Dressage is supported by the Western Equestrian Society as an
Unaffiliated discipline acceptable for all WES Approved or Affiliated Shows.
Dressage UK Rules [PRINT]
Equestrian Society GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
will apply where relevant, except that for references to WES and its officials substitute WDUK:
Section 2. Animal Welfare - Rules 2.1, 2.2, 2.5 & 2.7
Section 5. Equipment & Attire - Rules 5.1 to 5.9
Section 6. Performance Classes - Rules 6.10, 6.12 to 6.17 & 6.19 to 6.21
will be according to WDAA Guidelines & Judges
Tests will be ridden in a 20m x 40m arena except WDAA Level 1 Test 4 and above (ie. except for more advanced
tests with extra letters for a 20m x 60m).
you are already fully conversant with everything in 1 to 3 above, the only additional specific Rules of which you
need to be aware are listed below.
must be four years old or over.
horse/pony may not be shown under a judge who has been its owner, exhibitor, trainer, or agent within the
previous 14 days or if it is ridden by a member of their immediate family (partner, sibling, parent, child) or
by an employee/employer of the judge.
may compete only once in any Class including separate divisions or sections
of the same Class except
if entered Hors Concours on the second or subsequent occasion.
Western tack and stock saddle with horn are mandatory -
saddles are NOT acceptable except Hors Concours for practice.
Intro level a snaffle bit is expected and use of a curb will incur a 2-mark penalty. At Basic level either
snaffle or curb may be used, but at Medium level and above a curb is expected.
correctly-fitted Western-style noseband which must not be tight or restrictive may be used.
boots may be used provided they are well-fitting and discreet, but bandages are discouraged unless necessary for
riding tests in inclement weather smart protective clothing suitable for Western attire may be worn with the
hats are recommended and must be marked BS/EN 1384, PAS015, ASTM F1163 or prefixed with SE1, with the straps
properly adjusted and fastened. Riders
choosing to wear a Stetson do so at their own risk and MUST SUBMIT A DISCLAIMER
FORM PRIOR TO COMPETING.
position should be similar to that for Horsemanship.
should be "forward" as Western Dressage is considered to be a "working" class rather than
reins are unacceptable. Horses/ponies should be ridden on a LIGHT CONTACT and with a level top-line or
whatever appears natural for the breed and type of horse. The face should be vertical or slightly nose
out; behind the vertical is considered to be over-bent.
reins must be crossed with tails on opposite sides of the neck. Riding 2-handed with a curb bit is
permissible but each rein must be held separately. When using a snaffle bit each rein should be held
separately but may be bridged if preferred.
salute may be either "English" or Western style as preferred.
WDUK events rosettes will be awarded in each class not for placings but according to the Points Grade relevant
to the score percentage achieved:
75% - Grade 1 (Gold)
65% - Grade 3 (Bronze)
70% - Grade 2 (Silver)
60% - Grade 4 (Good)
accrued from 1st January to 31st December and are awarded to each eligible Rider/Horse combination for which
results specifying name of Rider & Horse, Score & Percent are submitted to WDUK, preferably accompanied
by a copy of each score sheet (phone photo acceptable).
To qualify for
the OVERALL Hi-Point Trophy competitors must have accrued points at two or more levels of Intro, Basic &
Medium in the current year.
Classes are restricted to Rider/Horse combinations not having previously scored 75% or over 3 or more times at
Walk/Jog level as at 1st January in the current year, after which they must progress to Lope but may still enter
Hors Concours in Walk/Jog for practice if desired but will not accrue points.
entering Hors Concours will be awarded rosettes but will not be eligible for prizes or to accrue points.
Event to be eligible for WDUK points complete THIS
EMAIL and submit as early as possible but at
least one month in advance for inclusion on the Events Calendar.
not addressed above or within WES "General Rules & Regulations" on any specific topic, the
relevant WDAA Rules will apply until clarified on this page.
riders wishing to participate may enter Hors Concours in conventional "English" tack and Dressage
for Western Horses,
& how to get started
in Western Dressage:
"Best of Both
Robert M Miller
by Holly Clanahan.
"New Horse Sport"
by Gavin Ehringer.
in South Africa"
by Izak Hofmeyr.