Start of Western Dressage in the UK

We 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.

 

It 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.

 

Then 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.

So 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.

 

Since 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.

 

Western 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.

 

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