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Thank you all for participating in the 2021 High Point Program.  We look forward to your participation in our 2022 CAWDA High Point Live Show and Virtual Show High Point programs!

The 2021 CAWDA High Point program closed as of October 31, 2021
.  Please be sure to submit any remaining tests from the shows you entered in the last 30 days.  No tests will be accepted after November 30.

Notify CAWDA at if you have corrections or have questions about your scores in the standings.  Any corrections must be received by November 30 No corrections will be accepted after November 30.

Any nominations for Breed Awards and Education Awards will be accepted until November 30.

Between December 1 and December 31, CAWDA will do a final audit on the scores and standings and make any corrections necessary.

The 2021 CAWDA High Point standings will be official on January 1, 2022.

To view the current 2021 standings click here:  2021 CAWDA High Point Standings

To view the 2021 High Point rules click here: 2021 CAWDA High Point Rules

To view rules for Breed Awards click here: 2021 High Point Breed Award Rules

To view rules for Education Awards click here: 2021 Perpetual WD Education Trophy Rules

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Western Dressage Educational Events

CAWDA High Point Program

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2022 CAWDA High Point Awards and Prizes
2022 CAWDA High Point Awards and Prizes

CAWDA offers these year-end awards and prizes for our Live Show and Virtual High Point competitions:

Division awards for Open/Professional Rider, Amateur 18 & Over, Youth 13 & Under, and Youth 14-17

Level awards (Intro through Level 4) for Open, Amateur, Youth 13 & Under, and Youth 14-17

Breed Awards for High Point Horse Breed (horse must be nominated annually)

Perpetual Education trophy awarded to the High Point Open, Amateur, and Youth for riders who attend or present a qualifying educational event.

Rider Medal Program - Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal awarded to rider who achieves a minimum of 65% at specific levels.

Virtual/Online Horse Shows - Online Western Dressage shows hosted by, including a virtual High Point program.
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2022 CAWDA High Point Rules
2022 CAWDA High Point Rules
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2022 CAWDA Breed Award Rules
2022 CAWDA Breed Award Rules
Are you competing on your favorite Arabian, Quarter Horse, mule, Appaloosa or other equine breed? Show your support for your best horse by sponsoring a CAWDA Breed Recognition award. 

CAWDA is offering an award to the highest scoring horse nominated by its registered breed in conjunction with the CAWDA High Point and Virtual High Point programs. This is a sponsored award; only sponsored breeds will be eligible. 

Sponsorships are $100 per breed. Any breed may be sponsored including an “Unknown Breed/Unregistered Breed” horse. Sponsors will be listed in our 2022 eNews  and on our website and will be recognized at our year end awards banquet.

To sponsor a breed award, send your check and the breed you wish to sponsor to CAWDA, PO Box 44, Sunland, CA 91041.

To nominate your favorite four-legged competitor for a breed award, you must

1) Complete the Breed Nomination form here:
NOTE: You must nominate your horse in the current show year in order to be considered for a breed award. Breed nominations do not carry over from year to year.

2) Submit scores in accordance with CAWDA program rules and meet division qualifications under the CAWDA High Point or Virtual High Point program by the end of the high point year.

2022 Breed Award Rules (as of11/13/21):

1) Horse can only be nominated for one breed category.

2) The Horse within its breed category with the highest points will win the Breed Award. Highest points will be calculated by the Horse’s top five scores submitted and totaled.

Introductory Level and Freestyle scores to count regardless of rider’s status (i.e, Open, Amateur, Youth).

3) Horse may be ridden by more than one rider; top five scores will be selected from all qualified riders’ scores combined.

4) Scores will be counted if horse/rider combination is qualified by the end of the 2022 High Point year per CAWDA High Point rules. If horse is ridden by more than one rider, only the qualified combinations’ scores will count toward the Breed Award. Scores for any horse/rider combination that did not qualify per the CAWDA High Point rules will not be counted in the top five scores.

5) No equitation, suitability, hack or other “flat” classes to count.

6) In case of a tie, highest single score submitted will determine the winner.

7) Refer to the CAWDA High Point and Virtual High Point rules for eligibility and any circumstances not documented here.

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

Click here for the 2022 High Point Breed Award Rules
(You must be a member to access the form.)

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2022 Perpetual Education Trophy Rules
2022 Perpetual Education Trophy Rules
In keeping with our educational charter and focus, the CAWDA Board will offer a special perpetual Education trophy for professional, amateur and youth members. 

To qualify for the award, 
1) you must be a CAWDA member in good standing,
2) be qualified for the CAWDA High Point awards by October 30, 2022 or at the conclusion of the last 2022 Virtual High Point Show  (i.e., having attended three shows and submitted at least five scores),
3) and have participated in at least one Western Dressage educational event between November 1, 2021 and October 30, 2022.

The event must be approved by the CAWDA Board, but may be submitted before or after the event. All submissions must be submitted and approved no later than December 1, 2022.

Youth and Amateur members may attend a Western Dressage educational event, such as a clinic, seminar, Train The Trainers™ program, or a judges’ seminar as a participant. Auditing may be accepted provided the attendee can show proof of attending the event. Participation and auditing will be subject to verification with the event organizer.

Professional members may attend a Western Dressage educational event (as described above), or may teach or present a Western Dressage educational event such as a clinic or seminar. Teaching riding lessons or training (outside of a clinic or seminar) does not count for professional qualification.

Mentor activities will also count toward the qualifying educational event.

The qualifying educational event must occur between November 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022.

How do you win? The qualified Open, Amateur and Youth rider with the highest cumulative five scores at their highest level ridden at the end of the CAWDA Live Show or Virtual High Point competition year, will be awarded this year’s perpetual trophy. (For example, if you rode Basic and Level 1, highest five scores in Level 1 would qualify.)

Enter your qualifying event by clicking the link below and upload a scanned receipt, ticket, event flyer or other proof of attendance.

For questions about the award, ask us at

Note for trophy seekers – the CAWDA will retain the Perpetual trophy to be displayed at CAWDA events whenever possible. An engraved nameplate will be put on the perpetual trophy with the winning rider's name. Winners will receive a plaque or similar trophy (to keep forever).

Click here to register for the Educational Awards!

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2021 CAWDA High Point Standings
2021 CAWDA High Point Standings

Thank you to the Sponsors
of our High Point Program

Sponsors 2019
Upcoming Events
2022 CAWDA Live Show High Point Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
2022 CAWDA Virtual High Point Upcoming Events

CAWDA Mentor Program, Demonstrations
and Events

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What is a CAWDA Mentor?
What is a CAWDA Mentor?
The CAWDA Educational Mentor Program recognizes that its members are the program’s best spokespersons. The Mentor Program is open to Western Dressage enthusiasts, both trainers and amateur riders who can use their enthusiasm and knowledge to project a clear and accurate image of Western Dressage in demonstrations and events, and promote the vision and mission of the Western Dressage Association of America by building relationships with their local horse clubs and other venues interested in Western Dressage. The program was piloted at the California State Fair and UC Davis Horse Day with much success.
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How do I become a Mentor?
How do I become a Mentor?
The program consists of volunteer “mentors” and demonstration riders. To become a mentor, you must

• hold current memberships in good standing with both CAWDA and WDAA;
• have shown at Level 1 or above with a minimum score of 68%;
• have attended the WDAA Train the Trainers™ program or have participated in at least two Exhibitions conducted by a CAWDA Mentor.

Mentors identify potential educational venues and coordinate each event, including choosing demo riders, scripting dialog, organizing practice sessions, and are responsible for the overall management of the event.
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Who are the CAWDA Mentors?
Who are the CAWDA Mentors?

Upcoming Events
2022 Mentor Events

Click here for more information about our CAWDA Mentors program.