Exciting Times for the WDA of MN

The Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota would like to thank all of our members, sponsors, and supporters from making 2013 such a success. The WDA® of MN has seen a great deal of interest from local Western Dressage enthusiasts. It is our goal as an organization to continue working hard to bring you and your horse educational opportunities to the state of Minnesota. Here are the Highlights from 2013: 300+ Subscribers to “The Journey…” the […]

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How Western Dressage can help your western horse

According to the Western Dressage Association of America, the goal of Western Dressage is to develop a partnership: a happy equine athlete working in harmony with his rider. Western Dressage training uses classical dressage principles combined with the maneuvers of the working/stock horse.  It gives horses the foundation to excel in any discipline, and it can help prevent or solve problems western riders might face in another discipline. In recent years, Western Dressage has developed […]

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The Journey to Western Dressage Begins Here!

Horse and rider moving in harmony, a seamless pattern of fluid motion as the pair glide across the arena…a true vision of beauty! Many of us have witnessed this scene but may struggle to achieve this level of harmony with our own equine partner. So the journey begins… Skilled horsemen understand the importance of a light, responsive horse that works in harmony with the rider and have been using dressage principals in training western performance […]

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Understanding the Half-Halt

The half-halt is a specific riding aid given by an equestrian to his horse, in which the driving aids and restraining aids are applied in quick succession. It is sometimes thought of as an “almost halt,” asking the horse to prepare to halt in balance, before pushing it onward to continue in its gait. Uses of the Half-Halt The main purpose of the half-halt is to rebalance the horse, asking it to carry its weight […]

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What to expect at your first schooling show

In the last newsletter, we talked about how to get started in competitive western dressage.  Here is more information about what you’ll experience when you’re ready to head to a schooling show. If you’ve been to or competed in a traditional Dressage show, you pretty much know what to expect at a western dressage show.  If not, here is an idea of what you’ll find when you get to your first schooling show. There are […]

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New Educational Videos & Online Clinic for Western Dressage!

The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) and HorseShow.com have partnered in unveiling two new programs for the benefit of riders; Western Dressage online clinics and reference videos of the Western Dressage tests. The WDAA is excited for these offerings which give equestrians more opportunities to explore Western Dressage in an encouraging manner, consistent with the WDAA educational mission. The Western Dressage online clinics are available via HorseShow.com. These clinics give riders a fantastic opportunity […]

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Heather Carlson-Worthing, SD

About Heather Carlson… A lifelong horse lover! I began with horses in the 4-H program and High School Rodeo. As an adult I moved into showing in open and Arabian Breed shows. I have enjoyed the opportunity to show in all of the disciplines. I have participated in Judge training for Arabians, 4-H, Dressage ‘L’ training, and USDF Sporthorse Breeding judging. I currently train and show Dressage and Sporthorse in Hand in USDF and breed […]

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Minnesota Horse Expo has it all – including Western Dressage!

The Minnesota Horse Expo, now in its 31st year, has something for anyone with an interest in horses. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council and is held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds over three days, April 26-28, 2013. All three days are packed with horse-related education and entertainment, and there are over 800 booths with products and information. Over 50 breeds are showcased. The Expo hosts a PRCA rodeo each day. New […]

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Pyramid of Training Series: More on Impulsion

The foundation for the Pyramid of Training is rhythm, with energy and tempo, and relaxation, with elasticity and suppleness. The rider brings rhythm and relaxation together through connection, which is evident by the acceptance of the bit through the acceptance of the rider’s aids.  You will observe fluid movement between horse and rider when rhythm, relaxation and connection are evident and, as the horse progresses through his training, you will also start to see impulsion, […]

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Tradition

A recent poll published in Horse & Rider magazine, a publication geared toward western riders, showed that 61% of their readers who responded said they always wear a helmet when riding. Another 13% said they sometimes wear one, 9% said they rarely do, and 17% said they never wear a helmet. Those percentages may sound surprising to some, considering that western riders haven’t traditionally worn helmets. Western tradition, as far as attire, tack, and training […]

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