Welcome to the Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota
Thank you to everyone involved for making this year’s WD Symposium a SUCCESS!
The Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for making this year’s Western Dressage Symposium possible. Thanks to the support of our Sponsors, Clinicians, and Riders, we were able to offer a wonderful educational experience. Thank you to all the auditors for attending this event, we truly appreciate your continued support.
Specials Thanks to our Sponsors…The Minnesota Horse Council, Espana SILK™, Trillium Veterinary Acupuncture and Chiropractic, Favorite Cowgirl Coffee, Wiksmart Coolers. Our Clinicians…Kate Phillips, Jim Hatch and Mel Harms-Grossman. Our Demo Riders…The Woodloch Group and The Firenz Family. Thank you to all our Ride-a-Test participants and Kelly Vallandingham of the U of M Equine Center.
The Minnesota Horse Council, a non-profit corporation, encourages and supports equine-related activities, concerns and education. Founded in 1935, the Council began as a vehicle for horse owners and exhibitors to coordinate horse activities with the Minnesota State Fair Board. Since then the Minnesota Horse Council has evolved into an umbrella organization uniting and supporting equine activities throughout the state.
Western Dressage becomes USEF Discipline! 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.
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