, so the show would not be recognized by them. The WDAA is the affiliate for Western Dressage. So they are recognizing this show.

  • Julie
    2 years ago

    What are the actual show dates. You have three sets of dates in this email with no explanation

    • Deirdre Davenport
      2 years ago

      The 2016 Dates are for the 2016 WDAA World Show, the 2017 dates are for the 2017 WDAA World Show and the 2018 dates are for the 2018 WDAA World Show… We have planned ahead!

  • Shari Bross
    2 years ago

    That is exciting! Great news! I’m really looking forward to this year’s show. Thank you WDAA for all the hard work you give to the sport!

  • Mary Lynne Zylstra
    2 years ago

    Hello, couple of questions, do you have to qualify to enter in the world show this year if so what are the specifics, and are the dates shown concrete or being considered? Do we get to vote on the dates?
    Thanks,
    MLZ

    • Deirdre Davenport
      2 years ago

      Right now there is not a qualifying process that is needed to compete at the WDAA World Championship Show. The entries to the world show have gained each year significantly with the available ride times being filled and entries being closed before the start of the show.

      With the growth, excitement and success of the world show – a qualifying process may be developed in the coming years to make sure all that strive for the harmonious partnership that WDAA promotes, will be able to showcase that relationship at the highest level.

      We hope you will join us this year – be sure to get your entries in early.

  • Cathy Beekman
    2 years ago

    I am excited to participate in the 2016 show. Could you please specify what those different dates cover?

    • Deirdre Davenport
      2 years ago

      They are for the NEXT 3 consecutive years…

  • Lisa Walsh
    2 years ago

    Wow! What great news!

  • Renee
    2 years ago

    Wow this is great, we traveled from BC Canada so the earlier show will be so much better for us as far as road conditions are concerned! Love that there will be expanded awards.

    Thanks Renee

  • Julie Wilson
    2 years ago

    Sounds great- this will help me consider attending the world show- earlier date, closer venue and a professional show management website. We will be holding a Western Dressage show at the New Mexico State Fair in 2016 and want to make it WDAA approved. I will be in contact and will follow this website closely.