How do you choose a Western Dressage Coach? By choosing their name on a website? By references or years of experience? We think that you should choose coaches that have a proven track record in Western Dressage (or Cowboy Dressage). Here at NAWD, we have designed a system that will help riders know that the coach they are considering has successfully coached others.
This system is free and open to everyone regardless of their affiliation.
Coaches earn their stars by helping riders achieve scores when judged by qualified Western (and Cowboy) Dressage judges during virtual testing or live shows.
Each coach can earn multiple stars and each star is earned by either:
- Helping 2 students achieve 3 scores of at least 65% in any single level of Western Dressage.
- Helping 2 students achieve 3 scores of at least 65% in any level of Cowboy Dressage.
- A specially designed "rising star" will be awarded for helping a student move up from one level to the next in Western Dressage. (must show 3 scores of 65% in each level)
To receive your stars, you or your students must send proof of your students' achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of scoresheets. Virtual scores will also be counted upon receipt of an email confirming your wish to include them in the program.
NAWD Professionals may earn an unlimited number of stars to be placed on their professional listing. Names of trainers will be listed on this page one time under the highest level Western Dressage star that they have achieved and once for Cowboy Dressage (if applicable).
NAWD reserves the right to revoke stars and remove stars from this list