In consideration of the health and safety of our participants, the SWSL is planning on pushing the 2020-2021 season to begin in February 2021, rather than November 2020.
As of now, the tentative schedule is:
Membership forms will be available in late November. If we only have 2 shows, fees will be reduced to reflect this.
We understand this is difficult for all and we ask that our members know the situation is fluid and may change based on the recommendations of the local government and health authorities, as well as the United States Equestrian Federation. We are monitoring the situation and will make any and all updates as soon as we are able to be respectful of everyone's time.
The SWSL will be releasing information detailing our heightened health and safety protocols for all events. With everyone's participation and compliance, we will do everything we can to keep our competitors safe during these difficult times.
We thank you for your patience and understanding!
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the SWSL has cancelled the April 19th Show and April 26th Awards Banquet. The USEF has extended their recommendation that all licensed shows be postponed until after May 3, 2020.
The SWSL Board is currently judging whether rescheduling the Show and the Awards Banquet for July is feasible. Please check your emails as a survey has been sent to help with this decision.
We understand this is a difficult time for all - please stay safe!
Important Update: The USEF strongly recommends all licensed shows be suspended through April 16, 2020. Our next show is scheduled for April 19, 2020. The SWSL is closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and will advise if there are any changes to our show's status.
Details regarding the USEF recommendations and additional resources from the CDC, WHO, USOPC, and the FEI are available on usef.org/media/coronavirus-resources.
Due to the success of the restructured February show and positive feedback, the SWSL will be rearranging the show class list as follows going forward.
1. Saddle Seat Equitation, Varsity
2. Saddle Seat English Pleasure, Varsity
3. Saddle Seat Equitation, Junior Varsity
4. Saddle Seat English Pleasure, Junior Varsity
5. Saddle Seat Equitation, Freshman
6. Saddle Seat English Pleasure, Freshman
7. Saddle Seat Equitation, Novice
8. Saddle Seat English Pleasure, Novice
9. Western Equitation, Varsity
10. Western Horsemanship, Varsity
11. Western Equitation, Junior Varsity
12. Western Horsemanship, Junior Varsity
13. Western Equitation, Freshman
14. Western Horsemanship, Freshman
15. Western Equitation, Novice
16. Western Horsemanship, Novice
Our intention is to keep the shows moving efficiently and smoothly, and we believe this change will reduce transition times between classes and the need for gate holds.
The change will be in effect for the April 19th 2020 show and all following shows.
The change has been recorded in the SWSL Rules and Regulations. Thank you!
Effective for the February 9th, 2020 and all following Saddle Seat and Western School League shows, Novice and Freshman riders in both Saddle Seat and Western divisions are required to wear protective headgear during their classes. Protective headgear must be fastened and worn appropriately. No exceptions will be allowed.
This requirement applies to the following classes:
Novice Saddle Seat Equitation
Novice Saddle Seat English Pleasure
Freshman Saddle Seat Equitation
Freshman Saddle Seat English Pleasure
Novice Western Horsemanship
Novice Western Equitation
Freshman Western Horsemanship
Freshman Western Equitation
Riders in Junior Varsity and Varsity classes will still have the option to wear a hat or protective headgear.
This requirement is recorded in the official rules of the Saddle Seat and Western School League, Rule V Section B, and Rule VI Section A.
Please be advised that the location for the October 6th SWSL show has been changed back to the Large Oval. This is the show ring where our shows usually take place. It is expected to be very warm so please come prepared for the heat. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Please be advised the location for the September 22nd Mandatory SWSL Meeting has changed. The meeting will now be held in the LA Equestrian Center's "Hospitality Lounge Barn", near the Small Oval show ring, and women's bathroom. Look for signs directing you, and we're looking forward to seeing you there!