North American Western Dressage
What does everyone think of it? The dressage trainer at my barn helped to start Western Dressage and even is going to create a special saddle for it. I think it's pretty cool! :-)
Otherwise known as reining? :lol:
Love your username, by the way. I'm a huge fan of Afleet Alex!
Actually no, it's not like reining.
I noticed this starting to pop up in our area. I think it's great. It really bridges the gap between the english and western disciplines who both think each other is crazy.
Western Dressage Association of America
To get all the information you need about western dressage, visit the nationally recognized website, WDAA.org. They are the non-profit organization who started with members like Jack Brainerd and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, and have a board of advisors who are experienced with many years of riding and training.
WDAA is registered 501(c) non profit, educational organization, with official affiliates in many states, with more being added all the time. They have access to all the upcoming rules and tests, if you are interested in showing, or simply information if you want to improve your riding using basic dressage principles. It is open to any rider of any age or experience, and any breed of horse.
Please check their website and enjoy the journey.
Bizarre this topic came up today. Just last night I watched a Julie Goodnight episode where she was helping a woman with western dressage training. I've also never heard of it. Nice to see some attempt at bridging the divide between the two disciplines I suppose.
Here's a thread on it..
That's an interesting thread! I'm starting to think Western Dressage is a contradiction in terms; the goals are so different, Anything past Pre-Training, or maybe Training Level, looks like dressage in a Western saddle. (Or that weird hybrid saddle.)
IMHO, ANY form of showing that increases the time spent and improves the discipline of both horse and rider is a good thing.
I think it could be very useful for folks who do not own the traditional TB, or Warmblood and, therefore, think that their horse is unable to perform Dressage bc he/she is the wrong breed.
Considering how out-of-control many horses are today, I applaud another excuse to train. I am interested. =D
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