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Banner Year for Western Dressage Association of America and Its World Championship Show

Parket, Colo. – In 2013, it was little more than a dream. Then, the fledgling Western Dressage Association® of America hosted the first Western Dressage World Championship Show, which drew 42 horses and 167 entries.

Now in its fourth year, the Western Dressage World Show is nothing short of a celebration. Hosted for the first time by WDAA at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla., the show has attracted 213 horses and 830 entries, a 34 percent increase over 2015. Twenty-seven states, three Canadian provinces and 29 breeds of horses will be represented.

The show will be Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 and will be live-streamed at www.horseshowwebcasts.com for those who would like to watch from home.

The 2016 Western Dressage World Show offers a number of improvements, including expanded prizes, exhibitor parties, an additional day of competition and additional show classes and divisions, such as walk-jog rail and para-equestrian classes.

2016 has been a breakout year for WDAA, as the association also rolled out a points and awards program and a show recognition program, in addition to making continued improvements in its judges training program.

WDAA, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the United States Equestrian Federation’s recognized affiliate for western dressage and is proud to be the standard bearer for what is one of the industry’s fastest-growing disciplines.

The World Show will be preceded by the 7th annual WDAA Annual Meeting & Convention, which allows members to get an inside look at their association. The convention also includes the debut of the 2017 tests – which is an exclusive unveiling for meeting attendees only.

Another highlight is the honors luncheon, at which WDAA will recognize the first Horse Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as the Top Hand Award, which recognizes an outstanding WDAA volunteer. A generous sponsorship from USEF supports both the annual meeting and the honors luncheon.

As the convention concludes, the action is nonstop – both in and out of the arenas. Rail classes begin on Sept. 29, and an evening welcome party will be the official kick-off to the show. Sept. 30 is freestyle day – one that spectators won’t want to miss! – made even more fun by a freestyle party sponsored by GGT Footing.

Oct. 1 is the gala dinner and silent auction, with tickets available for purchase. Many state affiliates will be donating state-themed baskets to the auction, and a number of sponsors have also kicked in great prizes. Corcoran Saddlery has donated a custom-built western dressage saddle to be raffled off. Tickets are available on site or online at http://westerndressageassociation.org/news-events/win-a-custom-saddle-at-the-wdaa-world-show/.

As the show concludes Oct. 2, a farewell party will be the venue for the presentation of breed high-point awards and custom-made divisional championship belt buckles.

Throughout the convention and show, the focus is not only on top competition but also on a shared celebration of this special discipline and the horses who make it possible. Come prepared to have a wonderful time with old friends and new.

WDAA is devoted to building an equine community that combines the western traditions of horse and rider with classical dressage. We honor the horse. We value the partnership between horse and rider. We celebrate the legacy of the American West. Won’t you come and celebrate with us?

Visit the WDAA World Show website at www.horseshowconsulting.com for details. More information about the annual meeting & convention, and about WDAA, is available at www.westerndressageassociation.org.

For additional information, please contact info@westerndressageassociation.org. Or you can contact Dini Swanson at dini@westerndressageassociation.org as well as Ellen DiBella, WDAA president, at edibella@aol.com.

Riders Plan Para-Western Dressage Demo at the 2015 Western Dressage World Championship Show

Tulsa, Oklahoma – October 21, 2015 – Para-Equestrian World Equestrian Games’ athlete Roxie Trunnell, rider and Para-Equestrian Western Dressage Organizer Marcia Cullen, Frederick Win, and Lara Oles will be demonstrating Para-Equestrian Western Dressage at the 2014 Western Dressage World Championship Show. The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) Western Dressage World Championship Show is scheduled November 6-8, 2015, following the WDAA Annual Convention November 4-6. The championship takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Built Ford Tough Livestock and Mustang Arena at Expo Square. Judges include Para-Dressage rider and Judge Robin Brueckmann R/Western Dressage, S/Dressage (Young Horse); Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez R/Western Dressage, S/Dressage (Young Horse, Equitation); Sue Malone-Casey – S/Dressage (Young Horse); and Barbara Ebner – S/Dressage (Young Horse). These riders are showcasing the para-equestrian side of Western Dressage offering a future additional discipline for disabled equestrian athletes. For more information, please visit http://www.wdaaworldshow.org or go to http://www.westerndressageassociation.org.

Para-Dressage and Western Dressage rider Marsha Cullen explained, “As a Para-Equestrian and WDAA member I am happy to participate in the Educational Task Force on Para-Western Dressage. Having the WDAA World Championship Show in Tulsa every November is a real plus for those of us living in the Midwest and Southern states. There’s an abundance of stock horses here and their gaits are generally smoother and easier to sit. One of the tenets of the WDAA is its inclusiveness so combined with a sport that’s more accessible for more para-equestrians and you have a win/win situation.”

Para-Dressage rider and judge Robin Brueckmann noted, “I am so proud to be a part of the Western Dressage organization. It is helping people to use their horses in a productive and fun way. I think that Western Dressage is accessible to anyone with the horse they already have. It’s very exciting.”

By: Lindsay Y. McCall

To view an online version of this press release, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.