The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) is delighted to announce that, beginning with 2016, the Western Dressage 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 warmup, 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 sponsorships, 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:
• September 29 – October 2, 2016
• September 28 – October 1, 2017
• October 4 – 7, 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 10 ribbons for world championships, exhibitor’s party and silent auction, welcome party, and much more.
The Western Dressage Association of America is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization focused on providing a model of horsemanship which optimizes the partnership of horse and rider for their mutual benefit. The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is “to honor the horse, to value the partnership between horse and rider and to celebrate the legacy of the American West” which it focuses on through its offerings of educational opportunities and events to the equestrian community. Please visit our website at http://westerndressageassociation.org for more information.