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CAWDA Announces WD Judges Scholarship

California Western Dressage Association announced its Western Dressage Judges’ Scholarship program, an annual award program to help potential Western Dressage judges achieve their goal.

CAWDA is offering a Western Dressage Judges' Scholarship to a selected CAWDA member who is considering becoming a Western Dressage judge or is in the process of going through the Western Dressage licensing program. All adult CAWDA members are eligible to apply except for those who are already USEF licensed large R western dressage judges. (Small "r" judges going for their large "R" may also apply.)

The CAWDA scholarship will cover the fee for the upcoming (2023) WDAA Judges’ seminar held in Colorado. One applicant will be selected by the CAWDA Board based on their application and a Board interview. Deadline for application submission is November 20, 2022.

Western Dressage judges are the cornerstone of our discipline. We are excited to be able to offer this award and welcome those who accept the challenge of becoming a licensed judge to apply.

For more information about the program and to access the scholarship application, visit our web page at

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