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Save your tests! The CAWDA 2020 High Point Competition is on! CAWDA is offering 2020 Statewide High Point Awards for Open, Amateur (18 & over) and Youth (13 & under, 14-17) Rider/Horse combination and awards for all levels as well. The High Point Award program is open to all CAWDA members in good standing.

Here’s what you do: Ride at qualifying Western Dressage shows, save your written test from the judge, and send us a copy of the face sheet of the test with the score, the date and location of the ride, and the judge’s signature. Your percentage score will be used as your point score for that ride (for example, if you receive a 65.5%, you receive 65.5 points).

Submit as many tests as you want (five minimum) from three or more CAWDA approved shows. Points for your highest five scores will be counted and totaled. The rider/horse combination with the highest totaled score will be awarded the high point. (See below for complete rules.)

Check out our list of high point shows here:2020 High Point Shows. (Note for those new to Western Dressage showing: Some shows require you to enter in advance of the show and some shows allow you to sign up for classes on the show day. Check the show premium or contact the show manager if you have a question on when entries are due. Late entries may incur an additional fee.)

High Point Rules as of 3/21/2020:

1. One horse/one rider combination: Riders may compete with multiple horses, but each horse/rider combination accumulates points separately.

2. Division Awards in: Open, Amateur 18 & over, Youth 14-17, Youth 13 & Under.

3. Youth age will be considered as the rider’s age on January 1, 2020, and will be considered that age throughout the show year.

4. Overall high point awarded in each division; and Level and Freestyle awards by level/division designation. Exceptional Rider tests awarded by Exceptional Rider level (all tests) only. Any 1st place level award with less than 3 riders may receive a lesser award at the discretion of the CAWDA Board.

5. Horse/rider combination may only compete in one division. Riders changing divisions during the High Point year will forfeit any points accumulated up to the time of division change. Open division riders are typically professional horse trainers.

6. CAWDA High Point competition is open to all participants who are both WDAA and CAWDA members in good standing, except those judging a 2020 CAWDA approved high point show or the designated CAWDA Points Keeper.

7. Points can be submitted in Introductory*, Basic, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Freestyle and Exceptional Rider. No other specialty classes, such as WD Equitation, WD Suitability, WD Hack, will be counted. *Introductory class points will only be applied toward Open and Amateur Introductory Level awards; Introductory points will not count toward Open or Amateur Division awards. Youth Introductory scores will be applied for both the Division and Introductory Level awards.

8. All Exceptional Rider tests will be considered as one class/level with no Division distinction (e.g., Open, Amateur, Youth).

9. Exceptional Rider tests are not counted toward Division awards.

10. All freestyle levels will be considered as one class per division (Open, Amateur, Youth 13-under, Youth 14-17) for the High Point Freestyle awards.

11. Freestyle scores are not counted toward the Division awards.

12. Horse/Rider combination must ride in a minimum of three qualifying shows over the course of the 2020 High Point year. (Qualifying shows are listed under “2020 High Point Shows” on the CAWDA website.)

13. Horse/Rider combination must submit at least five scores from qualifying shows to qualify for Division awards. Horse/Rider scores qualify for Level and Freestyle awards when Division qualifications are met.

14. Horse/Rider combination may qualify for Level awards in a maximum of two consecutive Levels (for example, Introductory and Basic, Level 1 and Level 2, but not Basic and Level 2). In the event that a horse/rider combination submits scores in more than two levels, rider will be asked (via e-mail) to declare for which levels they are qualifying, and that declaration will remain in effect through the remainder of the show year. Scores for Levels not declared will be discarded. This rule applies to Freestyle tests as well.

15. Exceptional Rider horse/rider combination may not qualify for other level or division awards. In the event that a horse/rider combination submits scores in Exceptional Rider and other levels, rider will be asked (via e-mail) to declare for which level they are qualifying, and that declaration will remain in effect through the remainder of the show year.

16. No more than two scores in each level will be accepted from one show per day. If more than two are submitted, the lowest scores will be discarded.

17. Scores will only be accepted for all breed (non-breed restricted) classes. In the event a show has both breed-restricted and non-restricted classes, only classes that are non-breed restricted will be accepted.

18. To submit qualifying scores, rider must send copy of test sheet containing judge’s signature, date of show, and percentage score either by mail to CAWDA, PO Box 44, Sunland CA 91041 or e-mail to: (Scores may be verified with show management before qualifying for high point submission. In case of a discrepancy between the show scores submission and the rider’s submission, the show submission will prevail. It is the rider’s responsibility to check the recorded score at the show.)

Note: Be sure the copy of the test face sheet that you send contains all of these items:

Test ridden (e.g., WDA Basic Level Test 3)
Judge’s signature
Date of show
Your Name
Your horse’s name (the name you showed under)
Final score points and percentage

You do not need to submit the part of the test score sheet containing comments or individual movement scores.

19. Scores must be submitted to the CAWDA no later than 30 days after the date of the qualifying show in order to be counted (i.e, the due date). Rider must be a current CAWDA and WDAA member at the time of submission of score sheet. If rider is not, he/she must join CAWDA (and WDAA if they are not a current WDAA member) before the submitted show's high point deadline date.

20. Corrections to Test Scores – It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that the test was correctly summed. In the event that a test was summed incorrectly, the rider should contact the show secretary or show manager at the show and request an initialed change and sign off. If a rider identifies an error in summing after the show is over but within 30 days of the show, the rider should contact the show manager or secretary and request an initialed change. The show manager or secretary must also send an email to indicating their approval of the change. Any changes to scores more than 30 days after the show will not be accepted by CAWDA.

21. Professional riders: the owner of the horse being shown must be a current member in good standing of both the CAWDA and WDAA at the time of point submission. If owner is not, he/she must join CAWDA (and WDAA if they are not a current WDAA member) before submitted show's high point deadline date.

22. Top five percentage scores will be added to calculate total points in Division, Level, Exceptional Rider and Freestyle awards; lower scores will be discarded. Open, Amateur Intro, and Exceptional Rider scores will not be counted for Division awards.

23. Level high points will be calculated in the same manner as Division high point. Points are accumulated for each level (maximum two contiguous levels) in which horse/rider entered.

24. In case of a tie, the horse/rider with the highest single score is the winner; if the highest scores are the same, the next highest scores will be considered until the tie is broken. Open and Amateur Introductory scores will not be considered in the case of a Division tie.

25. Total point accumulation will be posted on the CAWDA website weekly.

26. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure his/her points are correctly recorded on the website. Questions regarding point calculations should be sent to

27. Year-end awards will be given as follows for Divisions: Champion: award and ribbon; Reserve Champion: award and ribbon; Places 3-10: ribbon only.

Year-end awards will be given as follows for Levels: Champion: award and ribbon; Reserve Champion: ribbon only; Places 3-10: ribbon only.

28. CAWDA fees: Approved CAWDA high point shows charge $3 per Western Dressage entry. The CAWDA has no per class qualifying fees.

29. The 2020 CAWDA show year runs January 1 to November 1, 2020. No shows scheduled between November 2 and December 31, 2020, will be approved as a 2020 CAWDA High Point show. Approved 2020 shows postponed due to unforeseen circumstances which are rescheduled after November 1, 2019, will count toward the 2021 CAWDA High Point.

30. Show management has the right to cancel a CAWDA qualifying show at its discretion. CAWDA has no authority to compel show management to hold a scheduled show or reschedule a show, or set any policies or rules governing the show. CAWDA is not financially or otherwise liable for any claims brought in conjunction with any show.

31. CAWDA reserves the right to change these rules at any time at its discretion.