Gaits Wide Open
A virtual Dressage Show Program specifically for Gaited Horses!!
Classical horsemanship is for every equestrian. Gaits Wide Open (GWO) welcomes gaited horse owners and equine enthusiasts who train with classical horsemanship or are interested in promoting dressage for gaited breeds.
Although the discipline of Dressage is universal, it was developed for horses who trot (intermediate gait). Gaited breeds exhibit an intermediate gait that is not a trot and, consequently, there may be some differences between Classical Dressage and Dressage for Gaited Horses.
North American Western Dressage (NAWD) and Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH)/Independent Judges’ Association (IJA) have entered into an Alliance Partnership. This Partnership believes the following:
- All horses, whether gaited or not, can benefit from the training and progression of the principles of Dressage
- Respects the universality of Dressage and will adapt the fundamentals for Dressage to gaited horses
- Recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each gaited breed as well as the similarity between gaited breeds
- Throughout the year, several NAWD Virtual Shows offer a Gaited Dressage Division. Check the NAWD calendar on the homepage for shows offering a Gaited Dressage Division.
- NAWD and FOSH Alliance Partnership offers reciprocal membership. To participate in NAWD virtual shows, you must be a current NAWD or FOSH member (check the appropriate box on the entry form)
- NAWD virtual gaited show entries will be automatically entered into the FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses recognition program.
- FOSH Dressage for Gaited Horses (under the FOSH Gaited Sport Horse initiative) offers a reward program open to all breeds of gaited horses that are at least 48 months of age. Scores from gaited horse dressage tests judged by licensed judges are tracked for participants and recognized annually. Recognized gaited horse tests include those published by Independent Judges’ Association (IJA), North American Western Dressage Association (NAWD), Western Dressage Association of American (WDAA), National Walking Horse Association (NWHA), and Cowboy Dressage.
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One to get Ready - One to Show!!
FOSH is pleased to sponsor the ONE TO GET READY/ONE TO SHOW Coupon in 2018!
This coupon entitles you to the following 2 items:
1. Use the Coupon Code to apply $25.00 toward:
- Gaited Test in any 2018 NAWD Virtual Show offering Gaited Dressage (check the calendar on the home page). Office fees, additional tests or other ancillary fees beyond the $25.00 coupon are the responsibility of the exhibitor.
- Submit a 24/7 Gaited Test for judging (not affiliated with a Virtual Show) to receive judging feedback without to video your test during show specified dates
2. Gaits Wide Open Virtual Dressage Show, Oct 1-15, 2018
FOSH is proud to sponsor the GAITS WIDE OPEN 2018 VIRTUAL DRESSAGE SHOW. Enter the coupon when entering this show for one free test. Office fees, additional tests or other ancillary fees beyond the one free test are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Videos tests must be recorded/submitted between October 1-15, 2018.