The schooling show is held annually in the spring, and for most area riders, it is the first dressage show of the season. This is a good way to dust off the competition cobwebs and prepare for a new year. Riders are particularly interested in having positive early experiences this spring, as the nationally published dressage tests (patterns) that riders will perform are brand new this year at all competition levels.
Karen Pautz, show manager and WWU dressage instructor, emphasizes the stress-free nature of this show.
“Nationally recognized dressage shows can be quite formal affairs, but our WWU dressage schooling shows, which are unrated by any national organizing body, are designed to be as friendly as possible to horses and riders new to showing, or those trying out new levels of competition for the first time,” said Pautz. “It is a great way to introduce people to the sport of dressage and get a good start on the show season.”
Introductory, training, 1st-4th level, FEI level, eventing, and western dressage test classes will be offered.
The show is open to both WWU riders and non-collegiate competitors. Viewing the competition is free and open to the public. The prize list and show schedule is published at www.shortenyourreins.com/wwu/15_spring_schooling/index.html. For more information, contact Pautz at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.