SWDC Championship Qualifying Information Tips
1. Qualifying Divisions SWDC
qualifying is different from the way the USDF does their championship
qualifying. SWDC allows a competitor to compete in more than one division,
unlike USDF. A competitor must qualify separately for the division they
intend to ride in the championship show. Therefore if you intend to ride in
the open division the show results from the qualifying show must say that
they are for the open division. If you want to ride in the amateur division
the qualifying show must report qualifying scores as amateur. You can
qualify for open in a show’s AA class but you must declare your intent to
the secretary before you ride and she must report the score as an open
2. Multiple Division Qualifying
Scores can only count for one
division. Two open qualifying scores will only allow you to ride in the open
class. They will not allow you to ride in the Adult Amateur Class also. You
will need to get two Adult Amateur qualifying scores in addition to the two
scores for open.
3. Pony Qualifying Due to the fact that most shows do not
offer separate pony classes you may qualify in a regular open, AA or JR/YR
class. If you are intending to ride to qualify for the pony championship
class you need to let the qualifying show secretary know that you are trying
to qualify pony so that the secretary reports these classes as pony
qualifying scores. You must declare
that it is a pony qualifying ride before you ride the test.
For 2014 Training pony and First level pony divisions will not be separated
into JR/YR, AA and Open classes. All riders ( AA, JR/YR and Open) at each
level will ride together in an open class at the championships.
5. Pony Qualifying and Qualifying in another division
If you want to ride in the pony
Training level or First level championship and the Training or First level
championship in another division such as JR/YR, for instance, you will need
to have four qualifying scores. You will need two scores at 56% for the pony
and two at 61% for JR/YR.
6. Pony Measurement. You do not have to have a pony
measurement card before you enter the championships. You will be measured at
the SWDC championships. If your pony is in fact over 148cm (149cm shod) you
will not be allowed to ride in the pony class even if qualified. If you have
a dressage pony measurement card, mail a copy with your Champion entry to
compete in pony classes.
7. Arena Size Riders must ride any qualifying test in a
standard 20m x 6m arena.
8. Qualified Rider List Because
a human inputs the scores and because some show secretaries are very slow
sending in results, if you do not find yourself listed on the SWDC website
( www.swdressage.org ) as qualified by 4 weeks after the show email
the qualifying secretary and see what is wrong.
will have to declare your intent to be eligible for the vintage award at the
beginning of the Championship show. There will be a form available for you
to fill out. There will be a separate Open and Adult Amateur Division. The
winner will be the highest sum of (the age of the
rider + the age of the horse + the percentage score of the SWDC championship
Tommy Thompson Award
Will be awarded to the highest percentage SWDC score achieved by a rider at
the Championship Show.
For more information please contact Sarah Jane Martin, the Chairman of
SWDC, at firstname.lastname@example.org