The mission of the Pennsylvania Western Dressage Association (PAWDA) directly mirrors the mission statement of the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA), and is as follows:
Our mission is about education
The WDAA provides venues, forums, and resources for riders of all horse breeds to learn to improve balance, cadence, and carriage of both horse and rider. By combining the disciplines of dressage with the philosophies of western riding, the WDAA seeks to improve our partnership with our horse. Our goal is a happier, more sound horse, and a more aware and knowledgeable rider. Achieving these goals is a journey of technique, learning, growth, practice, and patience.
Our commitment to tax-exempt requirements
The WDAA has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The WDAA and any Affiliate who is also recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization shall comply with all applicable guidelines, purposes, and restrictions imposed by or appropriate for section 501(c)(3) organizations.
Our commitment to equine equality
The WDAA is dedicated to the principle of inclusion. All horse breeds and riding disciplines, without exception or limitation, are respected and invited to participate in the WDAA vision and all of its forums, venues, events, and resources. The WDAA and the Affiliate shall comply and respect this principle of inclusion and shall not, in any manner, exclude any breed or discipline.
Our commitment to quality content, presentation, and service
The WDAA develops a wide range of educational materials, tools, guidelines and curricula. These materials are provided to its Affiliates. The WDAA and each Affiliate shall use these materials to provide organized professional presentations and service for the education and benefit of its members.
Our commitment to collaboration and open relationships
The WDAA seeks open relationships with all equine organizations and believes that through sharing educational resources, techniques and attitudes, all horses and riders will benefit. The WDAA and the Affiliate shall support this principle of collaboration in all its relationships, events, venues and forums.
In early 2022, a few western dressage enthusiasts in Pennsylvania explored what was available in terms of western dressage fellowship. The previous western dressage affiliate had become inactive, and to reinvigorate interest and camaraderie, as well as an opportunity to plan, sponsor and advertise events and shows, the new Pennsylvania Western Dressage Association (PAWDA), was formed.