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Western dressage integrates the historically validated principles of dressage with the best of Western stock horse tradition. It is a systematic and progressive system of training for the Western horse and rider in traditional stock tack with the purpose of enjoying a safe, pleasurable, versatile, and useful working horse. The hallmarks of the Western dressage horse are usefulness, rideability, willingness, safety, pure gaits, lightness, calmness, and steadiness. Western dressage provides the opportunity for horse and rider to demonstrate growth through a series of progressive elements by advancing from test to test and level to level as they develop in physical skill, mental maturity, and partnership. A Western dressage partnership should culminate in a happy, harmonious horse-and-rider relationship. 

Recognized National Affiliate Association

Learn more about Western dressage by visiting the Western Dressage Association of America at The mission statement of WDAA is to build an equine community that combines the Western traditions of horse and rider with Classical Dressage. WDAA honors the horse, values the partnership between horse and rider, and celebrates the legacy of the American West.

In The News

Western Dressage Updates for USEF Lite Competitions and Equitation Patterns

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 10, 2022, 1:20 PM EST

US Equestrian Now Accepting Applications for Higher Education Scholarship for High School Seniors

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 2, 2022, 11:01 AM EST

Vaulter Rebecca Share Wins 2021 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 15, 2021, 10:00 AM EST

Presidential Modification Regarding WD130

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 2, 2021, 10:35 AM EST

Western Dressage World Championship Show Welcomes Diverse Riders and Breeds

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 28, 2021, 12:36 PM EST