SWDC Qualifying Percentages
Southwest Dressage Championship 2024 Qualifying Percentages
The intent to qualify for a specific division must be designated on the
entry form and the qualifying fee PAID before the ride at a qualifying show.
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Important Considerations for Qualifying
1. A horse/rider combination may qualify for the SWDC
Championship by earning two qualifying scores in qualifying classes at SWDC
recognized shows during the SWDC qualifying year. Qualifying classes
are the highest test at each level, with the exception of Walk Trot which
will use Intro Test B. Winning or placing in the class is not necessary as
long as the score is earned. These scores must be earned at two
different competitions from two different judges.
2. An $13.00 fee is added to
the regular entry fee when entering a Qualifying Class at an SWDC recognized
competition. $1.00 of the fee is to provide for the volunteers’ services at
the Championships, $6.00 of this fee is allocated for prize money at the
Championships, and the remaining will be used to help pay for expenses and
3. One score may be earned at a show that is not approved by the SWDC as
long as: a. The show is outside of Region 9 and recognized by
The rider submits the score (a copy of the front of a signed dressage test)
and a fee of $25.00 to the SWDC
Qualifying Secretary within two weeks of the end of the competition. If the
score is not received within the two weeks, it will not apply.
4. A horse/rider combination having won the Championships at a certain
level and division may not compete at that level and division or below in
the Championships in subsequent years (except Grand Prix). However,
the horse may compete at any level with a different rider.
5. Riders in the
Walk/Trot level must not have competed in a recognized show above First
6. Each rider must declare the division in which they are competing prior
to each attempt at a qualifying ride at SWDC qualifying shows or for a score
submitted under Rule 4 (Amateur, Open, or Junior/Young Rider) and must
provide proof of eligibility in the case of Amateur and Junior/Young Rider.
The intent to qualify for a particular division must be designated on the
entry form. Adult Amateur, Junior/Young Riders and Ponies may also qualify
for the Open division. Separate qualifying scores must be earned for
each division. At the SWDC
Championships they must enter each division separately and will ride in each
division separately. If a competitor is found to have entered a division in
which they are NOT ELIGIBLE
they must default to show in the Open division if their qualifying scores
are sufficient to qualify in that division.
7. In qualifying classes with more than one judge, scores among the
judges of the ride will be averaged. For purposes of obtaining
qualifying scores from two judges, so long as one judge in the judging
combination is changed, it will constitute a different judge.
rides must be ridden in an unmodified standard 20m x 60m arena with the
exception of walk trot which may be ridden in a 20m x 40m arena.
wishing to qualify for the any Open Pony Championship Level may ride a
qualifying test at the corresponding Level in any division. These
qualifying scores do not have to be earned in classes restricted to ponies
but the competitor must declare prior to the start of the ride their intent
to qualify for the SWDC Pony Championship class. Failure to do so will
result in the default to the open division. Ponies must meet height
requirements set by the USEF (DR135) in order to be eligible for this
division at the Championships.
10. Junior Riders may
qualify for the SWDC Open Third Level Freestyle Championship Class using
qualifying scores obtained from Junior Rider Freestyle and Young Riders may
qualify for the SWDC Open FEI Level Freestyle class using the Young Riders
Freestyle. Scores must meet the division percentages and the rider must
state the intention to qualify for those classes and pay qualifying fees
PRIOR TO THE RIDE.
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