WDAA Horse Lifetime Points and Awards Program

Overview of the WDAA Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program (WHLPAP)

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.

  • 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.
  • Horse Lifetime Awards are based on the scores a horse achieves at all levels, Freestyle, and dressage rail classes over the course of its Western Dressage career.
  • Reference the WDAA Points Overview document for details on how the points are calculated for WDAA Tests and Rail Classes.
  • Tests/classes at USEF-licensed shows judged by a USEF-licensed Western Dressage judge earn double points
  • As an added benefit, WDAA World Show test/class submissions earn triple point values.
  • Scores from up to 1 year ago may be submitted with required documentation and fees. Tests from the previous calendar year must also be accompanied by an Annual Recording Form and fee for that year.
  • We strongly suggest that all forms be completed and submitted using the user-friendly online forms provided in the right-hand column of this page, with payment by PayPal. Forms and payments submitted by US mail are likely to have long delays in being posted. Scores submitted using the online form will usually be available on the web site the next day after the form is completed.

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 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 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, preferably within 30 days following the last day of the show, using the online Test and Rail Class Submission Form for points to be recorded.

  • 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)

Step #5Points can ONLY be earned at WDAA recognized shows. A complete list of WDAA recognized shows is provided on the calendar on the WDAA home page menu. Eligible competitions include shows of any level, from schooling shows, up to and including the WDAA World Show. We also appreciate hearing about WD shows near you that could be eligible for being recognized by WDAA for horses to earn points; send information, including a show contact person, to info@westerndressageassociation.org.
 

Step #6 – The participant will be responsible for submitting the 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 an d 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.

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Double and Triple Points from USEF-licensed Shows can be Earned in WDAA Horse Lifetime Points & Awards Program

  1. Double points may be earned for the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program if a WDAA Recognized Show is USEF licensed, (including USEF local and USEF Competition Lite shows) only if the judge officiating is a current USEF-licensed Western Dressage judge.
  2. Submissions from these tests and rail classes described above will be doubled within the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program. Do not double your score on your submitted test form.
  3. 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.
  4. In no circumstances may a horse earn more than double points for a single ride, except at the WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show, where a single ride earns triple points.
  5. Scores earned at non-USEF–licensed WDAA Recognized Shows are not eligible for double points in the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program.
  6. Tests and rail classes judged by a USEF-licensed Dressage judge are not eligible for double points in the WDAA Lifetime Points and Awards Program.

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

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