I think a lot of times english riders (in general, not all) don't see the benefit of riding a horse on a completely loose rein (not to mention bridleless), so they think of it as being a western thing. It's SO important for the horse and rider to be able to ride Freestyle. It teaches the horse responsibility, purity of gait, and it really gets horses using their brains and showing you who he truly is. Plus it's fun! It teaches the rider to not mircromanage the horse, to have an independent seat and to use their focus. That way when you want to ride Finesse (with contact) you ride Freestyle, inside the Finesse. Being able to do that is crucial, IMO.