started in 2009 by resurrecting the old Arena Test A,
which used to be a very popular class at WES performance shows in the early days many years back but fell into
disuse owing to the time taken to run it as membership increased and entries grew proportionally.
really needed a second arena and judge as we used to have in those days, so it was eventually abandoned by WES
and replaced by the original Preliminary Pleasure
pattern (also no longer used) which we adopted as our second test.
following the sudden upsurge in popularity indicated by the stronger turnout for the Versatile Horse classes
since WES re-approved them, we took away the obstacles (which get plenty of practice in Trail anyway) and used
the Versatility pattern for our third test.
these are actually all ‘official’ WES classes at Western paces as used at WES shows, and any of you who
remember Test A or the first PP already know the patterns for those, while the third test is good practice for
the Versatile Horse classes.
then we have added some Taster, Walk/Jog, Basic, RDEC and a few more advanced tests, as well as obtaining the
approval and consent of the United States Equestrian Federation® and Western Dressage
Association® of America to utilise their current proprietary Tests.
Dressage is now supported by the Western Equestrian Society as an acceptable unaffiliated discipline for
classes at all WES Approved or Affiliated Shows, and other dressage venues local to you could maybe
consider following our lead and put on some Western Dressage classes at their own "English" shows
given enough support.