Written on 27/03/2014, 12:10 by Jen
is-wd-or-cd-a-fad A while back Rein Lily submitted a list of questions that she is hearing about Western Dressage (WD) and Cowboy DressageTM (CD), which you can read by clicking here.  I promised to answer them one by one, but not necessarily in the order given.  Before we can decide if WD is a fad,...
Written on 27/03/2014, 12:10 by Jen
understanding-your-scoresheet One of the truly great benefits of showing in a dressage class, be it western or English, is that at the end of the day, you will be able to take home a physical score sheet for each class in which you rode: your score sheet.  On this sheet is...
Written on 06/10/2013, 12:59 by Rein Lily
western-cowboy-more-questions-than-answersWhat is Western Dressage?  And what is Cowboy Dressage? by Rein Lily Western Dressage is a fresh and innovative discipline that has recently taken the nation’s show arenas by storm.  All over the country, new web sites and Facebook pages are popping up showcasing Western Dressage affiliates by states, counties, and...
Written on 06/10/2013, 12:59 by Jen
dressage-is-a-dirty-word“Dressage” A dirty word or the holy grail of horsemanship? During the last 3 years, the reactions we’ve received to the term “Western Dressage” have been widely varied.  Usually the idea is greeted with great enthusiasm and support but sometimes Western Riders are turned off by the word “dressage”.  When asked...
Written on 06/10/2013, 12:59 by Jen
western-dressage-coaches-welcome-to-america Coaches- welcome to America in the 21st century A few weeks ago I read an article written by a dressage trainer from Germany complaining about the caliber of riders that shows up for her clinics.  She said “to show up for training from an accomplished rider before you are ready to...
Written on 25/08/2013, 17:14 by Jen
why-is-cowboy-dressage-on-fireMy name is Jen Johnson from North American Western Dressage. It’s been three years since I was introduced to the concept of Western Dressage and began spreading the word that here was finally a discipline that would enable the average western rider: the amateur like myself, learn and apply classical...
Written on 12/08/2013, 16:36 by Jen
virtual-benefits-2Virtual Benefits  Why should riders participate in virtual Western Dressage schooling shows?  Is it easier than hauling a horse to a venue two or      more counties away?  Is it cheaper than paying “live” show entry fees, stalling fees, parking fees, and unhealthy overpriced food  prices?  Does the horse endure...
Written on 01/01/2013, 02:19 by Jen
bitting-requirement-rule-change-for-2013 For 2013, NAWD will allow a curb bit or 2-rein at level 5 (equivalent of USDF level 3) but ONLY after successful completion of Levels 1-4 in the snaffle. When you go to the curb you are required to use one hand.  Also, if you choose, you will have the...
Written on 14/12/2012, 02:41 by Jen
a-call-to-actionA call to action!  NAWD has been working hard developing a committee structure that will allow for open communication and collaboration across the miles.  We have already had quite a few volunteers sign on (some of which we met at the Convention) but there is much work to be done!...
Written on 14/12/2012, 02:41 by Jen
cowboy-dressage-what-is-the-difference  What is the Difference between Cowboy Dressage and Western Dressage?   Eitan and Debbie Beth-Halachmy explain                              Click here to read the entire article.....
Written on 20/11/2012, 02:04 by Jen
age-requirements-for-horsesSecSection 3.06                      HORSE AGE REQUIREMENTS The horse’s age is to be counted form January 1st of the year of birth to January 1 of the current show year. No horse may compete in any western dressage test if it is under thirty-six months of age (of foaling date) at the time...
Written on 16/10/2012, 03:24 by Jen
nawd-show-at-equifestWe had a blast at the Minnesota Equifest last weekend!  The NAWD/ Midwest Western Dressage show went very smoothly.  We had 23 rides all the way from 1st to 6th levels and everyone seemed very happy with the tests.  Many thanks to Nancy Duggan and the Equifest staff, our Judge...
Written on 31/08/2012, 15:29 by Jen
western-dressage-turnout   Throughout the NAWD rulebook, we have used the word "conservative" to describe tack, dress, and accessories.  Our reasoning for this is twofold: 1.  We want to keep Western Dressage accessible and affordable.  Some can afford a lot of "bling", others can not; we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at...
Written on 22/06/2012, 01:24 by admin
horse-in-the-morning Listen as Michelle Binder-Zolezzi introduces NAWD and Western Dressage on the Horse Radio Network.  The Horse Radio Network is a rapidly growing internet radio phenomenon with over 40,000 monthly downloads in 42 countries.
Written on 22/06/2012, 01:24 by admin
the-western-radio-show Listen as Michelle Binder-Zolezzi introduces NAWD and Western Dressage on the Horse Radio Network.  The Horse Radio Network is a rapidly growing internet radio phenomenon with over 40,000 monthly downloads in 42 countries.       Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mpeg  
Written on 07/06/2012, 11:40 by Jen
western-dressage-attire   Excerpt from 2012 NAWD Rulebook   Article I.             DRESS Section 1.01              GENERAL (a)  A Show Committee may bar any entry or person from entering the ring if not suitably presented to appear before an audience. (b)  Riders must wear a long-sleeved shirt with a collar of conservative style and color. (c)   Trousers or pants (a one-piece...
Written on 07/06/2012, 11:40 by Jen
rules-for-saddles-2 Excerpt from 2012 NAWD Rulebook:  SSection 1.01              HATS OR PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR   (a)  Riders must wear suitable western hat or an ASTM/SEI certified protective equestrian headgear, and are not required to be of Western style.    (b)  Riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.   (c)   A show committee must bar riders without...
Written on 31/05/2012, 02:56 by NAWD
daily-vocabularyDaily Vocabulary rhythm:  The steadiness of the cadence, also steadiness of tempo or beat of footfalls          6/1/2012 relaxation: quality of the horses mind and body that allows movement to flow freely forward through the body from the hind legs, over the topline to the poll, into the riders hand unimpeded by tension,...
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What is the Difference between Cowboy Dressage and Western Dressage?   Eitan and Debbie Beth-Halachmy explain

                             Click here to read the entire article.....