USEF Partnership

Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts each share a personal bond with the horse. This commonality defines the membership of the United States Equestrian Federation which serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport.

The United States Equestrian Federation has recognized WDAA as the sole affiliate representing the discipline of Western Dressage.

All Western Dressage rules are contained in the USEF rule book and USEF enforces these rules at USEF licensed shows. All WDAA Recognized shows follow USEF rules, in order to provide a level playing feild for all participants. USEF licenses all Western Dressage judges.

You can utilize a FREE USEF Fan Membership to take advantage of a variety of benefits including USEF Network Live Content viewing, Access to US EQUESTRIAN magazine digitally, Memberperks discounts, and more! Sign up her:


WDAA Youth Educational Scholarship Program

The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) is proud to present a scholarship opportunity funded by a youth grant offered by the US Equestrian Federation.

Three (3) scholarships of $500 each are available to youth riders who are looking to enhance their Western Dressage education. Scholarships must be used for Western Dressage educational experiences to include clinics, camps, and/or non-show events. The applicant must be under the age of 18 at the time of application, an active member of WDAA, and a member of USEF.

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WDAA is grateful to receive a USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award Recognized Affiliate Grant. 

In 2023 with the help of this grant WDAA has created a Guide to Western Dressage booklet for junior riders. This booklet can be downloaded for free off of the at Getting Started for Beginners or can be mailed directly to enthusiasts at no cost.