Originally Posted by nrhareiner
It is called reining and reining is recognized by the USEF.
Lol, that I knew already.
Personally, with the (relatively) long existence of reining recognition, why is something like "western dressage" needed? If someone wants more "D" dressage than reining offers, it's time to buy a shadbelly and a dressage saddle.
I was under the impression, based on the OP's reference to USEF recognition, that the camp that considers western dressage to be separate from reining has gained recognition for western dressage as a separate discipline with the USEF. I was also under the impression that such discussion was rather controversial, but I don't follow the news that closely.