High Point, Rookie of the Year Program Rules


WDA of GA is proud to enter into the third year of offering our Georgia members a High Point program.   This affordable program is open to all riders at all of the WD levels.  The award program year is February 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  There are divisions for Amateur, Open and Youth.  The cost is $25 per horse/rider combination per level (and $15 for youth).  For example, if you are sharing a horse with a trainer or a youth rider, each person would need to enter the program separately even with the same horse.  There are five levels to choose from: Intro, Basic, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. You may only choose 2 consecutive levels per year.  For example, you can choose Intro and Basic but not Intro and Level 1.

High Point Registration Form

When writing your check make sure it is $25 (adult) /$15 (Youth) per each level and horse that you are entering.  (If you show your horse in adult Intro and Basic, that would be $50)  Then get out there and show!  All test scores will be uploaded by our High Point chairperson, Kim Depp and published quarterly but it is strongly encouraged that everyone keep track of their tests in case of discrepancies (scores are reported by show secretaries). You need a minimum of 6 tests from the qualifying shows in GA (announced at award dinner and posted on website) with at least three different judges. 

High Point levels: one horse/rider combo for each rider level (Intro, Basic, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3) and Division (Open, Amateur or Youth). Your total number of tests will have the top 6 pulled, then we drop the highest and lowest, leaving 4 tests to be totaled and averaged.  Your final percentage score will be calculated for High Point.  For example:  You compete in the Basic level and show in 24 total tests under four different judges.  Your top 6 scores will be pulled, checking to make sure they are from 3 different judges.  If not, we will continue to pull scores from more judges until we have at least 6 tests.  Then, we drop the highest and lowest scores leaving 4 scores for calculation.  Those top four are added together and divided by 4 to give a final score average. This is done this way while WDAA is transitioning to WD only judges (2019), when scores should be more consistent. Today, some of the shows in the high point program are schooling, WDAA recognized, and USEF with judges of different levels.

Division High Point: Open, Amateur and Youth (one horse/rider combo per level) all of your percentage scores will be used in the average.

NEW for 2018! Overall High Point: The highest averaged percentage score (using all tests entered) over all divisions and all levels.

To enter, you must be a current member of WDAGA and WDAA.   I encourage all of you to get out and ride, enjoy your horses and possibly earn some awards along the way.  Remember it’s all about the journey!

Highlights of the High Point Rules:

One horse/one rider/level

Entry Fee: $25 Adult; $15 Youth

Divisions:  Open, Amateur, Youth (under 18).

High point in each division and level and overall.

Open to all paid participants who are Western Dressage Association of America and Western Dressage Association of Georgia members.

Scores count in Introductory, Basic, First Level, Second Level, Third Level; no freestyle or specialty classes, such as Western Dressage Equitation, Western Dressage Suitability.

Must ride a minimum of SIX qualifying Georgia tests under three (3) different judges (per level). You may show in as many classes as you like, but only your top 6 scores are used for High Point Level. All scores are used for High Point Division and Overall.

 Rider submits an application online with their fee(s) via Paypal. For payment by check, print out the online form and send with payment to WDAGA, Kim Depp, High Point Chairperson, 1520 Tate Rd, Summerville, Ga. 30747. For scores to count, paid applications must be received before the end of a show. Retroactive scores won’t be eligible for high point.

Top four (after dropping highest and lowest from 6) percentage scores will be added to calculate total points for High Point Levels.

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.

Total points will be posted on the Western Dressage Association of Georgia web site and Facebook quarterly: www.wdageorgia.org.

Awards and final results will be presented at the Annual Western Dressage Association of Georgia meeting in January 2019.

High Point year will be February 1, 2018 through December 30, 2018.

Only scores from Georgia shows on the 2018 calendar qualify for High Point.

Rookie of the Year Award:

Together with our sponsor, Lisa Segar Insurance and Agent Pagan Gilman, we have created an award designed to bring new people into the sport every year by offering a Rookie of the Year Amateur and Rookie of the Year Youth award. The rules are simple and there is NO FEE to enter the Rookie program.  Please read more below:

1 – You must be a current WDA of GA member

2 – You must be in your first year showing Western Dressage

3 – The award is based on the rider only regardless of what horse they show

4 – You must ride in at least 6  tests under 3 different judges .Your scores will be tabulated by dropping the highest and lowest of your top 6 tests and then average your final 4 scores for a score. You can show as many tests as you desire but only your highest 6 will be used in the tabulation process.

5 – There is an enrollment form for the program but there are no fees.

6 – You must initial stating that you certify to be a first year rider in Western Dressage.  Anyone found in violation of this will be disqualified from the program.   

Rookie of the Year Registration

For any questions about the High Point or Rookie program contact Kim Depp, kjdepp@windstream.net