Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
Maybe it's for creating a certain standard for teaching and judging. We all know there are no standards in western riding, every trainer does his/her own thing, gives aids a bit different etc.
So, certain rules and methods are borrowed from "the old school" to teach and later on judge by.
I think riders who have no intentions of showing traditional western events but still want to compete amongst each other showing off their well trained, happy, balanced horse can appreciate these set standards. How else could they be judged?
Maybe, as I said before, the term Western Dressage is not the best, but I couldn't think of any other.
But, as stated somewhere on this thread, it is for horses who are not good enough to compete in either dressage or western, I find quite rude.
And you too-shame on you. You seem to think that unless it is "dressage" (stated with nose in the air) is is not "worthy, and the rest of us are somehow just getting by, all "mimbly nimbly" just riding around with no direction.......WOW.
So, those of us who ride western had to come up with something worthy, so we named it "dressage". Hmmm.