From the Western Dressage Association®
"Our Rules incorporate elements of
both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member
feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board
members championed by Anita Owen, FEI Olympic Dressage judge.
"Our resulting Rules are designed
for use by judges and show managers, but also for riders of all experience levels. These Rules are a
wonderful educational tool with highlights that include detailed gait descriptions, movements and goals &
objectives – all of which will help design a progressive learning and training program regardless of intent to
show or ride in any other discipline.
"These newly revised WDAA Rules come
into effect for the 2015 competition year. In addition, the WDAA has developed a Western Dressage Trainers
program Train the Trainers™ as well as continuing education programs for dressage judges and exhibitors in
collaboration with our corporate partner Horseshow.com
"The new WDAA Western Dressage Tests
are designed with progressive elements to showcase the developing skills of horse and rider.
were written to assist judges when officiating in Western Dressage classes rather than Classical Dressage, and may
be helpful to students and instructors of Western Dressage to understand better what the dressage judges will be
looking for in the tests.
"Western Dressage is trained and
shown in specific levels which build on each other and which reflect the development of the skills and abilities of
both the horse and rider. The tests ridden in shows are used as a measure of the correctness of the horse’s
(and rider’s) schooling. Collective marks are based on:
Gaits: the freedom and regularity of
the horse’s movement
Impulsion: the horse’s desire to move
forward, elasticity of steps, roundness
Submission: the horse’s attention and
confidence, harmony with rider, lightness of movements, and acceptance of the bit
Rider’s position and seat:
correctness and effect of the aids"
WDAA Rules effective 1 January 2015