WDAA Celebrates the Success of Their Third Annual World Championships

world-show-2015-juliewilliamsThe Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Their third annual World Championships took place on November 6-8th at the Ford Built Tough Arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With unprecedented class sizes, impressive test scores, and horsemen and women attending from all over the United States and Canada, the show was an overwhelming success.

This championship offered Western Dressage tests from Introductory through Third Level as well as the new rail classes: Suitability, Hack and Equitation. Friday morning opened with a number of WDAA members participating in The Judge’s View clinic and “From the Horse’s Mouth” – a hands-on presentation by Cliff and Joyce Swanson about bits, legal equipment, and hand position.

WorldShow2015-FriesianOn Friday afternoon, the brand new Equitation, Hack, and Suitability rail classes took place. Saturday morning saw the commencement of dressage tests judged across four arenas. The freestyle classes with a costume option were a big hit with riders and audience alike. Riders’ donned creative costumes; traditional medieval outfits, Maleficent, the Pink Panther and even Lady Gaga.

This year’s Championship saw a total of 620 rides across three days. Attendance grew exponentially this year, with the largest classes seeing over 40 competitors. 173 horses were entered, with 196 unique horse and rider combinations. The show was live-cast over the Internet, with thousands of folks viewing globally. The show drew incredible competitor representation from all over the US and Canada; large teams attended from California, Ontario, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and Oklahoma.  Several para equestrian participants offered demonstration rides; Western Dressage seems to be a perfect fit for these wonderful riders.

In conjunction with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the WDAA offered a Group Apprentice Judging program during the 2015 WDAA World Championship show. Headed by Judge Janet (Dolly) Hannon and assisted by Joyce Swanson and Karen Homer Brown, participants had the opportunity to learn and practice their judging skills with both classroom instruction and sideline judging and scribing.

A special congratulations goes to the Ohio South University Equestrian Team, recipients of the USEF Grant. This determined equestrian team worked hard all year to secure the necessary funds to attend this year’s World Championships, and the USEF grant allowed them to defer the cost of shipping their horses to Tulsa to compete.

GGT Footing was the High Point Division buckle sponsor. WDAA thanks all of their sponsors for their support, including the Pinto Horse Association of America, the USEF, Luna Tunes Freestyles, and Western Dressage Riding Gear.

Following the launch of the WDAA’s Lifetime Awards Program, the WDAA was able to offer triple points for registered competitors, and many people took advantage of this opportunity to get a head-start on their horse’s Lifetime points. For more information on this program, see: http://www.wdaaworldshow.org/wdaa-horse-performance-awards-program/

The WDAA thanks all of our sponsors and sends out a huge congratulations to all competitors. Dates for our 2016 World Championship show will be announced soon.


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