6 ft on the Ground

2017 Six Feet on the Ground Program

NAWD’s groundwork program provides a progressive system of tests for practice, training, and competition. Working with your horse on the ground is the first step in developing a partnership and we should consistently take the opportunity to evaluate this most basic foundation building activity. There are many different ways that people train their horses on the ground, and this program allows you freedom and flexibility to work with your horse in the way that is most effective for you.

Six Feet on the Ground is NOT a showmanship class. Scores are not based on where you stand, how you hold the lead, or how much bling is on your halter or clothing.

In Six Feet on the Ground, we emphasize the principles in the training scale, which are applicable to every discipline and provides a working model for success even before we get in the saddle.

Click the links below to view groundwork rules and tests:

2017 Six Feet on the Ground Guidelines

2017 Six Feet on the Ground Tests

Thank you to Dr. Michael Guerini and Amanda Lane of Double Lane Horsemanship for their contributions to the Six Feet on the Ground program.

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2017 Six Feet on the Ground Program

NAWD’s groundwork program provides a progressive system of tests for practice, training, and competition. Working with your horse on the ground is the first step in developing a partnership and we should consistently take the opportunity to evaluate this most basic foundation building activity. There are many different ways that people train their horses on the ground, and this program allows you freedom and flexibility to work with your horse in the way that is most effective for you.

Six Feet on the Ground is NOT a showmanship class. Scores are not based on where you stand, how you hold the lead, or how much bling is on your halter or clothing.

In Six Feet on the Ground, we emphasize the principles in the training scale, which are applicable to every discipline and provides a working model for success even before we get in the saddle.

Click the links below to view groundwork rules and tests:

2017 Six Feet on the Ground Guidelines

2017 Six Feet on the Ground Tests

Thank you to Dr. Michael Guerini and Amanda Lane of Double Lane Horsemanship for their contributions to the Six Feet on the Ground program.

Freestyle

NAWD All-Around Freestyle for Western Dressage and Traditional Dressage

Western Dressage FreestyleNAWD All-Around Freestyle tests begin with a list of prescribed elements of Western Dressage tests, then ask you to show us something that lets your horse shine!

NAWD All-Around Freestyle Tests — The all-around segment of the freestyle upholds the NAWD mission that: Classical Principles can help any horse become a better partner and improve his performance for any discipline.

All-Around (any discipline)” points will be awarded when riders demonstrate versatility by including movements or elements that are not included inWestern Dressage Freestyle Dressage or Western Dressage Tests.

Some examples may be: gaming patterns, reining moves, trail obstacles, cutting, cattle working, mounted shooting, carrying a flag, roping, garrocha, working equitation obstacles, etc. These are just a few examples.

Rider must submit written description of all-around elements for the judge to have on hand when scoring.

A maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on how well the horse and rider demonstrate rhythm/relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness, and collection in their non-dressage performance.

A maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on Composition, arrangement & flow of maneuvers. Creativity & artistry of the performance. Music suitability (if used) is also included in this category

NAWD Collectives apply and these tests are judged using the NAWD Objective Judging System.

NAWD All Around Freestyle Guidelines

For your convenience and ease of printing, we have prepared a complete set of freestyle tests that do not include the score totals and collective sections.