It has been exciting to watch the evolution of the new sport of Western dressage and rewarding for so many to see it finally be recognized at national levels. And now, at the mid-year meeting of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the Board of Directors approved a rule change proposal, effective December 1, 2013, which recognizes Western dressage as an individual discipline! That’s right, beginning with the 2014 competition season, Western dressage will have its own chapter in the USEF Rule Book.
TSB is thrilled to have a role in promoting Western dressage and encouraging riders of all abilities and levels to pursue it with their horses. Right now, you can order the official, fully illustrated Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) tests at the TSB online bookstore. WDAA tests are available in four “Dressage Illustrated” collections (click each link to view and order):
Each book includes the directive ideas for each test with all coefficient movements (double points) shaded for easy identification. In addition, the required gaits and movements are clearly diagrammed and defined. Western Dressage Illustrated books are printed on heavy paper and plastic laminated for outdoor use, so you can refer to them time and time again.
Just getting started in Western dressage? WDAA Advisory Director Lynn Palm’s wonderfully illustrated book THE RIDER’S GUIDE TO REAL COLLECTION provides all the training exercises you need to succeed!