Gaits Wide Open

Alliance Announced Between NAWD and FOSH for Gaited Dressage

North American Western Dressage (NAWD) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an Alliance Partnership with Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) for 2015 and beyond.

NAWD and FOSH will work together to promote both traditional and Western Dressage for gaited horses through a new virtual show program called “Gaits Wide Open”. Gaits Wide Open shall be modeled after NAWD’s successful virtual show program and feature judges licensed by the Independent Judge’s Association for gaited dressage, both Traditional and Western, with the possibility of expanding into Trail and Groundwork options

NAWD and FOSH believe that gaited horses and riders can learn, train and excel in any discipline with the same classical training scale ideals of rhythm, relaxation, suppleness, connection, impulsion, and collection that are used by non­gaited breeds.

Classical horsemanship is for EVERY equestrian. Both FOSH and NAWD welcome gaited horse owners and equine enthusiast who like to ride, try, and have fun with classical horsemanship or are interested in promoting dressage for gaited breeds. 

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and in the fight against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, or to become a member, please visit or call 800-­651­7993.


2 Gaited Tests:

A, B, C, D and E

Gaited Dressage Tests:

Intro, Training, 1st and 2nd Level (4 progressive tests for each Level)