2017 Southwest Dressage Championships
horse/rider combination may qualify for the SWDC Championship by earning two
qualifying scores in qualifying classes at SWDC recognized shows during the
2017 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 $8.00 fee is added to the
regular entry fee when entering a Qualifying Class at an SWDC recognized
competition. $5.00 of this fee
is allocated for prize money at the Championships, $1.00 of the fee is to
provide for the volunteers’ services at the Championships, and the remaining
$2.00 will be used to help pay for awards.
3. The 2017 SWDC qualifying season will start 9/26/16 through
4. 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 USEF/USDF.
b. 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.
5. 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.
6. Riders in the
Walk/Trot level must not have competed in a recognized show above First
7. 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 ELIGABLE
they must default to show in the Open division if their qualifying scores
are sufficient to qualify in that division.
8. 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.
9. Qualifying rides must be ridden in an unmodified standard 20m x 60m
10. Competitors wishing to qualify for the Training or First Level Open
Pony Championships may ride a qualifying test at Training or First 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.
11. 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.
Competitors may check scores by checking
web site or by emailing the SWDC Qualifying Secretary, at
email@example.com. To permit recording, scores will not be
available until at least three weeks after the competition
for Competing in SWDC Championships
purposes of SWDC only, riders do not have to be U.S. citizens nor have their
horse registered with the USEF/USDF. However, horses and riders should
comply with any and all applicable rules for competing at a recognized show.
two consecutive levels may be ridden at the Championships.
national-level riders may carry a whip and have their test called. FEI
riders may carry a whip but may not have a caller.
top three riders are required to return mounted for the awards ceremonies in
order to receive their awards.
should wear their Medals at all times during the show (except while riding).
Silver, & Bronze medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd,
& 3rd places. Ribbons will be awarded for first through sixth
places. The Tommy Thompson SWDC Award will be given to the rider/horse that
has the highest score in an SWDC Championship ride at the Championships.
money will be awarded for the first three places. The amount is determined
by the amount of surcharge fees collected from qualifying rides throughout
the qualifying year and the number of entries in all the Open, Amateur, and
Junior/Young Rider Championships classes. It is allocated as follows:
First/50%, Second/30%, and Third/20%.
money will be dispersed within thirty days to the owner in the Open
division, to the rider in the Amateur division, and to the rider (or
parent/legal guardian if the rider is not 18 years of age) for the
Junior/Young Rider division.
for Qualifying Competitions
1. Shows must be recognized by the USEF, USDF and the SWDC to hold
SWDC qualifying classes.
2. Shows must be within Region
9 or the Contiguous States to receive SWDC recognition.
3. Recognition for SWDC may be
applied for by completing an application and mailing the application and a
$40/show recognition fee to the SWDC Chairman. Application are
available from the SWDC Web site or from the SWDC Chairman.
Shows must apply for recognition 60 days prior to the first day of the show
or the fee will be $150.
4. Shows will charge an $8.00
qualifying fee for each rider that signs up for an SWDC qualifying ride.
All SWDC qualifying fees for rides down centerline must be paid to SWDC,
whether the horse/rider pair obtained a qualifying score or not.
SWDC qualifying fees for scratches must either be refunded to the competitor
or forwarded to SWDC.
Only one check will be submitted by the Show and will made to the SWDC and
mailed to the SWDC Qualifying Secretary.
5. SWDC qualifying results must
be postmarked or emailed within ten calendar days of the final show date of
the competition and submitted to the SWDC Qualifying Secretary. No
results will be considered submitted without a check for the SWDC qualifying
fees. Failure to provide the SWDC qualifying results and fees within
the specified time will result in a $100 fine for the first week of lateness
and $200 for 1+ week of lateness. It is recommended that shows send
results certified mail in order to verify date.
6. If fines are not paid
they will be added to the amount of dues for the ensuing year and future
competitions dates will not be awarded until both penalties and dues have
7. Shows held the final two
weekends of the qualifying year must submit their results in three days of
the final day of competition. However, these results may be faxed
within the three days and the official results would need to submitted
according to the above rule #5.
8. Checks returned
Non-Sufficient Funds will be charged $50.
9. Should a show cancel their
show no fees will be refunded. Changes of date must notify the
SWDC Secretary within 30 days of the show.
10. No show will be recognized by the SWDC that has not paid in full
all past obligations.
SWDC Qualifying Score page should be included in each show’s prize list and
by applying for SWDC recognition, each show, their host organization, and
management agrees to abide by SWDC rules and by-laws.
Additionally, each show must provide documentation upon request of
the SWDC Board to support SWDC fees and entries.
for Hosting SWDC Championship
1. Application to hold the
Championships must be made thirty days prior to the Region 9 Annual Meeting
in order to be approved by the SWDC Board of Directors.
2. The Championships must be held
in Region 9.
3. All judges must be approved by
the SWDC Board of Directors prior to their hiring.
4. Closing date is to be three
days after the final qualifying date.
Championships entry fees should not be less than $40 nor more than $60.
6. A draft of the prize list must
be submitted to the SWDC Director no later than four months prior to the
first day of the competition.
7. Prize lists must be mailed to all SWDC qualifiers.
The list of qualifiers will be made available from the Qualifying
Secretary. All Qualifying entries must be accepted as
long as they are postmarked by closing date.
8. Multiple judges should be used at all levels and it
is recommended that at least 50% of the judges hired to officiate the SWDC
Championship reside outside of Region 9.
a. All Junior/Young Rider
Championship classes Second Level and below and all Pony Championship
classes must be held on Saturday and Sunday.
b. Fourth Level and FEI
classes should be scheduled accordingly with Great American Insurance
Group/USDF Region 9 Championships in order that no horse has to ride more
than one test in a day; i.e. Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges, Prix. St.
Georges and Intermediaire I, Intermediaire 1 and 2, Intermediaire 2 and
c. In the case that a
freestyle has to be on the same day as the open championship they
should be spaced as far apart as possible in order to allow the horse time
d. Time should be allocated
for formal mounted awards ceremonies. It does not have to be at the
end of each class but can be with all divisions being awarded at one time.
10. The show secretary must verify that all entrants in
the SWDC Championships have qualified. A list will be provided by closing
date of all riders on record that have qualified. However, this list
will not be complete due to late qualifying shows. As soon as the complete
list is available, the Qualifying Secretary will fax the official list.
This will not be any later than seven days of the final qualifying show.
No rider may compete that is not qualified according to the SWDC Qualifying
11. The SWDC Appeals Committee
will consist of the SWDC Board of Directors present at the Championships
and a representative from the Horse Show Management.
12. The Championship Show will
receive $1 of the $8 surcharge that has been collected throughout the year
to provide services for their volunteers such as meals, t-shirts,
13. The Championship show will
submit a check to the SWDC no later than 30 days after the last day of the
show for an amount of $20/championship ride. These fees provide for the
SWDC Medals and other awards that the SWDC furnishes to the Championship
14. The Championship show will
submit to the SWDC within 60 days of the last day of the show a financial
statement for the show.
15. Championship show managers
should try to attend the SWDC Annual Meeting in the year of their
Championship and the year following their show.
The host organization will provide up to 4 full pages to SWDC at cost for
SWDC advertisers in the SWDC Championship show program.
The host organization will list the SWDC rules, qualifying scores and
other pertinent information in the SWDC Championship show program at no cost
applying to host the SWDC Championships, the host organization and
management agrees to abide by SWDC rules and by-laws, and must provide
documentation upon request of the SWDC Board to support SWDC fees and