Official Newsletter of the Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota
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The Journey Newsletter provides articles and information ranging from training topics to arena news. The newsletter consists of a monthly feature article and a letter from the President of the WDA of MN, as well as Westerns Tradition, Training by Degrees and The National Spotlight.
This is an exciting time for the Western Dressage and we want to be the source you turn to for news and information. The Western Traditions section is all things Western Dressage. In this section of our newsletter, we will share news and information about what is happening in the world of Western Dressage. We will be the first to inform you about information released for the National Organization, the WDAA, on riding tests, rules and regulations, and riding equipment and requirements, as well as news from inside the national and local Western Dressage show arena.
Training by Degrees
In January’s issue of the Western Horseman magazine, there was an article from Lessons from Legends called, “Old is New Again” featuring Jack Brainard, Advisory Director to the Western Dressage Association® of America. In the article, Jack Brainard explains, “I think that Western dressage teaches you to school a horse by degrees”. Degree by definition means relative extent, amount, intensity or level of something. So, training your western horse using classic dressage principles by degrees would mean to slowly introduce these dressage principles to improve your western horse.
Training by Degrees will bring you a series of articles focused on how to apply classic dressage principles to your western riding. Remember, it is not our goal to train our western horse to be an upper level dressage horse, but rather, to borrow some classic dressage principles to improve our western horse. We look forward to sharing this information with you as we help guide you and your horse along your journey to Western Dressage.
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. In the National Spotlight section of the newsletter, we will feature the latest news from the Western Dressage Association® of America.