NAWD Tests are all about making Western Dressage more accessible for everyone!

  • All levels may be ridden in a large (20 x 60m) or small (20 x 40m) court.

    NAWD tests are designed for people working at home, many of which do not have access to a large arena (20 x 60m) and instead can set up the small court.

  • NAWD Western Dressage Tests are judged under the NAWD Objective Judging Scale. This scale provides consistency and uniformity across NAWD Six Feet on the Ground, Western Dressage, NAWD Dressage on a Dime, Ranch Horse Western Dressage, and NAWD All-Around Freestyle.
    You might ask–“How is it possible for NAWD to provide consistency across these different categories?”  It IS possible because although the tests are different, we have connected our judging system to the training scale, which we believe that; when combined with a solid understanding of equine movement and bio-mechanics,  provides the foundation for all horsemanship activities.
    The NAWD Objective Judging System does not replace the FEI judging program.  Rather, it provides more detail for the rider regarding what they need to do to receive a score.  This system demystifies the judging process and ties the word meanings of the numbers directly to the training scale.
  • NAWD Tests are carefully designed to be progressive – each test builds on the last and we recommend that you ride all of the tests within each level  in the order that they are given.
  • Judges for the NAWD Tests in the virtual shows are allowed to rewind and are encouraged to provide an in-depth analysis in the comments of the scoresheets.

Test Cards

All 4 Intro tests on handy cards.
The cards fit in your pocket as you ride, are formulated to be easy to read while your horse is moving

NAWD tests are optimized for video testing.

A little bit shorter while maintaining strict dressage guidelines, they are faster to upload for submitting to the virtual shows. 

USEF/WDAA tests are also included in our large class list. You can find those tests here:

Intro

PURPOSE: Tests provide the horse and handler the ability to develop a partnership as they begin the first steps in building a classical foundation.

Pure Gaits and Relaxation are key

Basic

PURPOSE: Basic level helps develop balance in all 3 gaits while the horse maintains relaxation, pure gaits, and a soft; yet steady connection to the rider’s hands.

Develop Balance and Connection

1st Level

PURPOSE: Tests provide the horse and handler the ability to develop a partnership as they begin the first steps in building a classical foundation.

Pure Gaits and Relaxation are key

2nd Level

PURPOSE: Basic level helps develop balance in all 3 gaits while the horse maintains relaxation, pure gaits, and a soft; yet steady connection to the rider’s hands.

Develop Balance and Connection