Stars for Life
Stars for Life is a lifetime achievement and recognition program for horses of all breeds
"Stars for Life" is designed to provide public recognition of your equine partners as they progress through the levels of Western Dressage, Dressage, Six Feet on the Ground, NAWD Trail, NAWD Ranch, NAWD Freestyle, NAWD Long Reining. Points will be awarded for each star that your horse earns. The horse that earns the most points for the year will be recognized as the "Horse of the Year" and will receive a special plaque.
NAWD's original star program celebrates horses, handlers and trainers who earn at least three scores of 65% or better in NAWD programs, like Western and traditional dressage, groundwork, trail, freestyle and ranch competitions. Your horse may earn one star in each category. In addition, Amateur/Youth, trainer, coach, teams and ambassadors. This program is free, and NAWD membership is not required.
This program provides a place for your horse to receive even more recognition—each horse registered receives a personal webpage on nawdhorse.org, where you can showcase their photo, personal story and a comprehensive and more detailed listing of Stars earned.
As previously mentioned, the original NAWD Stars program allows only one star per category. Your horse may earn a star for each level within the respective categories:
This program is $50 annually, or $30 per year for NAWD members.
Participants will receive access to a document where they will record their scores. We will verify scores and update pages on a quarterly basis.
The original Stars program
"NAWD Stars” serves as a resource for those looking for excellence in performance
Clients seeking a trainer or coach will be able review the list and find trainers and coaches performing successfully in Western and Cowboy Dressage.
Are you Pro Rider who has earned a 70% in a WD test? Have you earned 3 scores of 70% or higher? Then you and your horse are eligible for a NAWD Star!
AA or Youth Riders
Are you an Amateur or Youth Rider who has earned a 65% in a WD test? Have you earned 3 scores of 65% or higher? Then you and your horse are eligible for a NAWD Star!
Has your coach helped you reach this level of excellence? Your Coach is eligible for a star as well.
Stars earned through NAWD shows are free. Stars earned with scores from anywhere else are $20 each.
This list is open to everyone regardless of affiliation.
Congratulations to our 2017 Horse of the Year! Boon Ocean Blue is owned, trained, and shown by Kris Blacklock. Although Adult Amateur Kris Blacklock always adored horses, it wasn’t until she turned 45 that she purchased and started riding her first horse, a 10 yr old Morgan co-owned with her daughter. Twelve years later, Boon Ocean Blue, a 4 month old Blue Roan Quarter Horse filly chose Kris by leaving the herd and introducing herself. Kris and Dale acquired Ocean when she was 15 months; however never started a youngster; so they started their journey by focusing on lots of groundwork, auditing colt starting clinics and using progressive dressage training to develop confidence, balance and athleticism. In 2017, Kris and Ocean choreographed and rode in a dressage and eventing discipline demo plus participated in ground pole sessions during the 2017 Midwest Horse Fair, competed in North American Western Dressage virtual shows (NAWD Six Feet on the Ground, Trail, Traditional, Western and Freestyle Dressage) and competed in live Working Equitation (Dressage and Ease of Handling) ‘B’ rated shows in IL and NE. Kris values and appreciates all that North American Western Dressage offers and considers NAWD a progressive equestrian organization that brings the versatility of dressage 24/7 to equestrians of all ages, all equine breeds and all levels of handlers/riders.
- Stars are free when earned from NAWD Virtual Shows or NAWD recognized live shows.
- There is a $20 fee for each Star granted when the results include any score(s) not awarded through NAWD Virtual or NAWD recognized live shows.
- Scores across categories cannot be mixed.
The “NAWD Stars” program recognizes and rewards the achievements of professionals and amateurs in Western and Cowboy Dressage. “NAWD Stars” serves as a resource for those looking for excellence in our industry. Clients seeking a trainer or coach will be able review the list and find trainers and coaches performing successfully in Western and Cowboy Dressage.
Categories available for NAWD Stars
- Western Dressage
- Traditional Dressage
- Cowboy Dressage
- NAWD Six Feet on the Ground
- NAWD/USEF Freestyle
- NAWD Western Dressage Trail
- Ranch Horse