Western Dressage Judges Education

The WDAA Western Dressage Judge’s Education Program is open to all licensed Dressage judges, Western, Breed judges and those starting out who want to learn about Western Dressage. This Judges Education Program offers training so that they can accurately evaluate horse rider combinations, score the tests and provide comments.

During the judges seminar, participants will learn about a judge’s perception of gaits, impulsion, rider position and seat in western tack, correct and effective use of aids, and harmony between riders and horses of different breeds and styles. The seminar focuses on the evaluation of horse and rider combinations, scoring tests, and providing correctly worded comments.

The Judges Education Program consists of three parts:

Part 1 – Western Dressage Judges Seminar:

  • Organized by WDAA and held in January or February, for up-to-date information please join the WDAA email list found to the right in the sidebar >>>
  • Participants will hear from experts and have an opportunity to interact with them and each other.
  • Topics include evaluating horse and rider combinations, scoring tests and providing comments with additional focus on clarifying and broadening a judge’s perception of gaits, impulsion, submission, rider position and seat in western tack, the rider’s correct and effective use of aids and harmony between rider and horses of different styles.
  • Participants take a written open book test of the USEF Western Dressage Rules.

Part 2 – Apprentice Judge at three Federation Competition in Western Dressage

  • All candidates will be asked to complete Apprentice Judge opportunities with USEF licensed Western Dressage judges.
  • For more information about USEF Licensing for Western Dressage, please refer to the USEF website Licensed Officials page under the heading “Licensing Information” and subheading of “Western Dressage”. (You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page as categories are sorted alphabetically)


Part 3 –Western Dressage Online Judging Platform:

  • Participants access 16 online videos randomly selected from rides at each Level of Western Dressage
  • Candidates score and make comments on each of the tests.
  • Upon completion of scoring all of the test the candidates are able to compare their scores and comments to those on the Master Scorecard.
  • Judge Evaluators then interact directly with the candidate to review their results.
  • Online Judges Platform will be an additional charge of $220.


Feb 8th and 9th 2017
Hilton Garden Inn
7675 E Union Ave.
Denver, CO 80237

Please book your rooms right away at the following link, block pricing ends Jan 16th. http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/D/DENTRGI-WDA-20170207/index.jhtml

(303) 770 4200 – For call in reservations use code “WDA”.

2017 WDAA Membership is required for registration go to www.westerndressageassociation.org/register to join WDAA.

Registration Fees for those interested in pursuing their USEF Western Dressage Judges Card, or renewing an existing WD card.

$350.00 Registration (no later than Jan 5th 2017)

$425.00 Late Registration Jan 6th – Feb 6th 2017

Auditor Registration Fees for those that would like to learn about how your horses should be judged and what WDAA/USEF educated WD judges are looking for, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to be a spectator and audit the seminar.

$225.00 Registration (no later than Jan 5th 2017)

$275.00 Late Registration Jan 6th- Feb 6th 2017


Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, February 7th, 6:00PM – Welcome Reception/Seminar Check-in/Equipment viewing

Wednesday, February 8th, and Thursday, February 9th – Intensive study via group discussion, class room education, video, scoring using proper language, testing, plus hands on with legal and non-legal equipment.

Friday, February 10th – departure, please plan to stay Thursday evening the seminar will fill 2 long days.

USEF Rules Test plus the complete schedule will be emailed after the first of the year.

For USEF licensing information please contact loinquiry@usef.org

For registration information please contact Dini Swanson at dini@westerndressageassociation.org


Advanced Training Program (ATP) – designed for those with history in judging for Dressage, Western and/or Breed events. Consult Chapter 10 of the USEF Rules for a full description.

Any questions should be directed to the Licensed Officials Department through the following email address: LOinquiry@usef.org.

**The ATP Program will expire on 6/1/2017. All applications must be received in the Federation office or post marked by this date.