Western Dressage is fairly new to Nova Scotia. This page is intended to assist those people who might be interested in entering a western dressage class at Five Fires Scotia Series shows. The article What Is Western Dressage? from the Western Dressage Association of America website gives a good over view of this discipline.
Canadian western dressage association website (link below) is a wealth of information about the sport of western dressage. The site explains the tests, the ring they are to be ridden in, gaits, philosophies behind western dressage, etc.
Scotia Series Dressage is available in Nova Scotia and includes western dressage.
The tests are organized on a progressive scale of difficult.y as follows: Introductory level tests 1 to 4, Basic Level tests 1 to 4, Level 1 tests 1 to 4, up to level 3 tests 1 to 4.
What Does Western Dressage look Like?
Here are some videos to give you a visual of the sport. While these tests are being ridden one handed, please note that two hands are also permitted under the CWSD rules. These tests aren’t intended as examples of ‘perfect’, but as a general guide. They include scores out of 10 for each movement, so you can see the results. This horse and rider combination achieve unusually high scores – don’t be discouraged if you don’t achieve the same results! Scores in the mid 60’s are considered very well done.
United States Equestrian Federation Primary Test # 2
United States Equestrian Federation Basic Test # 1