Get Started in Western Dressage

How do I learn?

Watch a demonstration.
March 25, 2012: 3pm at South Creek Stables
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Attend a clinic or lesson.
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Attend a practice.
Practices will be held through the year.
Some will be at Trail Rider Challenge events.
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Western Dressage classes will be held at:

Nebraska Dressage Association schooling shows

In Iowa, the IaDCTA offers Limited classes for western riders.

Western Riders are welcome in 4-H dressage classes.
The patterns used are in your 4-H rule book.

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Rules, Patterns, Arena

The Western Dressage Association has worked with the United States Equestrian Federation to develop rules and guidelines for judging.
Western Dressage Rules and guidelines - PDF

Patterns in the dressage world are called tests. They are similar to a horsemanship pattern but longer.
The tests which are approved by the USEF are below.
More tests will be added as they are approved.
Western Dressage Basic Test 1 - PDF
Western Dressage Basic Test 2 - PDF
Western Dressage Primary Level Test 3 - PDF
USDF training level patterns and rules may be used at this years shows. More details will be posted soon.

A small dressage arena is 20 meters x 40 meters.
A large dressage arena is 20 meters x 60 meters.

20 meter is 66 feet.
40 meters is 132 feet.
60 meters is 198 feet.

Letters along the sides of the arena serve as markers as you ride the patterns.
A large arena is pictured below.