WD Resource Center

“It is not the goal of the Western Dressage classes to use Dressage Horses under western tack. It is the goal of Western Dressage to maintain the integrity and lightness of the western horse and western traditions through the use of dressage. This is very important. A western horse moves different, Western Dressage can just help it move ‘better’.”

Welcome to the Western Dressage Resource Center

Renee Dries at WD SymposiumThe Morgan horse community is credited with offering the first Western Dressage classes to exhibitors at Morgan Horse Shows. The classes became wildly popular and, as a result, several enthusiastic riders approached the Morgan committee of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and asked for assistance getting these classes approved.

Video: Western Dressage at the Morgan Grand National

Working together, the Morgan committee and the USEF developed rules and guidelines, as well as tests for Western Dressage classes based on the tests used in today’s dressage ring.

Please note, the following information on rules, guidelines, and western dressage tests is being reviewed. The Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota will update this information as soon as it becomes available.

The objective of Western Dressage is to harmoniously develop the physique and ability of the horse. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose, and flexible. The Western Dressage Resource Center will provide information about the discipline of Western Dressage in an effort to help you and your horse reach your personal riding and training goals.

Here at the Western Dressage Resource Center, you will find information on Western Dressage tests including arena size and layout, average ride times, maximum possible points, and collective marks. You will also find:

• Guidelines for Judging

• Western Dressage Rules for All Breeds

• Video Gallery

• Glossary of Terms

• FAQ’s

• “How To” Topics.



Our goal is to make the Western Dressage Resource Center your one-stop shop for all your training needs. Please feel free to contact us at info@wdamn.org with any questions or suggestions.

Want to learn more about the WDA of MN and the Membership Benefits… CLICK HERE!

The road for Western Dressage begins here. Please join us for the fun!

After all… “It’s about the journey”