The aims and Objectives of the Dressage Western Australia Horse of the Year (“DWA HOTY”) are to:
Support the growth and development of dressage combinations in Western Australia;
Support the initiative taken by clubs and volunteers in organising competitions in Western Australia;
Increase awareness of competition opportunities for riders; and
Reward excellence and participation
The DWA HOTY qualifying scores and calculations will be maintained by the EWA Office & confirmed by DWA.
Please forward all enquiries or concerns to DWA using the contact form.
The DWA HOTY award levels are as follows:
To calculate the HOTY for each level, the average of the top five scores (by percentage) achieved at a particular level during the qualifying period at events held in WA, will be taken. Top five qualifying scores must include a score from at least one Regional Competition and one Metropolitan Competition during the qualifying period.
All competitions in Western Australia hosting Competitor Classes and/or Participant Classes are included in the calculation of the DWA HOTY.
Each combination must attend and complete tests pursuant to the current Australian Dressage and FEI rules.
All scores are for one horse/rider combination.
Riders holding a Competitive licence will not be eligible for classes in the Participant HOTY.
If a horse/rider combination moves either up or down a grade over the qualifying period, scores gained in a class will remain at that level.
If a horse changes from horse to pony or pony to horse within the year, scores will not be transferrable.
Combinations must be current members of EWA to be eligible for the HOTY.
HOTY Award Eligibility
Each combination will be eligible to win more than one level in each qualifying period, however the levels must be consecutive i.e. Preliminary and Novice
Each combination is only eligible to win a HOTY level once at one grade, with the exception of FEI classes/combinations..
Top five qualifying scores must include a score from at least:
One Regional Competition during the qualifying period, and;
One Metropolitan Competition during the qualifying period.
Regional competitions are defined as those outside a 100km radius from Perth CBD. Metropolitan competitions are defined at within 100km radius of Perth GPO.
Scores gained in Preliminary and Novice classes will not be transferable between Competitive and Participant classes.
Dressage WA reserve the right to alter/modify rules and prizes.
The qualifying period will be 1st January to the 31st December unless otherwise advised.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to register for the DWA HOTY?
No, all riders that compete at eligible competitions will be automatically included.
Does my competition need to be registered for the DWA HOTY?
EWA Competitions will be included when the results are sent through to EWA. If the results of your competition are not included after results have been sent to EWA, please contact DWA.