Welcome to the Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota
The Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota would like to announce the 2014 “Saddle-Up & Ride” Western Dressage Schooling Show Circuit. This circuit will be a series of schooling shows, here in Minnesota, offering Western Dressage classes in a fun and casual environment where you and your horse can explore the new discipline of Western Dressage.
- 2014 “Saddle-Up & Ride” Schooling Show Circuit
- Earn Points toward Year-End Awards
- Ride WDAA Western Dressage Test of Choice from Basic through Third Level
- List of Qualifying Shows, Show Bills, Announcements and any Updates to the High-Point Program will be posted on the “Saddle-Up & Ride” page of this website.
Interested in having your schooling show listed on the
WDA of MN “Saddle-Up & Ride” WD Schooling Show Circuit?
Message us at info@WDAMN.org for details!
Below is a list of Qualifying WD Schooling Shows on the “Saddle-Up & Ride” CircuitSunday, June 1st Rocking R Farm Schooling Show – Foley, MN Saturday, June 21st Lakeview Farm Traditional and Western Dressage Schooling Show hosted by WikSmart Coolers – Hugo, MN Saturday, August 2nd “Saddle-Up & Ride” NWSC WD Schooling Show hosted by WDA of MN at NWSC show grounds – North Branch, MN Sunday, August 3rd Rocking R Farm Schooling Show – Foley, MN Saturday, September 13th Lakeview Farm Traditional and Western Dressage Schooling Show hosted by WikSmart Coolers – Hugo, MN Sunday, October 5th Rocking R Farm Schooling Show – Foley, MN
More show dates will be added to this list as details become available, so check back often.
At the Mid-Year meeting of the United States Equestrian Federation, the Board of Directors approved a rule change proposal, effective 12/1/2013, which recognizes Western Dressage as an individual discipline which will have its own chapter in the USEF Rule Book beginning with the 2014 competition season. The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is honored to have been named the USEF Recognized Affiliate for the exciting new discipline of Western Dressage. WDAA is thrilled to bring its focus and mission of “Honoring the Horse” to the USEF’s horse welfare initiatives. WDAA will work closely with USEF coordinating rule processes and other recognized affiliate functions.
What is Western Dressage?
Harmony, Cadence, Balance, Lightness, Impulsion and Suppleness. Each of these characteristics are used to define that perfect moment or ride. Each is an attribute that Western Dressage helps to develop. Western Dressage encompasses fundamental training and riding techniques with the desire to strengthen the trust and understanding between horse and rider.
The “Western” component comes from the traditions and heritage of the American west horsemanship utilizing light contact while seeking to understand and build the relationship of horse and rider through communication.
“Dressage” is actually the classical training and elements resulting from historical military training designed to develop the strength, capabilities and partnership of the horse.
In combining the two, the goal is to have riders with greater awareness of how to enhance their horse through communication and proper riding as well as how to improve their horses’ carriage, balance and athletic ability skills which transcend any discipline.
Our mission will be guided by that of the WDAA
The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is to honor the horse and to value the partnership it has provided us on our American journey. Its mission is to provide a model of training and horsemanship which optimizes this partnership for the benefit of both horse and rider. Its mission is to celebrate the American West where all these things came to pass.
As such, the Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota is about more then receiving blue ribbons or a high test scores. It is about education and enlightenment. It is learning and understanding the horses’ thoughts, emotions, and movement. It is about growth as a rider through training techniques, attaining feedback, measuring progress, and setting goals. It is also about the future and continuing to cement the horse, as not just a tool, but as a partner and friend in the magical pursuit of harmony and balance. The WDA of MN is dedicated to our mission and want you to join us.
Want to learn more about the WDA of MN and the Membership Benefits… CLICK HERE!