Make sure that you interview your trainer thoroughly and ask for several references. Ask if you can watch them work horses that they currently have in training. Then, if you are planning to have them train your horse for Western Dressage, make sure that you ask them to tell you about the scores they have received by qualified Western or Cowboy Dressage judges.
Here at NAWD, we believe that trainers do not need to show in the ring to prove themselves in our programs, but they do need to "prove their worth" by achieving scores from a qualified Western (Cowboy) Dressage judge. The NAWD Virtual Show system is an ideal way for trainers that don't have time to travel and show to obtain the scores they need to earn their stars.
North American Western Dressage is dedicated to promoting quality horsemanship across all organizations. Therefore, the NAWD Stars recognition system is currently free and open to everyone regardless of their affiliation.
Western Dressage Trainers achieve “Star Status” by obtaining 3 scores of 70% or greater at a specific level of Western Dressage. Trainers are also eligible to receive a special, one-time-only star for Cowboy Dressage when they demonstrate proficiency by submitting 3 scores of 70% or more when judged by an individual that has been approved for Cowboy Dressage judging by the Cowboy Dressage World Team. Test submitted through the NAWD virtual show system are always judged by approved Cowboy Dressage judges.
Trainers, please submit evidence of your scores to NAWDStars@gmail.com to be listed on this website. You will also receive a digital star to display on your website/facebook page and a star on your NAWD Professional listing as well.
NAWD Professionals may earn an unlimited number of stars to be placed on their professional listing, but only one per level per horse. 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).
Amateurs may receive stars as trainers and will remain classified as amateurs with NAWD, as long as they are not training for compensation. Your amateur status with other organizations may be jeopardized, please consult rules prior to submitting your scores for a trainer star.
North American Western Dressage reserves the right to revoke stars and remove names from this page.